How to increase the value of your home through a lighting plan
As we transition into another season and welcome March, we prepare for mood lighting, cozy corners, and shorter days. Lucky for us, fall in Australia feels like an extension of summer.
If you’re looking to invest in your home and make some cosmetic changes, remember to make a plan for your home lighting installation! Lighting in the home is important because, in addition to adding value, it adds an element or look and feel that makes people feel welcomed. It appeals to the visual sense but also impacts your day-to-day functionality and productivity.
That feeling of home we all have is something that we want our families and friends to feel as soon as they walk in. This also applies to potential home buyers if you happen to be selling! You’d be surprised how a few tweaks here and there can completely transform your space and impact someone’s first impression.
We think that bad lighting is a missed opportunity, so when putting together your plan it’s important that you focus on eliminating harsh/dull lighting, and select illumination sources that elevate your space whilst serving their purpose. This will vary from room to room, as each space has a different purpose.
We are covering 5 simple ways to increase the value of your home- whether that’s to prepare for selling, or simply giving your current space the TLC that it deserves.
Lighting Hacks For Every Room In Your House
I’m sure you’ve heard it from us before, and you’ll probably hear it from us again! Lighting plays a crucial role in your home design and has a huge impact on the functionality and overall mood of your room. One simple source of illumination can transform a dark and unwelcoming room into a cozy, appealing space where you can maximise usage and enjoyment.
We’ve spoken to our top lighting specialist about some simple light hacks you can implement to make the most of your space and have shared these tips below. These are the bare essentials that are affordable, achievable, and can make a big difference for you!
Let’s start with the basics.
Treat yourself to a good table lamp. One that compliments your decor, but also can act as ambient lighting. If you need it for more of a task light, then we suggest going for a plain white lampshade. They allow more light to shine through, but they do tend to create a colder tone. So if you are looking for something warm we recommend a tinted shade or maybe even something with a pattern, or a pop of colour!
New Year, New Lighting Plan
It’s that time of year again- fresh beginnings, new goals, new you!
Everyone tends to start the year with setting new year’s resolutions for themselves. Whether that be spending more time with family and friends, new career aspirations, or getting started on a new hobby.
But what goals do we set for our home?
In the spirit of new beginnings, we’ve put together some lighting solutions that will help elevate your home, making it feel more fresh, beautiful, and radiate positivity! After all, there’s no time like the present to create your dream space.
One of the best (and least expensive ways) to change up a space is to clear out the clutter and address your lighting plan. Lighting is often overlooked, and you’ll find that with a few tweaks here and there, you can completely change the look and feel of a room. We suggest before diving into it, you assess one room at a time so you can decide which one you’d like to tackle first- you don’t want to overwhelm yourself before you’ve even begun!
Once you’ve selected your starting room, it’s time to consider the activities that take place in that room. You want to ensure that the light options are complimenting your space, and that you're choosing them with purpose- even if that’s just decorative lighting! This can be a little more difficult when your spaces have multipurposes- that’s when layered lighting comes into play! When you layer your lighting scheme, you can create different moods and have different illumination sources for different tasks whilst still having a beautiful ambiance. That could mean a subtle mood light for some relaxing after a long day, a task light for when you want to curl up and read in your favourite lounge chair or get some work done, or a spotlight to showcase your artwork hanging on the walls.
Here’s the variety that we’re referring to:
Light Up Someone’s Life for Christmas!
The tinsel is hung, the Christmas lights are up, and the entertainers are in full swing! December always seems to go by so fast and then before you know it, it’s New Years!
So...if you’re behind on your Christmas shopping or lacking inspiration on what to buy, don’t worry, we have some excellent ideas for you! Why not light up someone’s face with the gift of light, and treat them to something that will last them year after year?! Lighting is something that every household needs. It’s universally accepted, and can transform the feel of an entire room!
It can be very rewarding to give a present that compliments one’s space and is used regularly. Sometimes the simplest things have long lasting impressions! Now more than ever, seeing as the majority of us are spending time at home and creating home office spaces!
We’ve put together some gift recommendations for friends, family, and even colleagues to help enlighten their homes. So why not treat dad to that smart light system he’s always wanted, or buy mom a quirky statement piece that she can put in her living room?! Maybe you have friends that have just moved into a new home or are in the middle of redecorating- why not give them a beautiful floor lamp for their lounge room or something for their new home office?
Here’s our shortlist categorized for you:
Outdoor Lights for Summer Nights
As we get excited about summer and all the garden cocktail parties, long lunches, and evening BBQ’s that come with it, we can’t help but think that it’s the perfect time to get your entertainment space in order!
