What country do you dream of visiting — or what has been your favorite vacation?, if you had a blast soaking up the bold colors of a tropical vacation, you might love being surrounded by bold colors in your interiors, too. Or if you prefer the earthy, muted tones of a Tuscan landscape, you might find that those hues bring similar peace and calm to your interiors. Grab a stack of home design magazines for a tactile tear-out session. Pinterest is great, but there's something visceral about flipping through the physical pages of a design magazine. Like we've advised before, just tear out the pages that catch your eye, and do it quickly, not over-thinking what the style is that you're seeing. Later you can look through the pages to pick out the elements you see over and over again.
Problem #5: Not Enough Light. It's particularly important in the living room, where we often spend quite a bit of time. However it's a tricky space to strike the right lighting balance, thanks to the many different functions the living room serves. Small homes are often lacking natural light because of two reasons: Builders know that windows are expensive, and they also know that they take up valuable wall space, and well, there's only so much of that in a small space already. Solutions: Don't take up too much valuable floor or table space with lamps. Choose recessed, wall-mounted, hanging or shelf-mounted lighting. Floor up-lighting is also a great way to enhance a small space. When decorating a small living room that doesn't have a lot of natural light, choosing light shades of flooring, furnishings, walls and decor can do a lot to brighten your space.
The first step when lighting any room is to ask yourself: what happens here? Different activities require different types and levels of light. A well-lit living room will have three different types of lighting: general, task and accent. These are used at different times of day and for different purposes, and key to a functional lighting scheme it to know how and when to mix and use them. Not all homes have a ceiling fitting in the living room, and if you have lots of natural light during the day, you might not need overhead light at all. But if you have the fitting, a central pendant or chandelier helps to zone the space and create a focus. Similarly, potlights or angled spotlights will create a even layer of overhead lighting. In the absence of any overhead lights, a large, arced floor lamp will do the trick.
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