Big Lighting Ideas for Small Spaces

Do you have a small room and you would like to make it bigger, but you don’t know how… Guess what? With just simply choosing the right type of lighting and coordinating the placement, can transform this small space into a big room full of bright ideas.

The American Lighting Association (ALA) have shared with us some bright tips on how to the make a small place look larger, and here at Farrey’s we would like to share it with you.

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Integrate accent lighting with functional lighting – A bedroom or living room can instantly look larger by placing table lamps and small accent lamps all over. By avoiding one point of light and incorporating several focal lighting points significantly increases the perception of the space. The ALA suggests adding torchieres, which direct light upward, and can add a dramatic ambient lighting to smaller spaces with vaulted ceilings.

Pay special attention to the wattage when using portables, since these lights should not be bright. The use of dimmers is an excellent idea in these types of lamps. In case that your lamps do not have a built-in dimmer, a table top dimmer is a great solution.

For a space without a lot of floor or area for portables, wall sconces are a great idea. This type of fixture offers functional and ambient light at the same time.

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There is an effective and useful technique called “wall washing” which is excellent in making spaces look larger. It consists of arranging one or more sconces in one wall so the light feed the wall, creating a dramatic effect transforming the room’s size by taking the attention outward.

Lighting a space can be challenging, especially if the space is very small, but keep in mind that there is a variety of lighting solutions that can become your space full of life. That’s why it is important to use the natural light in combination with the artificial light. Avoid using heavy curtains and open up the windows to invite the light into your room.

Now there is no excuse for small rooms to look dark and boring. Start using these tips and make your small space a real heaven.

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