7 Simple Lighting Swaps to Make ASAP

How you choose to light your rooms affects mood, color, and tasks. Use these simple yet effective swaps to easily improve your home's lighting.

In the Kitchen

Add a light source in the kitchen. Many kitchens rely almost exclusively on one primary fixture. Make sure to look at undercabinet lighting and toe-kick lighting to illuminate your prep, cooking, and eating zones.

In the Bathroom

It's important to supplement recessed fixtures in the bathroom. Otherwise you'll get kooky shadows -- which is the opposite of what you want when applying makeup and getting ready!

Beautiful Ways to Illuminate Your Bath

In the Bedroom

Keep it simple: Install a bedside sconce. "People don't always want bedside tables, so they'll just rely on recessed lights and a fan," says Lucy Dearborn, owner of Lucia Lighting Design in Lynn, Massachusetts. Wall-mount fixtures provide task lighting for reading in bed without adding clutter.

In the Living Room

Install accent lighting. Often considered a luxury, accent lights can give a boost to a room most of us use daily for multitasking. Try a sconce or a table lamp to brighten your space.

In the Dining Room

Look at task light or a decorative buffet lamp to brighten serving areas or corners of the room. Recessed fixtures can help for task-focused work.

In Family Spaces

Try portable lamps in shared environments. "People forget about table and floor lamps as a source of lighting," Dearborn says. "I'm a huge fan. I put them on timers, and then they come on when I get home. There's a sense of warmth in the space."

In a Corner

To brigten a dark corner, uplight a plant. "It adds just the perfect bit of glow," Dearborn says.

How to Install Undercabinet Lighting

Make over your kitchen lighting with easy under cabinet lighting. See how to add two different types of undercabinet lighting.


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