Before you go out and buy new lighting for your home, it is worth walking from room to room to get a feel for the furniture, color scheme and existing lighting that is already in place. When shopping for new lighting you need to be mindful about where you will be placing these lamps within the room, how much lighting you require and if you will be focusing the light on any particular focal point. The focal point could be painting on the wall or a prized family airlume on the mantel piece.
The bedroom is a more informal room than the rest of the house and provides you the opportunity to add personal decorative ideas that you may not necessarily choose for the living room for instance. You may want to by lighting that is luxurious in style, rather than a more modern or minimalist look that you would see in other rooms. You have the option of buying side lamps for each side of the bed, or a free standing corner lamp. The amount of furniture and floor space you already have in the bedroom will probably be the deciding factor on whether a floor lamp is feasible.
If you do not have enough floor space, then you can buy table lamps that can be placed on either side of the bed. Having side lamps is a great way to add a relaxing mood into the bedroom as they do not tend to be very bright. You can also match the lampshades to the color of the bedding, curtains or the walls. If you have a ceiling light installed, you can also match the ceiling light shade to the color scheme within the room as well.
The dining room requires a more formal setting and therefore a more formal lamp as well. One important factor to note when choosing a light for the dining room that you may easily overlook is the height of a floor lamp. When you are in a standing position, the light will not shine directly at your face, but sitting down is another story. Many people forget that lamp shades will shine directly into the faces of people when sitting down. You may want to look at lighting that can be directed at the wall or ceiling so that the wall or ceiling reflects the light back into the room. Alternatively buy a lamp that uses a shade which fully surrounds the light bulb.
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