Illuminate A Small Space With These Lighting Tips

If you’re DIYing on a budget, it’s all about making thoughtful decisions that will enhance a room without leaving you penniless. Making a few lighting changes, especially if you find yourself in a small space, can go a long way at maximizing the existing dimensions of the room — and, if you combine strategically placed lighting with mirrors or light-colored floors, you’ll actually enhance the feeling of the space, making it seem larger than it is.
Embarrassing confession: It took me awhile to get on the lighting train. I used to make do with existing overhead fixtures, but in the last couple of years, I’ve embraced lamps and other small lighting sources that give off a warmer, more relaxing glow.

Lighting Tips For Small Spaces
+ If you opt for wall sconces or another wall-mounted model, place the light high up on the wall so that it draws the eye upward and doesn’t cut your wall in half.
+ Recessed lighting is a great way to give off a more subdued, ambient glow, and also won’t take up much space on your ceiling.
+ If your space has any sort of recessed shelving or another built-in unit, feel free to put a small light source in that area. By illuminating the recessed shelves or display area, you’ll add depth to the room.
+ Mirrors are a great way to reflect existing light and give the illusion that the space is much larger than it is. Consider installing a couple of wall sconces near a mirror, or, if you prefer a hanging fixture, position a mirror so that it reflects the fixture’s light throughout the room.
+ While we certainly embrace the idea of using deep, vivid colors in small spaces, it’s also true that a light-colored floor will reflect a room’s light upward, making the room seem larger and more open. The color of the light itself will also have an impact. Choose a warmer, more yellow glow if you want to create a cozy, intimate atmosphere, while a blue-toned light exudes an airy ambiance.
Have you used lighting to enhance a small space within your home? Let us know if you have any additional tips or tricks!
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Katy Schamberger
Katy Schamberger is a Kansas City-based freelance writer, editor, blogger and author who weaves experience as a journalist, magazine editor and Chief Content Officer to create compelling, engaging copy that informs, entertains and inspires action. Oh, and she likes to take photos, too, especially of architecture, food and cocktails. Welcome!