Interior Design And Home Decorating Lighting Tips

For bathroom lighting tips, you actually will be in a position to test out different home improvement magazines and web sites. You can purchase many interesting and creative concepts with many lighting tips. Home design stores may provide you really lighting pointers, which is able to be really useful particularly when you really are also planning to make a bathroom makeover.

A ceiling fixture that lights the whole room is a must. You also need task lighting over your kitchen sink and in your major figure area. If your table is in the kitchen, a dropped fixture over the table is appropriate. Employ a dimmer switch on that fixture hence that you really is in a position to regulate the mood. Trace lighting that will be able to be directed at a butcher block island or a breakfast bar is handy.

Much of the lighting during a space is really contributed by light reflected from a surface. Footamberts (fL) measure the amount of light reflected from a surface. If you really want to purchase very technical, (fL= fc x % reflectance). As an example, if 100fc reach a wall or table that is painted with a 40% reflective surface, then 40fL may reflect from that surface.

The kitchen is a place where brilliant, functional lighting is a necessity. Under cabinet lights are also a good option to provide good visibility for food preparation; poor lighting during this area can even increase the danger of injury while cutting food. Consider installing up lights above the cabinets to supply gentle illumination for the ceiling area – this is also a good way to highlight artwork or detail pieces love contrasting ceiling and wall paint colors, or crown molding. An excellent overhead chandelier or ceiling light fixture is going to give for the room’s general lighting wishes. If you suffer a kitchen office or PC area, include a functional desk lamp.

Task lighting can be as simple because a desk lamp or end table lamp. This sort of lighting is most regularly used for reading, but is as well useful for other projects that require the ability to determine detail. It is very recommended that each seating position during a room have its own task lighting, but this isn’t always possible. Place lamps on bedside tables and finish tables; you can also place sofa table behind the couch and place a lamp there because well. Floor lamps are an alternative choice, and can figure well behind chairs that are angled into a corner. Finally, recessed lighting is able to give further light where other options are also unavailable.

Home-Design Why It Should Be Important to You?

So why should home design be important to you? Well, think about what it’s like to live in a badly designed home. Every day you get up, and the position of your bed annoys you. You have to walk through a little obstacle course to get to your ugly kitchen, where things are stacked up because there isn’t enough storage space. Then you go to your badly-painted bathroom to brush your teeth. Sounds bad, doesn’t it? Or even worse – perhaps it sounds familiar.

The average person spends at least half their life in their home – it is a more familiar environment to you than almost any other. In this situation, any little annoyances that you might have will be magnified a thousand times over until they start driving you up the wall. What you want is for your home to be perfect, and as long as you have the time and the money, it’s well worth going to some trouble and expense to get it just right.

If you want to be happy, then the design of your home should be just as important to you as your job or your family. It’s about putting your personal stamp on your home and making it your own. And you can’t just do it once and leave it either – change is healthy, and helps to keep your life feeling fresh. When you have visitors over, you can be really proud of your home, and feel like it reflects who you are.

Apart from anything else, good home design can add a surprising amount of value to your home for very little cost. Improving the design of your home doesn’t have to be expensive, and even if you do spend quite a lot, it’ll certainly be cheaper than moving house.

Good Home Design Should Be About More Than Just Sustainability

Energy efficiency is very high profile these days, as is sustainability, and environmentally friendly and responsible. All of these are great – but at what expense to our health?

I recently saw a popular home show story on a modular home, being build prefabricated and then fitted together onsite. The home was built from something like a sandwich style material – polystyrene is sandwiched between sheets of colourbond steel or aluminum. This is great for an esky. Do you want to live in an esky?

The main thing about all this energy efficiency is that heat is sealed to wherever you want it to be – in or outside, depending on your climate. In order to do that, you need to prevent any sources of heat exchange. That means sealing draughts. Another way of saying “sealing draughts” is “stopping airflow”.

What happens to the inhabitants of a house when the airflow is stopped?

Another thing you’ll have noticed about eskys is that when moisture gets in, it stays in. So when you let humid air in (and let’s face it, air is humid, it needs to be for our health) and the temperature drops, the moisture in the air condenses. On your nicely insulated walls and floor and ceiling. What happens when moisture forms and stays on a surface? That’s right – mould.

You could, of course, remove a lot of the humidity and thus prevent moisture, and improve your flow, by mechanical means – install an air conditioner. Now you’re living in a temperature regulated esky. And your energy efficiency has just gone out the triple-glazed window.

The alternative (and preferred by Building Biologists) is that you build the house to suit the climate it’s going to be situated in. This involves knowing the climate and seasons of the locality, including where the breezes come from, the temperature range, rainfall etc, and designing a house to suit those aspects, as well as the requirements of the occupants. So if you live in a warm temperate area (for example Ipswich, which has this climate, with some aspects of sub-tropical), you’d design for hot humid summers, with late afternoon storms with a lot of rainfall in a short period of time. You’d design for sharp, cold, mostly dry winters, but not for heavy frost. You’d include social sustainability aspects such as ease of access throughout the house for aging occupants, as well as areas for younger occupants to play and run. Safety, inside and out, as well as security could also be designed into the house and garden (not just putting bars on the windows – landscape design should integrate safety and security as well as beauty and functionality.

All aspects of the occupants’ lifestyle should be considered, now and in the future, and the home should be designed to meet those requirements, not just “this looks nice and the neighbours will envy us” and then sustainability “tacked on” to the design.

Natural materials are preferable – especially natural materials from the local area. This is not just to minimise the transport costs and the transport energy included in the building, this is because the products in the local area have evolved to suit the local area – the woods grown locally will be suited to the climate of the area and minimise the bad effects of the climate and maximise the good ones. A Building Biologist can assist with home design for healthy living, factoring these aspects in. A good architect or builder will also be aware of these factors.

Insulation and energy efficiency is good, and should be a part of your home design, but not at the expense of your health.

It may be that you think having a home designed by an architect or custom-built to your specifications may be too expensive. However, I urge you to really look at the costs, not only short term design and building costs, but also the long term costs of living in that house, as well as the health of the occupants – your family – and work out what’s really important to you.