Home Decor Style Introduction

home decorLast week, we posted a lighting how-to that gave you some valuable lighting advice for your home. This time, we have a follow-up of sorts that can help you with your home decor. If you are looking to invigorate your home decor, but not really sure where to start, then you should check out this beginners’ how-to:

  1. Start by choosing your color scheme: before you invest in anything, whether that’s paint for the walls or new furniture and accessories, you need to think of the room’s overall aesthetic. A common place to start unpacking your vision is with the room’s color scheme. Color is perhaps the first and strongest indicator of the style or mood that you want to convey. Having this locked down from the start will make your decisions down the line that much easier.
  2. Know your floor plan: the relative placement of furnishings throughout a room is incredibly important as well. You might not realize it, but it’s very easy to overstuff the room with eclectic pieces that end up doing nothing except for creating clutter. Furnishings also shouldn’t be too concentrated in one area, and sparse in another.Judicious balance is essential to any room’s decor.
  3. Do some research on where to buy furnishings. There are certainly plenty of retailers that can supply what you’re looking for, but I recommend looking into stores that have more specific products. If you’re looking for a nice area rug to complement your furniture, for example, I’d recommend checking out an online home decor store called Rug & Home, where such a thing is their specialty. If you’re more specific with your searches, you’ll end up finding more unique results than if you stick with large retailers.
  4. Lastly, don’t be afraid to experiment. You might have a great idea, but then find out that it’s not really feasible, regardless of the reason. Of course, you might have to go back to the drawing board, but it may be worthwhile to keep the old idea or plan somewhere. As you think of new possibilities, you might be able to incorporate old ideas into the new for an even better result. It’s your prerogative to change your space as you see fit, so don’t fret if things don’t work out right away. You can always grow and adapt to the situation.

To wrap this post up, I’m including a useful video I found on Youtube with some more specific beginners’ tips. Enjoy!

How to Layer Lighting

Proper lighting plays a role in both functionality and appearance, but it’s not only the type of lighting that matters, it’s how it is placed. For the best results, consider layering your lighting with three different sections in mind: ambient, task and accent.

First Layer

Ambient lighting is the most general, providing a central source of illumination. This type of lighting is beneficial for both safety and task purposes. Fixtures to consider to fulfill this layer are chandeliers, ceiling or wall-mounted fixtures, recessed lighting, and track lighting.

The best placement is in the center of the room and close to the ceiling. While ambient lighting provides enough lighting to see the entire room and to perform basic functionalities, the following layers are needed for more detail-oriented tasks and purposes.

Second Layer

Task lighting is the lighting needed to perform specific jobs. This includes cooking, crafting, getting ready, and cleaning. This layer is located slightly lower than ambient lighting, in places such as the vanity and the kitchen sink.

The same layer can also consist of desk lamps, under-cabinet lighting and floor lamps. While these fixtures are located a little lower than the ones listed above, they all full under task lighting.

Third Layer

Accent lighting is also known as decorative lighting. This lighting is used to highlight areas of the room that are placed there for decor purposes. This includes artwork, vases, fireplaces, and architectural features.

The contrast created by the different layers is what brings the eye to whatever piece or area is being highlighted. Sconces are a popular choice for accent lighting, and can even be a decorative piece on their own.

sconce

In my opinion, Valley Lighting & Home Decor is the best of the lighting stores in Connecticut. To complete every layer, visit the store or order online!

Take a look at these DIY sconces!