One of the easiest, fastest and generally least expensive ways to see a major transformation for your Charlotte home remodeling dollars is to update your lighting fixtures.

One of the easiest, fastest and generally least expensive ways to see a major transformation for your Charlotte home remodeling dollars is to update your lighting fixtures. That’s because these statement making pieces – and even those that perform a more subtle, supporting part – play such a starring role in determining how your home looks and feels, and even the mood you set in each room.

No matter which room you are looking to update – or even your entire home in a new home construction project – there are three distinct layers of lighting to consider. Building in all three gives you a room with balanced illumination that’s ideally suited to meet its intended purpose. To customize lighting, consider putting each layer of lighting on a different circuit so that each can operate independently, and include dimmer switches to easily adjust your lighting to your purpose and mood.

Here’s a closer look at the three general types:

Overall Lighting.

Just as it sounds, overall lighting is used to light up an entire room. Almost always, this is generally provided by a centrally placed lighting fixture – whether it’s a flush mount fixture in a bedroom, a dramatic chandelier in the dining room or a casual ceiling fan (or several) in a great room. That doesn’t mean your creativity is boxed in. Overall lighting also could be supplied from a series of recessed lights mounted around the ceiling or even from a collection of pendant lights strategically placed in a kitchen.

modern farmhouse exterior patio light

Task Lighting.

This more targeted illumination lights up specific areas where wattage is needed to perform certain tasks. The types of fixtures that make sense for this vary dramatically from room to room. In your master suite, it could be the perfect bedside lamp for nighttime reading. In your master bath, you’ll want bright, natural-toned lighting for applying makeup and personal grooming. In the kitchen, undercabinet lighting in the areas where you prepare food should do the trick. Just determine which tasks you typically perform in the space and make certain your lighting is adequate for it.

dining room lighting

Accent lighting.

As the name implies, this very specialized lighting is designed to accentuate key features in your home and rooms. Think of spotlights placed on artwork in a museum and you’ll have the concept. In a private residence, you can still make use of art spots to highlight key pieces in a living room, dining room, or library. But accent lighting goes far beyond highlighting art. Try trim or cove lighting to highlight beautiful architectural features like trey ceilings or intricate crown molding. In kitchens, consider in-cabinet lighting inside glass-door cabinets to put the focus on treasured collectibles. Throughout your home, table lamps can accent framed photo collections or other favorite accessories.

As far as style goes, the sky is truly the limit. Whether you are tackling a kitchen remodel, bathroom remodel or new home construction project, there are fixtures in a style that will work for you. Just remember to layer them for the most impact.