When it comes to home renovations, there’s a lot to think about. You could re-do your floors, ceilings, walls, cabinetry, bathroom fixtures – the list seems endless! Lighting is another big renovation project you should probably consider. Lighting is essential for two reasons – the obvious one being that it’s functional, filling a room with light. Additionally the right lighting can set a mood and create ambience. Recessed lighting is an excellent option if you are trying to create a contemporary, modern feel for your space. Recessed lighting takes the focus off the light fixtures and put it’s on the room itself, highlighting either beautiful wall art, or newly stained hardwood floors. When renovating a room that gets a lot of used, like a family room or den, recessed lighting is an excellent choice.
Used both as task lighting and directional lighting, recessed fixtures have the ability to completely transform a room. Your family room is likely going to be used for different activities including reading, playing board games, eating, watching television, and entertaining guests. Given the variety of activities going on this room, a dimmer switch is a must have. A dimmer switch makes the room even more versatile, giving you the power to adjust the intensity of the light at any given moment.
Additionally, the addition of recessed lights really highlight the quality workmanship that you’ve had done to your space. Hardwood floors and freshly painted walls look infinitely better and brighter under the beams of some strategically placed recessed lights. Lighting an entire space with recessed lighting is a bad idea however, as it will bring a real harsh and unflattering light quality to the room. Having additional light coming from an eye level is important, for instance floor lamps, sconces, and table lamps all help to even out the brightness and glare coming from the recessed fixtures. Another thing to keep in mind when lighting your family room is not to light a task area like a table or in front of a mirror from above where you plan on sitting or standing. You want the light to hit in front of the person, which will help avoid unnatural shadows and be generally more flattering.
By adding the recessed lighting to your family room, you help make the space comfortable and relaxing – two essential qualities for any family room.