Home Lighting: 3 Easy Step To Do Your Own Lighting Design

Lighting is one of the essential and irreplaceable components when you’re doing your interior design. A good lighting design will not only elevate the ambiance and the look of your house but will also support your day-to-day activity and make your home feels more comfortable. So, why is lighting design so important? What’s its influence on your house’s interior design? And how to do a good lighting design on your own? Let’s talk about them in this article.

The Importance of Lighting Design

Lighting design is everything in interior design because it plays a massive role in how someone sees and experiences a space. Different lighting will give a different ambiance to your house’s geometry, mood, and emotions.

No matter how amazingly designed your house is, how distinctive the texture you use, or how beautiful the color of your house is, without a suitable lighting design, the essence of your interior design will become nothing.

So, how do you achieve a good lighting design?

How To Design Your Own Home Lighting

There are many ways you can utilize lighting to enhance the ambiance of your house, but if you’re new to this, you can easily follow these three steps to make your lighting design truly shines.

  1. Understand The Characteristic Of Light Source

Each type of lighting has a characteristic that can lighten your house or dull the looks of your house. You must focus on three characteristics: temperature, beam angle, and lumens.

Temperature

The first one that you need to focus on is temperature. Color temperature is a way to explain the warmth or the coolness of the light bulb. The temperature of the light is measured in Kelvin. Light up to 3000K is called warm light, up to 4000k is called natural light, and beyond that is called cool light. 

Different color temperatures can be used to fit different activities in your house. Warm light gives a cozy, calm, and intimate atmosphere, perfect for the bedroom and family room. Natural light is best for the kitchen, bedroom, or living room because the light is best for a working space. In comparison, the cool light is best for offices, hospitals, malls, and other commercial uses.

Beam Angle

The beam angle is the angle at which the light lights the space. To highlight an object in your house, such as an art piece or a photo, it’s best to use a narrow-angle light. In contrast, a wide angle is usually used to light a wide area or room.

Lumens

Lumens are how much light is visible to human eyes from the light source. The higher the lumen lighting, the higher the intensity of the light will be. The activity will determine the level of the lumen in the lighting you will do in that space.

  1. Make Layers

A good lighting design is about layers. Layers can create contrast, accentuate an object or an element, and emphasize the texture of your house. 

Ambient Lighting

First, you need to pick ambient lighting for your house. The main lighting in your house will allow you to see your room clearly and make a specific tone in your room. You can pick from one up to three main ambient lighting for a particular room.

You can use a ceiling light, wall lamp, floor lamp, hanging lamps, or combinations of all of them.

Accent Lighting

The second one is to pick accent lighting, which aims to highlight a specific detail or object in your room. You can highlight a painting, photograph, art piece, or even a plant. The accent light will determine the “main theme” of the room and will tell the viewers what’s the thing that you highlight in your room.

Task Lighting

Task lighting, as the name suggests, is the light used for a specific task in your house, whether it’s a downlight in the kitchen, soft light behind the TV table to accompany your movie ni, or even a study lamp for your kids.

  1. Get Creative

Okay, now that you’ve understood the basics of what kind of lighting options are out there, what’s the difference between each bulb, and what kind of lighting you need to plan in your room, you can get creative on doing your own lighting design. 

Don’t be too strict with the rules that many designers make. Instead, get creative and see how the combinations between different lighting types could give your house a unique ambiance. It’s your house, after all. As long as it serves the purpose of light and you’re happy with your lighting design, it’s already a win 

Conclusions

Doing your lighting design is not easy, but it can be fun. Choosing and planning your home lighting is best because you can choose your house’s tone and atmosphere the way you like it. Whether you want it to emphasize specific points in your house or to be customizable for every specific activity, the choice is yours.

But, if you don’t have the time to design your home lighting, don’t have the connections of where to buy the right light for your house, and don’t know where to start, rest assured, we got you covered. You can always consult with our team to design your house. With our 15+ years of experience, you will surely have the perfect interior design you’ve always dreamt of.

10 Small House Interior Design Hacks For Your New Home

The alteration in the economic environment, fluctuations in the labor market, and inflation at a rate much higher than earnings increment have made it so hard for young people who want to buy a house.  

Buying an average, moreover, a big house is not an option for most of the Millenials and Gen-Z. Hence, having a small house has never been a better option.

Small House Interior Design

Even though it’s a small house, having a good interior design is a must. A great interior design will make you feel safe and secure in your environment, improve your productivity and creativity, and increase your overall happiness.

But then again, the problem remains the same: budget. Hiring an interior designer is not a cheap deal. It could be costly for some people, and they might not even get the design they’re hoping for. The other option is to do the interior design on your own. But it could be hard for you if you’re not an interior designer or have never had experience designing anything. 

Interior Design Hacks For Small House

It surely and should be hard to do your interior design. It is a skill that not everyone can have and needs to be learned for a long time. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do to make your small house’s interior design a pleasant look.

Here are the ten hacks you can follow to ensure your small house’s interior design is legit.

