Lighting a small space can be challenging. From a lack of floor space to minimal natural lighting, small areas present unique issues. When you are decorating a small space, don’t just think less is more, think about how you can make less work more.
Lighting can make all the difference in how a room feels, especially in a small space. Properly selected fixtures can make small rooms feel larger than their actual size, and can visually extend the appearance of the space. Our lighting experts have come up with a few tips to help you find the best light for your small space.
Choose the Best Bulb
Light bulbs and the type of light they give off can make a huge difference in your small space. Bulbs with a higher blue level suppress melatonin levels, which can help promote wakefulness. Yellow light bulbs, such as incandescent, are better for creating a relaxing and inviting space, perfect for bedrooms and other relaxing areas.
Go High to Open Up Space.
Using ceiling lighting in a small room is a must, as it saves the floor space for furniture and walking room. Select a bold ceiling fixture that will direct attention upwards and open up space. Visually appealing lights will trick the eye and make the room feel larger than it is.
Be Picky with Lampshades.
Lampshades are more than decorative, they have a huge impact on the quality of light that the lamp will give. Before choosing a lampshade, have an understanding of what you are trying to achieve in the space. Lighter lampshades will allow for bright light to enter the space, while darker lampshades will localize the light, keeping it above and below the lamp itself. For a more modern option, choose a lampshade that is made from less traditional materials, such as glass or wire. Or forego the shade altogether and opt for an exposed Edison-style bulb for a more industrial feel.
Use Lamps Wisely
Though most small spaces are tight on floor and table real estate, you can’t go wrong with a well-placed lamp. When you are lacking square-footage, a good strategy is to always take advantage of height where you can. Table and floor lamps are narrow, portable, and vertical additions to your lighting solution.
Torchiere floor lamps are ideal because they provide plenty of light without taking up too much space; some styles even have task lights midway up the lamp so that you can choose a fixture that multitasks. Tall floor lamps are also ideal for narrow corners of a room that are often left dark and empty. Place a tall floor lamp in the corner to help disperse light and provide illumination into nooks and crannies.
Take to the Wall
Another way to work around a lack of square footage is to avoid taking up floor space altogether by utilizing wall space. As some styles can be as eye-catching as hanging an art piece, wall lighting is just as functional as it is beautiful. These fixtures avoid hogging floor and table space while adding a great deal of light to a room. Wall lights that are mounted in a line along a single wall can help to widen the space, making it feel larger. Usually, wall fixtures are installed in pairs, just above shoulder height. These fixtures are best used in the bathroom on either side of the vanity, or at your bedside.