How to Layer a Room with Lighting
Lighting is the most ignored aspect of home decor, but it is just as important as color, style and furniture. Selected with care, lighting can bring a room together for a functional and finished look. Lighting without any thought can make a room uninviting, unappealing and non-functional.
Three Types of Lighting:
There are three categories of lighting: General, Task, and Accent or Ambient. A room should blend all types of lighting for optimal use and style.
General lighting includes ceiling fixtures
and floor lamps
. This type of lighting provides general light to the room for visual assistance.
Task lighting includes table lamps
. Use task lighting to create activity spaces. For example, placing a table lamp on an end table can create a reading space.
Ambient and Accent Lighting:
Ambient and accent lighting include wall sconces
. This type of illumination can soften the mood or brighten dark corners. Indoor accent lighting is also perfect for highlighting art and architecture.
Choosing a Lamp:
Where you intend to locate the lamp determines how to choose it. Give floor reading lamps
plenty of space - the larger the lamp, the bigger the space.
Consider height when it comes to decorative table lamps
. Prevent direct viewing of the light bulb by looking up the shade.
Use long-necked lamps for low tables.
Use short-necked lamps for tall tables.
The distance between the bottom of lampshade and the ground should range from 36" to 47".
Tip: Always remember to balance proportions when it comes to selecting your lighting fixtures and lamps.
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