Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Let There Be Light

Last week I had an electrician come and install a chandelier to hang over my dining table.  It looks great! and added some much needed light for when we eat or color (since we don't have homework yet!). 

Lighting is an integral part of design.  It can transform a room.  One of my biggest grievances is when a space has no lighting other than an overhead.  Besides the practicality of light, it has a big influence on the personality of a room.  If you are having an intimate dinner, you don't want a bright blaring light above your head.  If you are working on a project, you don't want a single lamp to provide all the light you need.  If you only have direct light sources, it makes a space feel dark and gloomy.  There are certain rooms you walk into that feel cozy and inviting.  A large part of that is the lighting.  Lighting is best done in layers, by varying light sources throughout the room.  This includes tables lamps, floor lamps, recessed, accent lamps, picture lights and pendants or chandeliers.  I would always install a dimmer with a chandelier.  You can brighten a dark corner or highlight a painting.  Lighting can also be a work of art. 
So take a look at what you've got and consider the mood you want to create.
For me, you could probably guess it's 'cozy'.

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