When you begin designing lighting for a cabin, there are several elements that you need to keep in mind that make this location unique. While everyday home lighting needs to cover certain elements like comfort, efficiency, and longevity, cabin lighting has its own special requirements. Below we will go over a few suggestions on how to design your cabin lighting for both style and efficiency.
When people start to think about what lighting they want for their space, they often overlook or don't take into consideration the color of the walls. For cabin lighting, this factor is very important. Since, the walls typically have darker tones, more light is needed because most of its output is absorbed. Whereas, if you have wall with white or lighter tones, it acts as a reflective surface that bounces light back into a room, thus making overly bright lights a bad idea. Since the majority of cabins use wood tones, whether they're light or dark in color, we recommend choosing lighting fixtures with warmer color temperatures.
Most cabins have several areas that need to be highlights, which makes track lighting the perfect solution. It allows you have several lamps installed on a single track to showcase different areas. For example, if you had a double track lighting fixture, you could have lights highlight one side, like the kitchen, while the other side illuminated the living room. It is ideal for use in cabins because most tend to shy away from using recessed lighting, plus its a great way to save on space.
Increasing visibility isn't always the main factor when lighting a location. Some areas such as cabins, need softer lights with warmer temperatures that provide lower lumen outputs, which creates accent lighting that projects an inviting and relaxed atmosphere.
The majority of fixtures can only cast light downward towards the floor, which is great for most homes. However, in a cabin setting, fixtures with up light capabilities are preferred since most cabins have have many decorative elements that need to be highlighted such as exposed beams, without the light being too harsh or distracting.
For many years it was common practice that you needed to make sure all lighting throughout your home matched. Now, mix and match lighting has become incredibly popular. Consider using a variety of different lighting sources in your cabin such as a combination of track lighting, rustic chandeliers and wall mount sconces, to create a visually pleasing effect.
Most people who own a cabin home are wanting a lifestyle that is rich in nature and slower pace. For instance, an ideal way to replicate the natural movement of the sun as the day progresses is with light fixtures that can change light levels throughout the day. Utilizing dimmers allows you to create comfortable levels of artificial light that mimics the appearance of natural light.