Proper lighting is a critical component of every remodel.
Have you seen those before-and-after pictures in newspapers and magazines where a designer takes a boring room and turns it into something dazzling? A big part of these pictures is lighting. The photographer makes sure the lighting is terrible in the before picture, and perfect in the after picture.
Light Up Your Spaces
The only place that should be dark all the time is a nightclub. So your kitchen, your bathroom — every room in your house needs good lighting. And it doesn’t have to be natural light either. If it’s your basement, you just have to make sure you add enough lighting fixtures.
So is that all you need? Once you get your rooms bright enough, they will look great?
No. Once you get them bright enough, you will be able to see what is wrong with them — the cracked tile, the stained carpet, the scratched floors and the worn cabinets.
When you invest in a home renovation, regardless of what room it is, you want to get the most enjoyment out of it that you can. And how can you get any if you can’t see what you paid for?
Years ago, kitchen lighting was one fixture in the center of the room. This type of design essentially meant anyone standing and working at a counter was a human barrier between the light and the job.
Today, you will still see pendant lighting, but more often you will see multiple pendants. Depending on the size of the kitchen, the pendants may be enhanced by recessed lighting. Regardless, most modern kitchens are equipped with under-cabinet lighting so that you can see what you’re dicing and slicing.
Without adequate bathroom lighting, you run the risk of going out into the world with a garish makeup job or an unevenly shaved face. Bright light allows you to see what you’re doing when you look in the mirror.
But sometimes you don’t want to see, and that’s why many bathrooms have several switches for different lighting fixtures. If you get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom, you don’t want 400 watts of light to startle you fully awake.
Basements don’t get much natural light. Even if you have sliding glass doors, much of your basement will likely be subterranean. But you can still make it bright! Most basements have recessed or canned lighting, because there often isn’t room to hang lights from the ceiling. It’s good to install these with a dimmer switch, in case you want to keep the lights on low when you watch a movie or host an evening get-together.
When you’re remodeling your home, depend on Falk Construction to help you plan every aspect, from lighting to fixtures to flooring and more. We provide general contracting services so you only have to deal with one company. Call us today with your questions about home remodeling.