How To Spruce Up Your Home With Fabulous Ambient Lighting

Everything you put in a room contributes more or less to the ambiance inside and the list is different for each type of room. Some things are more general. The ambient lighting is a relevant example. Whether it’s a backlit mirror, a string of LED lights under the cabinet or a lamp in the corner of the room, this can make all the difference and can decide whether the room looks cold and austere or warm and inviting.

The ambient light in a room can also have a decorative role. That makes sense since the idea is not to light up the space for practical reasons but rather to make it feel more welcoming and comfortable. The type of ambient lighting used in a space has to do with that room’s function but also the style that characterizes its interior decor.

These backlit panels form an interesting and eye-catching headboard and double as decorative elementsView in gallery
These backlit panels form an interesting and eye-catching headboard and double as decorative elements
Use ambient lighting to complete a room's decor or to draw attention to a specific element in the roomView in gallery
Use ambient lighting to complete a room’s decor or to draw attention to a specific element in the room

If you decide to add some ambient lighting to a space, be careful not to overdecorate the room. It’s easy to go with the flow and it’s understandable to want to add a lot of features and decorative elements to the space but at one point it can become too much. Think of a backlit panel or mirror as a replacement for a piece of wall art and use LED light strip wisely either to highlight a certain element in the room or to draw attention to a specific area.

When the lights are off, this installation sets a pleasant mood and the rest of the time it just looks interestingView in gallery
When the lights are off, this installation sets a pleasant mood and the rest of the time it just looks interesting
We can't emphasize enough how great under cabinet LED lights are. They change the whole spaceView in gallery
We can’t emphasize enough how great under cabinet LED lights are. They change the whole space
Another cool idea for the kitchen is to have accent lights placed under the cabinets or under the islandView in gallery
Another cool idea for the kitchen is to have accent lights placed under the cabinets or under the island
It can also be cool and practical to have drawers that light up when you open them to better see the contentsView in gallery
It can also be cool and practical to have drawers that light up when you open them to better see the contents

Take into consideration the whole picture and think of how the ambient lights that you want to use will impact the room, its function, atmosphere and decor. It may be possible to combine looks and function and use LED light strips as task lighting as well as decorative features. This applies to spaces such as the kitchen or the bathroom. In areas like the bedroom or the living it’s more about the mood.

In the living room you can have LED strips placed under the shelves or the wall modulesView in gallery
In the living room you can have LED strips placed under the shelves or the wall modules
Another option is to highlight certain modules inside a living room wall unit to make them stand outView in gallery
Another option is to highlight certain modules inside a living room wall unit to make them stand out
If you mount the TV on the wall and you surround it with furniture, you can create a frame around it using LED lightsView in gallery
If you mount the TV on the wall and you surround it with furniture, you can create a frame around it using LED lights
Light strips can also be placed under shelves in order to highlight the items displayed thereView in gallery
Light strips can also be placed under shelves in order to highlight the items displayed there
Ambient lighting should be subtle so you don't need to make it stand out too muchView in gallery
Ambient lighting should be subtle so you don’t need to make it stand out too much
You can use ambient lighting to unify a set of wall shelves or modulesView in gallery
You can use ambient lighting to unify a set of wall shelves or modules or to highlight a collection displayed on them
An interesting idea also to have modules with semi-opaque glass fronts and ambient lighting insideView in gallery
An interesting idea also to have modules with semi-opaque glass fronts and ambient lighting inside
The placement of the ambient lights needs to be well thought through to avoid uncomfortable settingsView in gallery
The placement of the ambient lights needs to be well thought through to avoid uncomfortable settings
You can use backlit panels instead of sconces or lamps and this way you combine looks with functionalityView in gallery
You can use backlit panels instead of sconces or lamps and this way you combine looks with functionality
The ambient lighting in the bedrooms needs to be particularly pleasant to the eyes and subtleView in gallery
The ambient lighting in the bedrooms needs to be particularly pleasant to the eyes and subtle
Use ambient lights to create interesting visual effects and to make a simple decor look interestingView in gallery
Use ambient lights to create interesting visual effects and to make a simple decor look interesting
Ambient lights can also emphasize the geometry of a design or can focus the attention on specific detailsView in gallery
Ambient lights can also emphasize the geometry of a design or can focus the attention on specific details
Ambient lighting can be of various different types, colors and intensities so choose wiselyView in gallery
Ambient lighting can be of various different types, colors and intensities so choose wisely