There are countless ways to design your home’s lighting, and with so many fixture options, it seems like you can’t go wrong, no matter what you choose. However, there are some mistakes that if made, can seriously impact your lighting. At Masterpiece in Atlanta, we love working with homeowners who are building a house, renovating a property, or simply trying to update one room. In this post, we’ll look at some mistakes to avoid when adding new fixtures or swapping out your old lights.

Mistake #1. Having Only One Source of Control

If you’re goal is to set up your living room with different zones that have different types of lighting, it’s important that each zone has its own controls. One light switch that turns on everything might be convenient, but it also means you can’t set certain levels where you want them. Installing dimmers and additional switches will give you precise control over every area, allowing you to maximize your lighting. There are also wireless and “smart” controls on the market now that can make optimizing each room easier than ever.

Mistake #2. Using Only Recessed Lights

Recessed lighting has gained quite a bit in popularity over the past few years, and it can be great for certain spaces such as kitchens or living rooms. However, if it’s the only source of light in a room, it can leave the walls looking darker than they should be and not provide enough ambient light to be beneficial to those using the room. It’s important to pair recessed lights with hanging lights such as pendants, or adding a few sconces to provide additional light to the lower parts of the room.

Mistake #3. Vanity Lights in the Bathroom

Vanity lights have been around for a very long time, and the right fixture in the right bathroom can look exquisite. Unfortunately, some homeowners only have vanity lights in their bathrooms (and maybe one overhead light). This downward focused light above the sink and the mirror can cast unflattering lines and shadows across the face when a person is using the vanity to shave or put on makeup. Adding light at eye level on either side of the mirror can provide the illumination necessary for those intricate tasks that are done in front of the mirror.

Mistake #4. Picking a Light Solely for Its Design

Contemporary light fixtures come in all shapes and sizes, and there are many beautiful designs that would look perfect in your home. However, picking a fixture based solely on its design can leave you with a beautiful piece of decor rather than a light source. The color, quality, and output from the fixture need to fit the space’s purpose, and you don’t want to be left with a lamp or wall light that’s using energy but not providing any benefit.

The team at Masterpiece will gladly show you a number of fixtures for every room, and we’ll answer any questions you have about layering light, adding controls, or any other topic you can think of.

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