Light Up My Life || Choosing Lights for your Home

Choosing lights for your home can be tough. Get it right and the house will create a fabulous space for you to relax in. But if you are like me, you have horrible lighting that kills your chilling vibe. Chilling vibe? See? The lighting is so rubbish in my house, it makes me write bad……that’s my excuse and I’m sticking with it.

Living Room

The living room is the centre of my home. We have the tv here, the comfy sofas. This is where we like to sit and chill out when we have free time. When we do sit in here, it’s in the evening and we like to keep the lights down low. Normally we don’t bother with the main light, instead, we use a tall lamp with a dimmer switch.

What we have…

The lights in the living room don’t match. The tall lamp is brass effect and the ceiling light is silver (chrome?) and I hate it. Always have. The main light is on a standard switch so no soft lighting for me. The lamp does have a dimmer and an extra bit so I can work in the evening without annoying everyone.

What we would like…

Matching lights would be a nice change. It’s actually hard to pick the sort of light that would look good in my small living room. I like the idea of brass. I think that I could create a warm feeling for cosy winter evenings. My husband likes the idea of tv backlighting, which I like too, but I’m not sure if my living room is big enough for that.

Kitchen

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The kitchen is the heart of the home. This is where you cook your meals, the family gathers together to feast. There is also a mountain of steam and grease from cooking. The kitchen can be one of the dirtiest rooms in the house. The last thing that we need is pokey lights and little holes for grime and grease to hide in.

What we have….

I have the grossest and disgusting lights in my kitchen. The grease and the other stuff in the kitchen has a habit of sticking to the lights. Why are there those little pointy things on them? These are the biggest dust collectors and no matter how much I clean them, they seem to be permanently filthy.

What we would like….

Ideally, I would love spotlights. I’ve lived in other houses that had spotlights in the kitchen and they were handy.

Bedroom

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The bedroom, that’s where the magic happens. You know, sleeping. This is the room that provides comfort and relaxation after a hard days graft. The lighting in here needs to be perfect.

What we have….

My room has a poor attempt at a chandelier. I love the idea of having a proper pretty light.

What we would like….

I love the idea of having pretty lights. The lamps that we have are from Laura Ashley which we found in a second-hand stall.

Bathroom

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The bathroom is one of the hardest rooms to get right. There are so many different aspects that you need to think of. The lights should be waterproof. They need to get the right lighting so that you can shave or put your makeup on. The last thing you need is an orange face because you have put too much bronzer on.

What we have…

We have the most ridiculous light in the bathroom. It’s a bulb. We do have a string pull (which I had to install myself). The lampshade is this pink flower thing which is falling to bits. Multi smacks with towels and people getting dressed has destroyed my attempt at a pretty light feature.

What we would like…

Having a string light in the bathroom is a stupid idea. For the bathroom, you really need spotlights which are waterproof and steam proof. This is the advice I got from an electrician years ago. Depending on the bulb that you choose, you can get away with good natural light. Ideally, having a mirror with a backlight would be the best for early morning makeup applications.

 

This post was made in partnership with First Lighting. Not only did they sponsor this post, but their site provided some amazing inspiration for what I could do with my own lighting problems.

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