How to Light Your Apartment

The right lighting will turn your Honolulu apartment into a cohesive and comfortable living space. Whether you are just moving in or looking for a way to mix up the look of your apartment, adding or changing your lighting will transform the feel of every room. Keep reading for tips to help you give your apartment’s lighting a complete overhaul, from the kitchen to your bedroom and beyond.

Lighting Your Living Areas

The living areas of your apartment, such as the living room, dining area, and kitchen, are generally the spaces you use most. Thus, adequate lighting in these areas is necessary for both comfort and safety. Start with ambient lighting, which is designed to provide general illumination so you can see comfortably regardless of your activity level. Even if your apartment includes overhead fixtures, add lamps around the perimeter of your living spaces to ensure every area is well lit. In the living room, take care to position lights such that you can still see your television comfortably without creating glare. You should also make sure your entryway is properly lit to prevent slips or trips at night. Task lighting should be used in spaces where you need extra illumination for specific activities, such as reading in the living room and chopping or mixing in the kitchen. Under-cabinet mounted lights can be easily installed using adhesives to provide a little extra light—and flair—in your kitchen’s meal preparation areas. Finally, accent lighting can be used to highlight architectural or design elements by drawing attention to these unique features. Keep in mind that accent lighting doesn’t need to be bright to make a statement, just focused enough to catch the eye.

Lighting Your Bathrooms and Bedrooms

Unlike the main living areas of your apartment, the bathrooms and bedrooms are slightly more specialized rooms. However, these areas still need the right lighting to feel cozy, inviting, and functional. Bedrooms and bathrooms should also have enough ambient light so you can see the entire room clearly. Bathrooms in particular often benefit from additional task lighting near th0e mirror, which is where you likely spend most of your time. Wall-mounted lights or flexible desk-style lamps can provide the extra light you need for grooming tasks. In the bedroom, place a table and lamp on each side of your bed to provide easily-accessible task lighting for reading. If you want to add accent lighting to your bedroom or bathroom, consider string lights, lanterns, and other wall- or ceiling-mounted lighting options, which often work best in these smaller spaces. Make sure accent lighting is softer in the bedroom to enhance, rather than disrupt, this room’s relaxing atmosphere.

At Waena Apartments, you’ll discover amazing amenities, upscale finishes, and a spacious apartment home that offers convenient access to Kapolei, Kunia, Ewa Beach, and more. You can click through our one-, two-, three-, and four-bedroom floor plans on our website, or check out our location page to explore our neighborhood’s most popular dining and shopping spots. If you’re ready to discuss your move-in date, you can give us a call, send us an email, or stop by our leasing office in person.

Living an Eco-Friendly Apartment Lifestyle

Today more than ever before, the citizens of Hawaii understand the importance of conserving natural resources and protecting the islands’ landscape. Renting an apartment doesn’t mean you have to work hard to enjoy an eco-friendly lifestyle. There are many ways you can easily conserve energy and water even in a rental home without sacrificing comfort or convenience.

Use Your A/C Wisely

Your Kalaeloa apartment features central air conditioning to keep you cool and comfortable every day. However, air conditioning can be one of the largest sources of energy consumption in your apartment. Learning to use your air conditioning wisely will not only save energy, it will save you money as well. Keep your thermostat set at 76-78 degrees Fahrenheit when you’re home during the day and evening. At night when the air outside is cooler, turn your air conditioner off and sleep with the windows open to conserve energy. Likewise, turn your air conditioning off when you won’t be home for an hour or more during the day—close your curtains to block out direct sunlight to keep your home cool while you are away.

Choose Eco-Friendly Lights

Lighting also plays an important role in your apartment’s energy usage, especially during the winter when daylight hours are shorter. Traditional incandescent bulbs are no longer the most efficient means of lighting—today, Compact Fluorescent Lamps, or CFLs, offer equivalent light for a fraction of the energy consumption. CFLs use up to 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs and last an average of six times as long, reducing both your energy usage and the amount of waste you throw away. Switching all your light bulbs to CFLs is an easy and cost-effective way to instantly green your Oahu apartment.

Unplug Unused Electronics

After your air conditioning and your lighting, your electronics are the third-largest drain on energy resources. Simply unplugging electronics when they are not in use can reduce your energy consumption by up to 15%. This concept particularly applies to chargers, televisions, computers, and DVD players, all of which draw power even while they are turned off or not in use. To make this simple step even more convenient, plug similar electronics into a single power strip equipped with an on/off switch. Whenever you’re done watching TV or using your computer and associated equipment, power off the devices and turn off the power strip to stop using energy until it’s needed again.

Take Smarter Showers

While it’s perfectly fine to indulge in a bath now and again, showering regularly will save water over filling the bathtub each time you want to get clean. Cutting your showers to ten minutes or less whenever possible will save five gallons or more over taking a bath, while also requiring less energy to heat the water you do use. Replacing standard showerheads with low-flow fixtures is easy and can further reduce your water usage without compromising water pressure or comfort.

Your Kalaeloa apartment home is the perfect place to enjoy a green and eco-friendly lifestyle with all the amenities you want. Our pet-friendly Kapolei apartment community features plenty of personal storage space, brand new finishes, fixtures, and appliances in select units, and on-site community spaces that include tennis courts, picnic areas, and a dog park. Visit our website for additional information about our features, floor plans, and availability.

Designing the Perfect Apartment Home Office

Whether you work from home or simply need a workspace for hobbies and daily tasks, creating a comfortable and productive home office workspace is a must. Designing an apartment home office around your needs and preferences will provide you with a welcoming environment that promotes productivity and accomplishment. Keep reading to learn a few tips you can use when putting together your home office to ensure you’ll love the space you create.

Add Light

Lighting plays an important role in your apartment home office for many reasons. Adequate light is needed to avoid eyestrain and promote comfort when reading or writing, even on the computer. Focused task lighting is a great start for this area—invest in a desk lamp that provides bright light exactly where you need it. However, ambient lighting is also an important factor in your home office design. If possible, set up your home office near a window or in a room that allows bright sunlight inside. Natural light has been proven to boost mood and productivity, enhancing your work experience. If you’re concerned about glare, a sheer set of curtains or solar shade will still allow light inside without affecting your comfort levels while you work.

Add Color

Color is another important mood-booster that should be a part of your apartment home office design. A bland, colorless space doesn’t feel inviting, while a home office that features a bright or calming color palette will help you to stay more focused and on task. You can add color in a variety of ways, ranging from rugs and artwork to a colored desk chair or curtains. Colorful desk accessories can make your desk really pop, such as a colored blotter, mousepad, pencil holder, or even brightly-colored pens.

Add Comfort

There is no need for you to feel uncomfortable while “at work.” Choose home office furniture that fits your needs in terms of both style and comfort, and resist sacrificing comfort for style. Try out desk chairs before you purchase one to make sure your final choice can be adjusted to the proper height and angle. Your desk should also reach a comfortable height so that you don’t feel as though you’re straining or struggling to reach it or read your computer screen. If you aren’t able to change your furniture, try adding a pillow at the back of your chair or a small footstool to promote good workspace posture.

At RockVue Apartments, you’ll have the perfect space to set up a home office, home entertainment center, and more in your one- or two-bedroom apartment in Broomfield, CO. We’ve made sure to include some of the best features and amenities you’ll find anywhere, including quartz countertops, wood-style flooring, and modern lighting and hardware. Visit us on the web to find out more, including details about our community amenities, local neighborhood, and move-in specials.