Lighting Design - Layer, Layer, Layer!
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In any type of interior, lighting is an important piece in the interior design puzzle. Lighting design plays a very big role in how you experience a space. How you light a room really transforms the mood and perceived size of a room. The elements of a room really come together with the right types and combination of lighting, so it's essential to keep lighting in mind as you design a room and not have it be an after-thought. All rooms need a mix of three different kinds of lighting - ambient, task and accent. Ambient Lighting The goal of ambient lighting is to provide even, overall light to a room. Recessed lighting is great for this purpose . If you want something more decorative to provide ambient lighting, a chandelier works beautifully . Wall-mounted lighting like sconces also provide ambient lighting. Always use dimmers with ambient lighting ! We can't emphasize this enough! Dimmers allow you to adjust the light levels based on the time of day or mood you are looking to create. Use multiple circuits in a room so you can dim some lights, while keeping others brighter. Task Lighting Specific tasks like reading, working at your desk, cooking or getting ready in the bathroom require task lighting. Stylish table lamps and floor lamps are perfect in the living room, home office and bedroom. The kitchen requires task lighting in a different form. Pendant lighting comes in a variety of shapes, sizes and styles and is ideal for illuminating cooking and food prep areas. Combine pendants with under cabinet lighting and you have the perfectly lit kitchen. Task lighting in a bathroom include bath bars and sconces . For a more modern look, consider using pendant lights as sconces. Accent Lighting Bring visual interest into a room by creating different focal points with accent lighting. Accent lighting highlights specific objects like interesting architectural details, art, sculptures and bookcases. Classic track lighting and picture lights are often used as accent lighting in a room. Make sure your lighting design includes these three types of lighting (ambient, task and accent) and you will create a beautifully lit space for you to enjoy! Image Source: Euro Style Lighting