Consider The Lighting in Your Home

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Lighting plays a key role in the feel of a room, so it’s important to consider several aspects of lighting when you think about how you want a room to look. Obviously, light can come from many sources and can feel different at different times of the day, so understanding those elements is crucial. Lighting is one of the most changed elements of design we have, and we need to learn “How to Use It.” If you’d like some help with lighting ideas in your space, talk to the experts at Windo VanGo here in Baltimore. We’ll be happy to share our expertise!

Three Levels of Lighting for Each Room

  1. Light to work by
  2. General illumination to fill the space; it usually comes from the ceiling
  3. Mood lighting, which usually comes from the floor up

You don’t have to have them all at once, but it will change your space and give you new looks during the evening.

Light From Windows

The type of light from the windows is determined by what exposures the window is. Southern or western exposure produces warm light from the window, while eastern or northern exposure produces cool light from the window.

Window Treatments’ Role in Lighting

Window treatments can filter light or keep it out entirely. The materials and opacities you select will provide different effects, for example the natural fibers used in Provenance® Woven Textures will filter light gently while a semi-opaque fabric in a Duette® Honeycomb Shade will soften the light. Finally, blinds with louvers like Heritance® Hardwood Shutters will allow you to tilt the light up or down.

Light Bulbs

Clearly, light bulbs also play a large role, and today, there are many choices, from soft light to harsher ones. If you’re wondering about the difference between incandescent and LED light bulbs, you’re not alone. Many people are unsure about the pros and cons. Here are the main points:

  • The old incandescent bulb wastes 90% of its energy as heat, not light
  • LED (Light-Emitting Diode) is at least 75% more efficient than the traditional incandescent light bulb.

There are a lot of powerful design elements in one little bulb! You just need to find the right one for your lifestyle. If you do nothing else, go buy several LED bulbs and take before and after pictures so you can see the results for yourself. At Windo VanGo, we’ll be happy to discuss lighting elements and how your window treatment choices can impact them.

Window Treatments in Baltimore

Windo VanGo is the premier Hunter Douglas Gallery in the Baltimore, MD, area, with a gallery showroom in Marriottsville and serving residential and commercial clients throughout the counties of Baltimore, Baltimore City, Howard, Carroll, Hartford, and Anne Arundel. Contact us today for a design consultation!