Proper lighting makes an organized home come to life.

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Now that your home is decluttered and organized, furniture arranged, art and accessories effectively displayed for your desired comfort and function, it’s time to make it come to life with good lighting. Lighting in your home is critical to how well it looks and functions.

Inadequate lighting is a common issue I find in home organizing and redesign projects, and is often caused by incorrect wattage in lamps and outdated overhead fixtures, which can make a room dark, shadowy and uncomfortable. First of all, check to make sure the highest wattage bulb recommended by the manufacturer is in the lamp or fixture you are using. Also consider if a clear or frosted bulb is right for the situation, as the latter reduces glare.

Having trouble reading in a particular room or working at your desk? Do you sit close to a window for natural light because the lamps and fixtures direct light upward to the ceiling and not down on the room, book or desk? Are your art, collections, plants or trees  hidden in the dark?

If any of this sounds familiar to you, it’s time to figure out how to redesign your lighting situation or upgrade to what you need. To light your home properly, you need three types of lighting: general, task, and accent.

GENERAL LIGHTING illuminates the entire room. This includes fixtures that hang on or near the ceiling, and Torcheres that stand on the floor and shine their light up. Also in this category is Track Lighting, Recessed Lighting, Cove Lighting, Chandeliers, and Sconces.

TASK LIGHTING includes table or standing lamps, strip lighting, or track lighting directed to specific areas, and is an essential element for working and reading comfortably. Swing-arm lamps connected to a wall are versatile task lighting, more commonly placed at the bedside or next to one’s favorite reading chair. Some torcheres come with combination up and down lights that provide both general and task lighting. Strip lighting is commonly used under kitchen cabinets to light up counter space.

ACCENT LIGHTING is used to highlight artwork, collections, sculptures, trees, and plants. Properly lit art and accessories can dramatically improve the look of these pieces and the overall feel of the room. Collections displayed in bookcases or wall units can be illuminated with individual mini-halogen spotlights or strip lighting under the shelf.

Take the first step to improve your lighting by asking yourself:

  • Have I identified all the places where general, task, or accent lighting is needed?
  • Changed all bulbs in lamps to maximum wattage?
  • Used three-way bulbs in three-way sockets?

If you are considering upgrading, you may find the need for additional self-standing lamps or fixtures installed by a professional. Visit a local lighting store or household furniture showroom for ideas, where the most current and creative lighting options available will be displayed for your convenience.

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Isabella Guajardo, also known as Girl With A Truck™, is a professional home organizer and a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO). Living in Oakland and Monterey, she travels in her truck to work with clients throughout the SF Bay Area, East Bay, South Bay, Silicon Valley, Santa Cruz and Monterey Peninsula. She shares simple and creative ways to stay organized and stylish while reducing, recycling and re-purposing. Join Bella Organizing on Facebook. Gift certificates are available.

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