How do you set a mood, define your style and completely change the look and feel of your home? One word: Lighting. Top interior designers recommend thinking of lighting in three ways.
- Task lighting, which could include under-cabinet lights, over-sink lights and even porch lights.
- Accent lighting such as those lights that illuminate artwork or the lights that sit on your nightstand or end tables.
- Ambient lighting or overhead lighting to brighten up a large amount of space.
Layering these three light sources add visual interest and style that can’t be achieved any other way. As you consider lighting sources keep craftsmanship in mind, even if you need to invest a little more out of pocket to keep your interiors up to date and elegant.
We feature a variety of lighting fixtures in our Kitchen and Bath Remodeling showroom to offer our clients a wide range of lighting sources for luxury home renovations.
Tip: Match the style of the fixture to the room’s architectural style rather than to the furniture style so your lighting won’t look dated or out of place if your taste in furnishings change over time.
In accent lighting, keep table lamps in proportion to the table. As a general rule, the shade should be smaller than the height of the lamp base, deep enough so that a small portion of the neck (the fitting between the lamp and socket) is visible, and a little bigger than the width of the lamp base.
Chandeliers are a stylish way to supply ambient light in the bedroom. Long relegated to the dining room, these elegant fixtures are the perfect addition to any style bedroom, bathroom, or even entry ways.
Tip: Proportion is key to decorating with lighting. Always choose fixtures that comfortably fill the space they occupy.
To properly light a kitchen don’t try to illuminate your whole kitchen with one or two mega-bright ceiling fixtures. This is a recipe for shadows and glare. Instead, use a blend of ambient, task, and accent lighting. Put lower-wattage bulbs in each luminaire. For example, with 100 watts in undercabinet task lighting and 200 watts spread among several wall sconces, you can put a 20-watt bulb in each of your pendant lamps for ambient light that won’t overwhelm.
Layering your accent, ambient and task lighting in every room of the house will ensure that you have the ability to express your personal style without sacrificing function.
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