7 Lighting Ideas for Your Condominium
Due to the fast pace of urban life, condominiums have become all the rage. These living spaces let people live in the heart of the city, effectively cutting their travel time to work, school, groceries, hospitals, and other establishments to its bare minimum.
But of course, these new-age residences have a lot of problems because of the limited amount of space they provide. One of these would be how difficult they are to clean. In fact, it’s so tough that you might need carpet cleaning in Sunshine Coast condos, or anywhere else in the world. However, one of the worst problems condo units encounter – much worse than cleanup – is lighting. After all, without light, it’s hard to move around one’s home.
To solve this setback, here are a few ideas that could help.
In condo units, you only get a limited number of sockets to put your lights in. If you find them insufficient, you can install a dropped ceiling, tiles that act as a secondary ceiling. This setup allows more lights to be installed. As an additional bonus, it helps in both aesthetics and acoustics, as it gives your ceiling both design and absorb sound.
White or Yellow
Lighting at home usually comes in two colors: white and yellow. And contrary to popular belief, yellow isn’t as dead as people think. In fact, it remains a choice for people who like giving their homes a chill, cozy atmosphere. On the other hand, it’s understandable that white light has dominated the market, as it is a lot more eco-friendly, more energy-efficient, and much brighter. Either way, whichever you choose – maybe even both – the important thing is that you achieve your desired ambience and purpose at home.
Hanging or Flush
Another decision you’re going to make is whether you’ll go for flush or hanging ceiling lighting. Perhaps the greatest difference between the two would have to be aesthetics. Flush installations are best suited for those who are going for a minimalistic look, while hanging lighting are for those who would like to have a more artful flat, as they offer different designs to choose from.
In the end, it’s all up to you. However, if you have a low ceiling, be more practical and go for flush lighting.
A fairly com
mon setup in condos is rail lighting, a series of lights that are attached to a single rail. The lights attached to it can easily be adjusted, allowing you to illuminate particular areas on your condo unit, especially those that you think are more important than the others. In addition, they can make your condo unit feel like a studio. No pun intended.
Those lighting fixtures attached to the walls? They are called sconces. While they don’t have a lot of illuminating power, they contribute a lot of dramatic effect, especially in enclosed spaces and when they face each other, paired side-by-side, or alternate. This just means they’re ideally set up in elongated and enclosed spaces such as bedrooms and hallways.
Aside from the light they give off, which helps establish ambience, how the sconces actually look matter, as they also contribute to the overall look and feel of the area they’re installed in.
Some areas need a lot more lighting as compared to others. These are places where tasks are done; a few examples of this would be the kitchen, home study, or home office. Because it is a must that these places have more and better lighting, you should install pendants. Aptly name as such, they hang over tables and center islands so you can clearly see whatever it is you’re doing at the moment.
Due to the limited space in condos, chandeliers aren’t exactly advisable. However, just like in a regular home, they make perfect centerpieces because of their great size and elaborate design.
If you want to insist on having a chandelier in your unit, however, it’d be best if you put it on your living room or dining room – if the two are separate – as it can easily catch peoples’ attention and make those particular areas a lot more stylish.
The right lighting for condominiums, which has small and enclosed spaces, can be hard to achieve. However, with the many options available to you and the knowledge on the pros and cons of each and every one of them, you definitely can.
Yyanna Reema Marquez is a student- writer based in Manila, Philippines. She is a student of Interior Design and love to explore places that offers extraordinary experience. Connect with her on Twitter