Lighting is Essential
Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 04:50PM
Diane Gill

Today, we can enjoy two kinds of light, natural and artificial.  The first is a gift of nature, the latter a boon of centuries-old technology.   Natural light is not entirely within our control, but the second enables us to control our environment.  Our choice of lighting and how we distribute it throughout our living space determines how our home feels and how comfortable we feel there as well. 

Lighting a room doesn’t always finish the job. The difference between “just-okay” and “just-what-you-need” are in the extra little details. For example, nothing is quite as dramatic as a chandelier, however, it’s more often than not a statement of good design rather than good lighting.. It needs to be augmented by functional lighting.  Ambient lighting illuminates an entire space, but may be too much!! Functional lighting will still be necessary for close work such as reading or needle work.  When light is directed toward a specific space, less energy is needed to achieve the appropriate light.

 

Bedroom Lighting

Bedroom Lighting

When lighting a bedroom, you will want to create an overall atmosphere of quiet relaxation while providing some bright spots for reading and other activities.

 

Dining Room

Dining Room Lighting

Dining room lighting should be functional and aesthetically pleasing. This lighting sets the mood for a variety of functions.

 

Kitchen Lighting

Kitchen Lighting

The kitchen is primarily a work area, but it is also a gathering place for family and friends. Lighting that is comfortable and functional is required.

 

Living Room Lighting

Living Room Lighting

When designing a lighting plan for a living room you need to consider the variety of activities that occur there.


An interior designer can help you acheive the best results for your unique home. Proper lighting makes all the difference in how the room appeals and is enjoyed. 

 

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