1.      Big Mirrors

A big mirror is the simplest way to make an illusion that your room is more extensive. Especially when you put the mirror perpendicular to your house’s broadside, it could enhance the space you have, making your small house look much bigger than it actually is.

2.      Light Colors

The darker the room, the more cramped it looks. It’s a color psychology effect that makes most people choose the white color more than the darker ones. Other than paintings, you can also use lighting with better positioning that enhances the color of your walls and the brightness of your house.

3.      Align Everything To Wall

Another small house interior design hacks to make it more spacious is to align all your furniture with the walls. By putting them on the side of your room, you will enable your house to have an empty space in the middle, making it look more spacious.

4.      Folding Beds & Tables

The next hack you can use on your small house interior design is folding beds and tables. Nowadays, it’s common to see small houses that use this kind of bed, which can be folded like the Japanese Futon, or even one that can be hidden inside the wall.

Not only a bed, but you can also use a folding dining or coffee table that you can store and save some space when you’re not using it.

5.      Multi-Function Furniture

The next one is multi-functioned furniture. Multi-functioned furniture is one that you can use for a different purpose than what it’s originally named. Examples of this are a cabinet under your bed, a shelf combined with stairs, or maybe a dining table that also has cabinets under it.

These kinds of furniture have two benefits for your small house interior design. One, it could save up some space needed for the cabinet, and two, you can store some of the small stuff in there, giving you even more space.

6.      Small Split Level

Another hack for small house interior design is that you can make a half level for a bedroom or some other small room. This way, you can have two different rooms in the same land spaces, which could be a game changer for a small house.

7.      Maximize The Corners

The corners are sometimes neglected because of the awkward structure. Also, if you put a massive cabinet in the corner, instead of making your room more spacious, it could have the opposite effect of making it looks cramped.

What you can do is to put a piece of small meaningful furniture such as plants or even a hanging chair. It will enhance the ambiance in your room and make your room looks efficient.

8.      Atypical Designs

The next hack might need the help of your contractor. Atypical design means that you need to alter your small house’s design so it can serve the purpose that you need. An example of this is a simple hole in the wall that you can use as a shelf, a floating stair, or even a rolling door towards your backyard.

9.      Glass Furniture

As we all know, glass furniture is see-through. That’s why mainly using glass furniture in your small house can enhance the space to make it less cramped.

10.   Hanging Plants

Lastly, having greens in your house can be a source of pleasure and happiness. But in a small house, a plant could take some space you could use for something else.

Hence, the solution is to have hanging plants. It will provide safe spaces on the ground and make your house look more natural and pleasant.

Conclusions

Doing a small house interior design is actually pretty simple when you know how to do it. It’s not easy, but when done right, it could enhance the ambiance and spaciousness of your small house; Making it look a lot better and bigger than it actually is.

However, if you’re having a hard time designing your own house, you don’t have time for it, and you have the extra budget, you can always consult us.

With over a hundred projects and tons of different clients, we will give you the best interior design that fits any house you have.

Drapes vs. Curtains

Arguably, no other design element sparks as much debate as window coverings. Particularly drapes versus curtains. The common ground with either choice is they offer a unique impact on your overall design.

Both curtains and drapes can speak directly to your traditional or modern design tastes. Manufacturers have done a great job in updating these age-old elements to represent ever-changing interior designs. Drapes and curtains provide artful decorative appeal while providing unmatched function in your home.

Properly hung, they can reshape a room adding height, balance, and airiness, and conversely, they can make a large space feel more intimate. Heavier fabrics offer insulation almost twice that of window blinds while improving acoustics and buffering noises.

Window hangings offer privacy and natural light control. If you are looking for versatility curtains and drapes are affordable, fashion-forward, easy to care for and maintain. They give you the opportunity to make bold statements or provide clean simple lines to any room.

Curtains and drapes can easily help you polish your décor. Both options can frame the perfect view or avert the eye from a less than the pristine outdoor scene. They are also a good choice to change out when you want to freshen up a room without doing an entire makeover.

The Benefits of Planning Ahead

Recently, one of our adored previous clients ordered a new sofa. She found exactly the one she wanted at a well-respected furniture store. She chose each piece of her sectional sofa to perfectly fit her space and taste. She was even able to take advantage of their Presidents Day sale. At the point of sale, she happily made her purchase…


Only to find out her sofa will arrive in July! She was crushed. On the bright side, she will be sitting pretty at the end of the Summer. We share this with you as a cautionary tale. The days of picking up customized furniture same day are now rare. For fully customized furniture the wait (while worth it) will be longer than expected.

That’s why the team at Design On A Dime encourages you to plan ahead. Planning ahead has so many benefits: budgeting is easier, stress is reduced, and more thoughtful choices can be made. If you are considering redecorating for the holidays, now is the best time to plan, we can help! You can take advantage of summer sales while giving yourself and our design team plenty of time to bring your vision to life. Also, our decades of experience work in your favor.

We know how to artfully fete the waters of supply-chain irregularities with unique solutions… Slipcovers, reupholstery, and supple fabric paints are all exciting options. 

We see a furniture update in your future. Let’s start now!

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