Think about the old Hollywood phrase: “Lights, camera, action!” There’s a reason why lights are listed first: Lighting is key to making anybody look good whether it’s in a film or in your home. With the right lights, everyone is at their best to work, play, or prep for the day ahead.
Whether you live in a tiny house or in a mega-mansion, you need to think about how to light each room and what kind of mood you want to create. There are many types of lighting, whether you want ambient light, bright light, or a spotlight on a special work of art or over a workspace.
Every room needs ambient or general lighting to create a comfortable environment day and night, so plan ahead to have at least one light in each space. You also will want task or accent lighting for certain rooms, such as a desk or a bathroom.
So, where do you start? To begin with, evaluate how much light you want in an individual room. For example, a bedroom might need table lights on each side of the bed as well as a romantic chandelier to offer ambient light. A kitchen could have a light in a ceiling fan as well as can lights to bring in the brightness you need to create a recipe from start to finish.
Light fixture styles vary greatly, and what you pick may depend on what your house looks like, ranging from a Victorian or a mid-century modern masterpiece to contemporary design. Modern spaces look best with clean lines while more ornate rooms can handle elaborate light fixtures like chandeliers.
Need some help with your lighting plan? Here are four Metro Detroit stores that specialize in lighting and have expert staff trained to bring the best out of your home.
If you need a little bit of everything–drama for the living room or the perfect office lamp–then Ray Lighting Centers are a great place to start. Its lighting consultants will work with you to outfit an entire home or find a single light for a small space. Its fixtures range in price from entry-level to more expensive, so have a budget when you come in to browse and learn more.
For more than a century, this Troy lighting store has been making Metro Detroiters look good. It focuses on service with an experienced staff who not only are good with older spaces that need unique lighting but can help with new builds, bringing in the latest technology. They can also help with electrical service using materials on hand for any repair or upgrade.
Whether you need a new shade for your favorite fixture or a suite of lamps for a new apartment, this longtime St. Clair Shores institution will have something for you. It’s a smaller store, so if the big-box retailers feel overwhelming, you’re likely to find what you want here and get the one-on-one service you are looking for.
No matter what kind of home you have, be it elegant or something simpler, this Harper Woods store will have something ideal for your space. Exway is big enough to carry a wide array of lighting styles but small enough that you can get personal attention and help selecting the perfect fixture for your house.