Layered Lighting Inside Your Home

Illuminating a home is more than buying light fixtures. You have to consider several layers of lighting to create a beautiful living space. Know about layered lighting and get ready to brighten up your home.

We always think of choosing the perfect colors for our home. We spend time in finding the right furniture style. But, one often forgets about lighting. Lighting is one of the most neglected aspects of a home. The right kind of lighting can make any living space beautiful and comfortable. It has the power to add sophistication, warmth and style to your home. But, lighting a room is not just buying pretty light fixtures. Just as you make a room beautiful with different layers of colors and textures; you have to create a beautiful combination of different layers of lighting. Layered lighting not only illuminates your home but also provides practical lighting solution for your accessories.

There are three basics when it comes to Layers of Lighting. You have to combine ambient lighting, task lighting and accent lighting to create a beautiful amalgamation of lighting to accentuates your home.

  1. Ambient Lighting

Ambient lighting is the first lighting layer. Every room must have at least one source of ambient lighting. You cannot avoid it because it keeps you from getting your toe stubbed against a piece of furniture. By having adequate lighting, you ensure that you do not trip and fall. An electrician can create ambient lighting with the help of recessed lights, flush-mount fixtures, panels, large chandeliers, fans with lights, etc.

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Ambient Lighting

  1. Task Lighting

The purpose of ambient lighting is general illumination. But, it is insufficient as a light source for purposes that require more light. For example, activities such as reading, sewing, cooking, applying make-up, etc. require additional lighting. Usually, fixtures used for track lighting are visible. So, it is essential that you choose fixtures that match the theme of the room. You can ensure adequate light source with the help of pendant lighting, low-hanging track lighting, under cabinet lighting, bed-side lamps, bathroom vanity lights and so on.

  1. Accent Lighting

To add drama to a living space, you require accent lighting. You can use it to draw attention towards houseplants, paintings, or any other unique accessory in the room. If you have a beautiful sculpture, accent lighting can help you to highlight it. According to a general rule, accent lighting should be three times brighter than the general light source to create a focal point. An electrician can install a variety of wall scones, track lights, pendant lights, LED tape lights, etc. to emphasize a specific area in the room.

When you are thinking of layered lighting for a room, make a planned decision. First begin with the purpose of the room. Also, finalize furniture. Once you are done with it, think of the focal point the room. After you are sure of the layout, consider ambient lighting, and then focus on task lighting and accent lighting. Remember that there is no need to buy separate fixture for all the different types of lighting. For example, you can use a large chandelier for ambient lighting as well as accent lighting. Make sure that the electrician makes adequate use of dimmer switch to provide you with versatile lighting. Remember proper planning and apt combination of lighting can illuminate your home beautifully. And, as always, give Adams Design Construction a call 608-241-9009, we’re here to help.

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Entry Lighting Ideas To Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal

One of the easiest ways to spruce up your homes entry is with new lighting.

Imagine, as the sun begins to set, you turn on a front porch light to illuminate your home. While many of us just see this as a normal routine, leaving a light on is more than just illumination. It’s a welcoming sign for visitors and gives additional safety at night. With this in mind, why just settle for any old light? By upgrading your front porch light fixture, you’re adding curb appeal and creating a warm environment for guests. So, here are three ideas to consider:

HANGING PORCH LIGHTS

Nothing compares to the elegance of a hanging front porch light. This welcoming light illuminates a front porch and if hung properly, will draw all the attention to the front door entryway. Many hanging porch lights cast a wide range of light, so it likely will not need any companion lights. This is a great option for homeowners who truly want to make their front porch a focal point of their home.

OUTDOOR POST LIGHTS

Front Lighting, photo by Tom Kraeutler

Front Lighting, photo by Tom Kraeutler

Since it’s not attached to the home, outdoor porch lights have the freedom to go where you’d like, making them an extremely versatile option for the homeowner who is thinking out of the box. Many times, these lights are placed in the entryway to the porch. These come in many classic styles either with one bright light or multiple bulb options and they stand alone. A pro electrical contractor needs to be approached for its installation as the wiring can be complicated if you don’t already have a post light installed.

LANDSCAPE LIGHTS

These are not necessarily limited to the yard, but can be used to highlight areas of your home and entryway that you want to see at night. Consider a single landscape light to shine on a tree or feature of the home, illuminating the décor and giving light to the entryway. This lighting option is subtle than most and can work to subtly highlight your front porch.

ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES

In addition, you can opt for an array of other lighting options such as porch ceiling lights, home security lights, and wall lights. An upgrade or installation of front porch lighting can transform the look of your home, and adding exclusive lighting to the front porch will definitely help boost your homes curb appeal. Be sure to give Adams Design Construction a call first 608-241-9009, we’re here to help!

 

5 Tips to Brighten Up Your Bathroom

Your bathroom is more than likely the most visited room in your house.  So here are 5 fantastic tips the D-I-Y can do to brighten up your bathroom and make every visit a pleasure and at the same time add value to your home.

1. Brighten Up the Walls:
To brighten up the walls a simple paint job is the easiest way to do it.  To make it last, use a paint suited for high humidity and do a good job prepping the wall.s  When choosing colors, don’t shy away from bright colors, they can be used to enhance the size of your bathroom.

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2. Replace Waterproof Seals:
With your walls looking clean, bright and welcoming, it’s time to get rid of the old and bring in the new.  Over the years the waterproof seals, such as caulking around your bath and sink, collect mold and can loose color.  A handy tip is to simply replace them for new.  Alternatively, a good scrub down with bleach can do the job for while or clear sealers.

3. New Lighting:
Other items to be replaced are the light fixtures.  the tip here is to use fixtures which match the color and design of your bathroom.  If replacing light fixtures try to keep to the same size as the previous, this will allow little drywall repair.  If you don’t feel comfortable wiring lights, please call an electrician.  It is also important to note that the lights should be bright enough but not overly bright that it hurts your eyes.

4. Grab some New Towels:
Another easy way to brighten up your bathroom is to get some new towels.  Being constantly used, bath towels tend to loose color and fray leaving a dirty look, they also can loose some of their drying ability.  Simply replace them when they wear and new towels are the quickest and easiest way to decorate your bathroom.

5. New Bathroom Hardware:
Lastly, replacing your old worn out hardware, such as faucets, shower rods, etc , is another handy spruce-up tip. Overtime, bathroom hardware can loose its shiny look and become discolored.  Faucets can become built up with lime or mineral deposits, too.  To resolve this, new towel rods, robe hooks, shelves, cup holders besides faucets and other bathroom ware can be replaced with new to make an amazing difference at a low cost.

 

Want to spruce up your bathroom, but need some help – give Adams Design Construction a call – 608-241-9009, or visit our web site.  We are always here to help!

Double Hung Windows – the new replacement

We all know new windows can help with your energy bills, but when it comes time to replace them, what to choose?  There are several different types of windows. Traditionally, most windows were side-hinged windows, referred to as casements, and sliding sash windows. New opening mechanisms such as friction and pivot hinges are increasingly popular and available in double hung windows.

So,why choose double hung windows? Cleaning. Double hung windows are much easier to clean than windows based on a spiral or string system, because they won’t allow the sash to drop out when you are cleaning them. They also tilt in a way that uses a flush fitting tilt release which is more attractive than the older screwed in tilt release systems. This system works well for two story homes and enables you to clean your windows from the inside.

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You may find that choosing a quality window is difficult because of the overwhelming number of options. So where to start?  We suggest picking a window that comes with a solid warranty offered by a quality manufacturer.  Besides your budget, this is an important factor in your decision making, since your windows should last decades.  Also to consider is the material you choose: vinyl, wood, aluminum and composite materials are all available in our area. And after you’ve made your decision, we suggest hiring a professional to install them – nothing worse than spending your hard earned money on new windows and then not have them installed properly.

Remember, window materials, shapes, and sizes vary considerably, as does terminology, so you should read your manufacturer’s literature carefully. Replacement windows for older homes often need to be custom-built to your requirements, which is also something to consider.

Windows are a large investment and if you pick wisely you can save money over the long run by improving your energy efficiency. In order to save money in the future you may be wise to spend a little more on your windows now…

Need help choosing and installing your windows – we’re here to help. Give us a call, 608-241-9009, and we’d be happy to get started on updating the windows on your home.

Holiday Decorating Ideas

Many of you probably have most of your Holiday decorations up, but maybe you could use some more or wait until this week to get them up for the family coming next week. There is still plenty of time to get your home filled with the joy of the season and make your home sparkle with everything that the Holidays have to offer: Peace, Love and Happiness.

Something Different for Stockings

Adams Design Construction - Holiday DecoratingWhile hanging stockings from the mantle is an age-old tradition with no real written origin, it evolved from a story about St. Nicholas throwing bags of gold into a window of a poor man’s house where the gold landed in the stockings of his daughters that were hanging by the fireplace to dry. It’s a great story, but doesn’t mean you need to keep your stockings there.

Consider a decorative way to hang from a wall near the tree or along the wall going up the stairs. You could even hang them from a bannister and wrap the bannister with a garland! You could also use your bookcase or even right on the front windows!

The Centerpiece for your Holiday Meal

Sometimes forgotten in the hustle of planning for the party is the centerpiece. It shouldn’t be as directing everyone’s attention to the center of the table is a great way to showcase all the food you just spent hours slaving over. If you have a glass jar or several glass jars that are large, you could fill them with ornaments and pinecones or festive holiday fare such as Holly and Ivy or Mistletoe that people can grab to snag a kiss!

 All Those Christmas Cards, No Space

What do you do with all the Christmas cards? Keep them in a basket, place them on the counter or just throw them out. I doubt it’s the last one…your friends and family did spend a lot of time taking the photos, putting them together and mailing them out. So, why don’t you wow them when they come over with a Christmas Card Showcase? It’s a great way to organize them! Just tape them to a wall, but in a Christmas shape – like a tree! You can make separate tree sections and use tinsel in between the sections. It’s simple and fun and a great decoration!

These are just a few ideas we have posted in our Holiday Decorating Ideas Board on our Pinterest page. Did you know we have a Pinterest page? We are sharing lots of ideas and want to get ideas from all of you! Follow us now…and have a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Blessed New Year!