Brighten your home with indirect LED lighting
The revival of the home bar
Cocktails are back in a big way, lead- ing many to outfit their homes with styl- ish yet functional bars. Regardless if it’s in a living room, basement or even a ga- rage, your bar will be the focal point of any social gathering. Of course, there’s no need to go overboard; a home bar that fits your tastes and budget will get the job done when entertaining friends and family. Bar basics At the very least, your bar should have a countertop to serve drinks on as well as few stools for seating. It’s also handy to have shelves to house your bottles of liquor and glassware, as well as draw- ers for your tools. Next, you’ll need to choose between having a wet (sink) or dry bar (no sink). Having a sink is prac- tical for washing your glasses, but it also means you’ll have to install you bar near a waterline. A small refrigerator is a def- inite must-have for any proper bartender.
Outfitting your bar with a mini-fridge will allow you to keep a variety of useful items on hand, such as juices, soft drinks, beer and other bottled beverages. The right setting Figuring out where you want to spend most of your time entertaining is just one step towards determining your bar’s lo- cation. Its size, shape and functionality will also play a role in deciding where it will go. Ideally, you’ll want to place it on an empty wall away from foot traf- fic so it’s not in the way. Being close to the kitchen is practical if your bar lacks a fridge or a sink. However, the base- ment or garage might be better options if you have a rather large and ornate bar. Of course, if space is an issue in your home, you could always go with a quaint bar cart instead. The perfect solution for small spaces, these versatile little carts create a dedicated area for mixing drinks in virtually any room of your house.
Hidden light sources are the perfect idea for any lighting design project in your home. Whether it’s under beds, along baseboards or above cabinets, flexible, indirect LED lighting strips can be installed virtually anywhere you want. These light emitting diodes are a great alternative to direct overhead lighting and they’ll provide any room with warmth and character. Shed some new light The traditional use of direct overhead lighting can feel cold and sterile. What’s more, the glare from these lights is rarely forgiving when it comes to your home’s
• Under the shelves in your office • Around your deck or pool • In the cab interior of your RV A beautiful glow Unlike their compact fluorescent counterparts, LED bulbs give off a warm glow and virtually no glare. Tailored to in- door lighting, they evenly distribute the light to help bathe the room in soft and welcoming colours. This will help make the room feel bigger and will bring out any stylish architectural elements you may have.
blemishes and imper- fections. LED strips, on the other hand, are easily installed, use very little energy and have a very long lifespan. They’re also perfect when look- ing to add a calming atmosphere or cre- ative flair to a given room. Here are a few ideas to inspire you for your next lighting pro- ject. Place LED strips: • Under beds, couch- es or even the edge of a podium bath • Under or above your kitchen cab- inets
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