Design Tip #4: Avoid Florescent Lighting

Design Series 1, Tip 4: Avoid Fluorescent Lighting

We have finally reached the end of our four part series guide! To bring all the previous tips round circle, our tip # 4 ends with lighting. Often times, lighting is the last thing someone thinks about when they are in the remodeling stage. Suppose you have the layout, furniture, material, textures, and colors picked out for your new design and all you have left to do is choose lighting fixtures. Trying to find a lighting fixture that will go with your home can be a fun and exciting process, the problem arises when you opt for fluorescent lighting.


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A big NO-NO!

Fluorescent lighting…please NO!


If you are thinking of using fluorescent lighting, make sure to run! We have all been at an office that has fluorescent lighting—it’s the one that flickers and hums while you try and concentrate on anything else but it. Well, we are firm believers that fluorescent lights should stay there, in the office. It does not belong nor does it have any business in the home.

Using this type of lighting not only changes colors in most of everything it shines on—it drains the color of a person. Take a look at your windows; the moment you decide to let some sun shine into your home, the lighting temperatures and colors change significantly!

In the world of design, fluorescent lighting just creates chaos. Think about it. You choose the clothes you are going to wear for the day, you stand under fluorescent lighting and then walk outside—you will notice the color variation. What you thought might be burgundy is brown or blue can become teal. The colors become very dull which is why it is important to see color in natural day light. Yes it is true that most fluorescent lighting enhances cool colors such as blue and green, but it will dull warmer colors like yellow, orange, and red. If you can imagine the example occurring in your home, then you can see our concern. No amount of color or combination thereof will save your space unless you address the lighting issue. Make sure to always account for the natural daylight provided by your windows and consider the lighting in your interior when you are choosing colors for your furniture, window treatments, and walls.

There is ample opportunity to add ambiance by using the right type of lighting and fixture in combination with windows, color, texture, and room. Although you may need some task lighting in the kitchen or office, you don’t need it everywhere in your home.

Please consult with a professional when you are about to start a remodeling project. To help facilitate any decisions and help you with your design project, please contact Vickie Daeley and her design team at Interior Affairs at (714)970-8000 or (949)640-5000 to schedule a consultation or an appointment. Follow Interior Affairs on social media for tips, advice, and much more. You can also check out our website at