There are a number of no-brainers to consider if you’re buying a Chicago home or evaluating the resale value of your own home. Location, size, special features, and…lighting?
It’s true: lighting is an important factor in a home, both in terms of the natural light that is let in and the lighting configurations from room to room. Buyers typically love a home that is bathed in sunshine during the day; bright natural light makes a space feel open and airy, even when winter weather is right outside.
But good lighting is also associated with healthy living. Scientists have found that this seemingly simple functionality can greatly affect our moods, sleep cycles and even our quality of life, as was recently covered by the Wall St. Journal.
So if a home is low on natural light, it is especially important to address the issue with a lighting expert to ensure the lighting inside helps make up for that deficit. LED lighting is at the forefront of home lighting technology, and is credited with providing a finer adjustment of brightness, color and intensity and even mimicking the changes to natural daylight throughout a day’s time.
While the right lighting will depend on the room, what it’s used for, and of course, the lifestyle of those who live there, there are a number of things you can do to ensure you aren’t “in the dark” when it comes to proper lighting. If you’re building a Chicago new construction home, these are important tips you’ll want to consider in the design of your home, not only for your own comfort, but to increase resale value down the line. Here’s a basic room-by-room guide to lighting your Chicago home:
Living room: Brighter, white light is ideal for group gatherings for things like playing games or watching a movie. But having the ability to dim is equally important, so the lighting temperature can be turned down in the hours before bedtime.
Kitchen: Lighting with a high color-rendering index is key in the kitchen, helping colors and details stand out to make food look better.
Bath lighting: Color rendering is also important in the powder room, especially in vanity lighting that illuminates personal grooming activities like shaving and applying make-up. Dimmable lighting is also ideal allow adjustment between different ages and preferences for those using the room.
Bedroom: Dimmable warm light in an adult’s bedroom is ideal for preparing the body for sleep. In a child’s room, bright white light will help wake them up in the morning or tackle tasks like homework, but a warmable, dimmer light is also important for bedtime hours.
Hallways: The guide for hallways and stairs is to provide enough light to navigate, but not so bright that it’s jarring and might cause someone to stumble or bump into something.
Lighting an Art Collection in Your Chicago Home
Achieving ideal lighting in every room is only part of the story. If you display any type of art in your home or even have a vase collection, it’s important to provide the proper lighting for each piece. Lighting plays a huge role in any art collection (big or small) and can make a huge difference in how your home looks. If you’re working with art in your home, I am happy to recommend an amazing lighting expert who has provided lighting for countless luxury homes, including the home of a major contemporary artist who has work in museums all over the world.
If you’re interested in learning more about building the perfect lighting around an art collection or in your Chicago luxury home, contact me and I will be happy to talk to you more about it. Call me at (312) 498-5080 or email me at [email protected]