Nothing brightens or destroys the atmosphere of a room like lighting. It can transform your home for better or worse. And, since it is always preferable to settle for the first option, it is important to make informed decisions when planning lighting in general, and even just when buying one new lamp.
Lighting has a direct impact on a person’s mood and energy. It creates an atmosphere in the home and can help zone spaces such as living and dining rooms, especially in open-plan apartments. In a space-constrained apartment, if you want your space to feel more spacious and inviting, lighting needs to be carefully planned.
Appreciate natural light
If you’re lucky enough to have enough natural light so your apartment doesn’t need artificial lighting during the daytime, that’s great! Natural light is the healthiest lighting option, and it always visually enlarges the space. Of course, the windows must be clean for this. One of the best and simple tips for a small apartment is to put a large mirror in front of the window, this move will immediately make the room brighter and more spacious.
Multiple light sources
Every room needs more than one light source, no matter how small. This goes for even tiny apartments, as they tend to look even smaller when they don’t get enough light. Ceiling lights are a priority, but do not forget the importance of wall, floor and table lamps.
Choosing ceiling lights
Track lighting is one of the popular solutions for ceiling lights.. They are beneficial for small areas, as they distribute light evenly across the ceiling and do not take up too much space. Often people disapprove of this type of lighting due to the fact that the path is considered unsightly. To solve this problem, try hanging lamps from the path to draw attention away from it and focus on pendants instead. These luminaires are also convenient because they only need to be installed once, and you will get more than one light source. Also, to maximize the space in a small apartment, spot ceiling lights are good, they will not “steal” too much valuable space.
Wall lamps are great for lighting up dark corners and drawing attention to your walls. With the right arrangement, they will visually make the room wider and brighter. When the light is focused on an art object, a plant, or a bookshelf, the illusion of “disappearing” walls is created, making the space appear larger. These lamps are traditionally used to display paintings or library shelves, but they can also be used as reading sconces when hung directly above your favorite chair.
Table lamps are not just decoration
If we’re talking about tips for lighting a small apartment, we can’t help but mention table lamps. They can be decorative and become a bright accent in the interior, or they can simply add lightness to the room. When buying table lamps, pay attention to the lampshades, they change the color or intensity of the light from the lamp. Those areas of your apartment where you do your work or some other tasks need an additional light source.
Once you’ve decided on your lighting fixtures, it’s time to start looking for light bulbs that will give your home a color that pleases your eyes. For living spaces, most people choose warm white light (2700 – 3000K) and it’s a win-win. If you want your room to look more modern and clean, you can opt for cold light (around 4000K). But be careful, there is a risk that your space will look too “sterile”. For the bedroom, designers advise choosing warmer tones (below 3000 K), as such lighting has a calming effect on the eyes and the whole body.
Mix, match and create contrasts
No one wants their apartment to look dull and dreary, and a consistent lighting design will provide just that feeling. Try using wall sconces and floor lamps to spread light around, opening up the space. Wall lamps are an ideal way to increase brightness as they are able to spread more light around the room without directing it towards the ceiling or floor. Make your living room dynamic with multiple light sources scattered around the room in a triangular pattern at different heights.
Design in odd numbers
When you design multiple lights in the same style in your space, work with odd numbers: This method helps to add an element of balance and symmetry to your space with minimal effort. For a sleek, calm interior, choose light fixtures in the same color as the ceiling and wall paint to emphasize texture. To create a soft glow in the room without detracting from the overall design, choose lighting that matches the color of your wall.