How to Make Your Home Look Expensive with Architectural Lighting
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How to Make Your Home Look Expensive with Architectural Lighting

July 25, 2023 Share

Shedding light on the tricks and tips that make your home look more expensive through good design and without the exorbitant price tag.

Homes are the windows to the soul… or at least there’s some sort of saying along those lines, right? By that logic, a home is a direct representation of who we are, our likes, dislikes, character, taste…. and, inevitably, our acquisition power. Making one’s home look expensive is much easier, and cheaper, than one may initially think. Whilst expensive furniture and intricate detailing may be a simple way to make your home’s elegance stand out, smaller and more affordable measures can be taken to help make your home space look more affluent. One such feature to make your home look expensive is light.

Poor lighting is bad for many things – for one it makes spaces look dingy and cramped. Lighting conditions, fixtures, quantity and positioning are also other factors worth considering.

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A basic, albeit important thing to remember, is to consider the placement of lights in different rooms. Avoid relying solely on overhead lighting, as it can create harsh shadows and an unflattering ambiance. Instead, incorporate multiple light sources at different levels to add depth and warmth. To do this, rely on things like table lamps, floor lamps, and wall sconces, all of which can create a cozy and sophisticated feel while accentuating various areas of the room.

Light Fixtures

When selecting light fixtures, opting for high-end designer ones can pay off. We are currently obsessing over Gant Lights, which offer German made concrete fixtures with an industrial twist. Not only are they sculptural enough to seem like artwork, but can also really elevate an otherwise boring space into something intricate and thought through. Pay attention to the material and colour of lampshades as well. Lighter shades diffuse the light more effectively and give a sense of airiness, while darker shades can create a more dramatic and intimate atmosphere.

Expensive Mirrors and Light

Another cost-effective way to enhance the perception of luxury in your home is through the use of mirrors. Strategically placing mirrors can reflect light, making the space appear larger and brighter. Choose stylish frames for your mirrors that match your overall aesthetic, and position them across from windows or light sources for the best effect.

Type of Light

Additionally, the type of bulbs you use can make a significant difference in making your home look expensive through light. Invest in LED bulbs that emit a warm, natural light, as they are not only energy-efficient but also create a cozy ambiance that is reminiscent of expensive hotels or upscale residences.

Artificial lighting is important, but don’t underestimate the impact of natural light on the overall ambiance of your home. If you have large windows, make the most of them by keeping them clean and unobstructed. Avoid heavy, light-blocking curtains and instead opt for sheer or light-colored drapes that allow natural light to filter through while adding a touch of elegance to your interiors.

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Quality of Light

Incorporating dimmer switches is a clever trick to instantly add an air of sophistication to any room. Dimming the lights allows you to set the mood and tailor the atmosphere to different occasions. Whether it’s a romantic dinner or a cozy movie night, adjustable lighting provides the flexibility to create the perfect setting.

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