The right lighting can completely transform the look and feel of your home. It can make it more inviting, functional, comfortable and add value. Bunnings has some great advice and ideas to help you light every room in the house.
There are three different types of lighting. Each room is different so think about which will best suit and enhance your space.
General lighting provides the overall illumination. It’s the foundation lighting for any room. Task lighting is used for specific jobs like cooking, reading and grooming. Ambient light is used to highlight key features like architecture or artworks.
Choose lighting for your bathroom that can handle a lot of steam and moisture. It should also be well lit for everything from shaving to putting on make-up.
Heater lights in your ceiling will keep you warm in the colder months, whilst installing lights either side of your vanity will stop shadows being cast on your face.
The kitchen is the busiest room in the house so the right lighting is crucial. Brighten it up with general lighting that can be quickly turned on as you enter the room. Recessed lights create a sense of space, while surface lights or hanging pendants make a great design feature.
Downlights over the benchtop let you see better when preparing meals and rangehood lighting helps with cooking over the stove. Then there are cabinet lights, which make finding your ingredients a lot easier.
Your bedroom should be relaxing. Softer, warmer light globes and dimmer switches help you manage your light and stress levels.
Table lamps light the room and are always within reach. Wardrobe lights make it easier to find your clothes. And there’s a range of nightlights to help kids feel safe.
With living room lighting, think about the ambience. If you have general lighting in the middle, use dimmer switches to control it.
Decorative spotlights can be used to highlight paintings, photos or feature walls, while floor lamps, wall lights and desk lamps create a soft, ambient light.
Think about flexible lighting in your dining room. For intimate occasions, keep the lights low with dimmers or brighten them for something more casual.
If your dining table is rectangular, use a row of pendant lights or track lighting. For round tables, use a group of pendants or even a chandelier.
Hallways should be well lit with no dark corners or shadows and, if it’s the entrance to your home, use lighting that’s practical and decorative.
Bright light can make a small hallway feel bigger, while spotlights can focus attention on a mirror or painting. You can even install a skylight to get some natural light during the day.
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