How to Properly Light Up Your Closet
When thinking about how our homes are going to look, we rarely give too much thought to the exterior of our storage spaces. The interior is not going to be seen that much by anyone outside of the household, so we deem it less important than the exterior.
However, you will realize the importance of good interior organization the first time you need to find something in there, that is not placed front and center. Without proper lighting, in a walk-in closet, you might find yourself in the middle of an event, realizing that the black pants you are wearing are actually navy. To avoid such a horror, let’s see what is the proper way to light up a closet:
The best thing you can do to bring more light into your closet is to get rid of anything that is not used enough to justify its place. You might have boxes and items blocking off the light source, making the room seem even darker than it is. More importantly, clearing up the mess will visually open up the room and make things a lot easier to find. It can also be a good idea to paint the walls white, since it will allow the light to bounce off of them, making the room look a lot bigger.
Bring in natural light
Especially when talking about walk-in closets, it is important to realize the benefits of natural lighting. It’s important to note that you don’t need to install anything too big: a small window on the outer-facing wall, or a skylight, if your closet is on the top floor, will be more than enough. If you are using your closet as your main dressing room, you will want all of the odds to be stacked in your favor when picking the perfect outfit. That’s why you should have plenty of natural light in your closet, because only in this light will you be able to see the true hue of a clothing piece. The window will pay itself off in the upcoming years, and you will appreciate the natural light every time you get dressed.
Install detail lights
Sometimes, the problem is not the lack of light, but rather the direction and placement of lighting fixtures. An overhead light is often not enough to light up all the small nooks and drawers, but there is a simple solution to this problem. Pick the areas of your closet that are lacking light, such as accessories drawers or a closed cabinet, and install small lights that will light up that particular area. Make them motion-sensitive so that they automatically light up when you open the drawer and turn off when you don’t need them anymore. This type of fixture can also be used to make the space look more stylish and elegant.
Add a stronger light
Sometimes, the simplest solution is the best one, and perhaps the only thing your closet really needs is a stronger light bulb. I went through several phases of decluttering and reorganizing, but nothing seemed to give me enough light. Finally, I contacted a reliable electrician in Sydney and had them install a simple overhead light with a CFL bulb which made all the difference. Eco-friendly fluorescent lights will brighten up the space while also conserving energy and lowering your bills. Opt for a white light, since going for either cold or warm tones can alter the true color of the items you are looking at. Install a timer on the switch or motion sensor, to make sure that the light doesn’t stay on when you are not using it.
When remodeling a home, and especially when first building or arranging our living space, we should be thinking about every corner of it, including the inside of our closet. But luckily, even if you’ve just now realized you need to change something, you’ll be able to fix it easily using one of the above-mentioned methods.
AUTHOR BIO: Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in interior design and latest DIY projects. In her free time she enjoys exercising and preparing healthy meals for her family.