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With the difficulty that comes with re-wiring your home,—some would even call it impossible—,lighting is often last on the list of things to be changed in a renovation or re-decorating plan.

However, what many people don’t know is that light has the ability to make living spaces with expensive furniture and stunning décor look cheap; conversely, great lighting has the opposite effect on small spaces with seemingly lackluster furniture.

In an interview with Real Simple magazine, renowned lighting designer Melanie Freundlich was asked for tips on how to use light to enhance a room’s appearance. And by the way, if you don’t know what a lighting designer is, it’s someone who creates personalised lighting schemes for residential and commercial spaces.

Here are some secrets shared by Melanie. 

• Variety is the spice of life, and it’s also the secret to great living room lighting. Use several different lights together and install them at different heights and locations to create dazzling lighting effects.

• Use lights to illuminate specific spots you want to highlight, like the living room vignette and other similar focal points • Avoid uniform lighting, or lighting all areas in the room using just one brightness level. Although bright and even lighting is something desired in conference rooms and offices, you want to avoid this at home to prevent “lighting fatigue.”

• Use dimmers for custom lighting effects, Dimmers are cheap and easy to install, and work very well with newer LED light bulbs. • Light vertical surfaces such as walls, artwork, photo frames, and more.

• For maximum lighting coverage in the bathroom, install lights above and on each side of your mirror. Don’t worry about lighting fatigue here—you want to a clean shave (for men) and great hair and makeup (for women). For more of Melanie’s tips, go to Apartment Therapy. You can also call the LiquidLEDs support team for tricks and tips on your LED lighting.

 

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