When you think of grand lighting schemes, you likely think of a large house with several rooms. However, you may not live in a large house with several rooms; instead, you live in a small apartment with two or three rooms. At Southern Lights, we can help anyone find the perfect light fixtures for their residence, whether it’s a five-bedroom house or a studio apartment!
Ambient lighting refers to the general lighting in your home, whether that’s the overhead fixture in your living room or bedroom, or the ceiling fan in your dining room. With a small apartment, you may not think that you need too much ambient illumination, since even the most modest fixture can provide enough light. However, opting for larger ceiling fixtures can actually make your apartment seem bigger, since you’ll be eliminating any dark corners and unwanted shadows. You don’t want the rooms to be too bright, though, since that can make the space seem too saturated.
Accent lighting plays an important role in illuminating your apartment, since it takes care of the lower levels of each room. A well-placed table or floor lamp can brighten a corner, and bring the light down to eye level when you’re entertaining guests. Wall sconces are great for small hallways, since they can direct light both upwards and downwards. If you do install sconces in the hall, make sure they don’t stick out too far and hinder your movement through the space.
If you live in a small apartment, chances are you live by yourself, and you’re perfectly happy with that. Living on your own means that you can set your own schedule, and you may even work from home from time to time. Having the right task lighting can make your small living space more functional, and a desk lamp or under cabinet light can make your home more appealing. Your office or kitchen may be small, but task lighting will help you enjoy it more, since you won’t be straining your eyes when you’re working at your desk, or preparing dinner for your guests.
Mirrors and Lampshades
Once you have the right light fixtures, you’ll want to optimize them for optimal efficiency. You can do this by choosing the ideal bulbs and putting each fixture in the ideal place, but one way to truly maximize them is by adding mirrors and picking the right lamp shades and globes. Mirrors will reflect and refract light around the room, making it appear bigger than it actually is. Lamp shades and globes can help you direct the light where you want it to go, and lighter-colored options will let more light into the room.
At Southern Lights, we can help you find the perfect lighting for your apartment, no matter how small it is. From overhead fixtures and lamps to shades and bulbs, you can find everything you need in our Minnesota lighting store. You can also sit down with our expert lighting consultant and go over the best options for your apartment, no matter if you’ve just moved in or you’ve lived there for several years.
Our showroom is open Monday through Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.. We’re physically located in Burnsville, and you can find directions to our store from wherever you are in the greater Twin Cities area.
Visit us today to find new lighting for your apartment. We look forward to meeting you!