A lot of us are getting busy refreshing our outdoor spaces, tidying up the garden, and brightening up our interiors.
We have a hunch that we all might be spending a little more time with friends and family at home, so why not make the most of it.
The best thing about summer is outdoor living! If you’re lucky to have an outdoor area, then no doubt you’ll be embracing it!
Even though a lot of us are working past sunset, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy dinner or drinks outside.
By adding some lights to your outdoor space, you can make the most of the warm evenings after work!
Whether it’s your front porch, your backyard, or balcony- your lighting plan will play a huge part in your interior design and overall mood. A thoughtful lighting plan can improve the overall appeal of a space and create an instant change! We’ve spoken to our experts about this summer’s must-have summer lights to embrace to longer days and later nights.
Longer Nights, Summer Lights!
It’s that time of year again! Spring has arrived and we are here for it!
We’re getting busy with some home makeovers, and refreshing homes with mood lighting, and seasonal interiors as we prepare for summer!
As the days get longer and the nights get warmer, it’s the perfect time to get organised, and make some tweaks to your home. Summer, we are ready for you!
We thought we’d share some of our favorite indoor AND outdoor products to perfect for your spring styling, and help you add a fresh look to your home and compliment the natural light. Here are our expert tips and tricks on how to get your home ready!
Lights for the Entertainers
We’ve all been spending a lot more time at home. Perhaps you’ve been entertaining a close circle of friends, or have been hosting regular intimate family dinners. We don’t mean to sound extra, but good lighting is
everything. It can completely transform the mood and affect the ambiance of a space. Nothing ruins a party
mood more than harsh dentist office lighting. We’ve put together some ways to create the perfect mood for
entertaining. You’d be surprised how much a few tweaks here and there can make a difference.
There’s not one single light fixture that will give you everything you need in a space. You’re not going to rely on one light source to light up a whole room, right? That’s why the power of layered lighting is so important! You want to find a balance of ambient lighting while showcasing specific areas in your home, and include functional lighting at the same time! So where does that mean? It means welcome variety! The perfect trio includes ambient lights, task lights, AND accent lighting! Here are some of our tips for you.
Lighting Techniques To Transform Your Space
It’s time to elevate your home to that dream space you’ve always wanted!
A lot of us have been working from home, staying indoors, and are in need of some inspiration when it comes to home interiors. If you don’t have the budget for a full renovation (which is the case for a lot of us at the moment) but do need to make some changes to your home, start with lighting! Sometimes minor changes can have a major impact, which is why our lighting specialists have put together some inspiration on different styles of decor that are achieved simply by a new lighting plan!
Let there be smart!
Want a smart home? Start with your lights.
Could there be a better time to be making home improvements now that all of us are spending so much time indoors? If you’ve already redecorated and still feel like something’s missing, the chances are the answer is lighting. Swapping out your lightbulbs requires such little effort, but can make a huge difference to your liveability.
You might be thinking, what are smart lights? Smart lighting is bulbs or light fixtures that are controlled by voice command, or by using an app on your device- whether that’s your phone, iPad, tablet, or computer. Not only can you turn a light on or off without getting up and flipping a switch, but you can also control the ambiance, level of illumination, colour, and tone. On top of that, you can use your phone to turn your lights on and off remotely or use a smart home device to create an automated schedule for your light. Gone are the days when you’ve left the house and worried about whether you turned all the lights off, or played rock paper scissors to see who has to get out of bed to turn the lights off at night! Impressive, right?
Our lighting specialists have put together a list of their recommendations that are easy to use, and easy to install. After all, the whole point of smart lighting is convenience, which is why our team is available to answer any questions you may have about it. We recommend starting with the basics:
Warm-up Your Home For Winter
The best way to warm up your home this season and beat the winter blues!
As the season changes and the shorter days approach us, the inevitable winter blues slowly start to creep up. It can be difficult to muster up the energy to change your interiors, however, if you do, you’ll discover comfort can create a well of energy to beat those broody moods. We often add rugs, throws, candles, and cushions as we transition into the season, why is it we don’t consider our home lighting?
When the daylight isn’t as generous, artificial lighting takes the lead role in keeping our homes warm and cozy! Lighting enhances texture, provides character, sets a mood, and can often be an overlooked feature in a home. You’ll be surprised how much adding a lightbulb, or additional source of illumination can alter a space.
We spoke to our specialists about their warm lighting recommendations and they’ve shared their tips on how to brighten up your space here: