When considering décor, many people immediately think of paintings, pictures,rugs, and other design elements. However, you should also consider the importance of good lighting in a space and how a good light source can change the whole tone of a room. Lighting plays an important role in decoration, and the right light can make or break a space. Adding additional light to a space can completely change the whole feel of the area.

So how do you change a space with lighting? We’ve put together some easy tips on how to improve an apartment with smart lighting choices. Read our enlightening suggestions below:

1. Decide what kind of lamp your space needs
There are a number of different lamps to consider depending on what you need. A table lamp and a floor lamp produce entirely different results. A table lamp can be an accent piece as well as a source of lighting, and there are many different styles of floor lamps to fit a bunch of different aesthetics. Floor lamps also typically provide more light to a room, so if you are going for brightness, these might be your answers.

2. Lighting isn’t always about brighter
Sometimes a room doesn’t need more brightness but rather softer or dimmer light. Dim light can set a more intimate mood or set the tone for a get together. Brighter light is perfect for getting work done. A lamp that can do both is an excellent choice: turn it down when you need to, and turn up the light when you need to get work done.

3. Consider the bulb
On top of saving electricity, using the right kind of light bulb can drastically change the light in a room. LED and CFLs are both energy efficient and come in a variety of different hues. Soft blue light will give a room a more natural look. Depending on the effect you are going for, certain lights will also enhance colors in your room. LEDs often bring out reds and blues, so if you want to make something pop, consider changing out your light bulbs. You can also consider smart LED light bulbs that can be wirelessly controlled by Bluetooth. These smart bulbs can change colors, dim, or brighten using your smartphone.

4. Don’t forget about candles
While it’s easy to turn to electric light for your primary needs, don’t forget about candles. Candles can provide soft, romantic lighting or set the right ambiance. On top of providing soft light, candles can also add a tasteful perfume to your apartment. Just make sure you extinguish the flames before leaving your home.

5. Make use of natural light
Light can drastically change a space. If you are considering how to decorate your apartment, don’t forget to consider how you want to light your home.

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