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Lighting Shows Off Your Space To Its Best Advantage

posted by Bonnie @ 1:19 PM
Sunday, September 19, 2010

How many hours did you spend picking out the paint for your room? Now, how long did it take you to decide on the lighting? No other single element influences what we do and how we feel, yet we overlook this element of design.

Each room in your house is unique and needs to be illuminated to  meet your needs day and night.

Ambient lighting is the base from which all lighting is layered. It is the natural light from windows and those lights that fill the space with an overall glow. These usually include ceiling fixtures, pendant, track, recessed lights and wall sconces.

While a pendant light might be your first choice for over the breakfast bar, don’t forget what they can add to a living area, entry or stairwell. Pendants can be hung in pairs or groups for added effect.

Tiffany Table LampTask lighting is illumination for a single activity. This is achieved by using desk lamps, table lamps, under-counter lights, pendants and swing arm lights. You should use this type of lighting near your sewing machine, office desk, kitchen counter or any place you may sit to read.

Accent lighting will give you shape and depth. This type of lighting may show off a particular piece of artwork or lighten a dark corner. Wall sconces, torchieres and pedestal lamps would be appropriate fixtures for this type of lighting.

Chandeliers and wall sconces with dimmer switches can provide accent or mood lighting as well.

Decorative lighting is a design element. It is meant to look good while providing a little light as a bonus. Unique candle stands and novelty lamps work well here. Your choices are almost unlimited.

Beware of the common mistake of using one overpowering bright overhead lamp. That is usually harsh and unflattering to your decor. Instead, use a varity of lamps and lighting fixtures that will give you soft and warm light.Punch Pattern Lamp

If you have high ceilings and want to cozy up the room, use light shades with pierced patterns that will cast patterns on the wall or tiffany style lamps that throw off varying colors.

Low Budget Decorating – Move it, don’t always lose it!

posted by Bonnie @ 5:55 PM
Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Bare bones budgets do not mean you cannot give your home a fresh new look.

Take a look at what you have now and it’s placement in the room. If all the furniture is hugging the walls, try floating some of it out into the room. This will make the room feel less structured.

Take the stacks of books and magazines from the coffee table and put them on the book shelves and into a magazine rack or basket. Remove the afghan or throw from the back of the couch, fold it and place it in a linen closet until you need it. This will open up your space by removing some of the clutter.

Now add some color. A few throw pillows or new curtains, a small tiffany style accent lamp or even a tiffany style floor lamp to accompany the sofa or chair you have pulled from the wall.

Finish it off with scented candles with a seasonal scent. For spring I suggest a fresh linen scent or a mild floral scent.

Take your warm and cozy wall decor down and replace it with something light and bright.

Move back and look at what you accomplished. You have changed the entire look and feel of the room, spending little or none of the budget you have.

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