Come Into the Light!

Shady Lady
Photo by Shady Lady

“There are two kinds of light – the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures.”  ~James Thurber

A key element of good design is layering–not just the layering of fabrics and styles–but of light as well.  Soft lighting has been shown to reduce stress, and when lighting is layered, the quality of a space is greatly improved.

Century
Photo courtesy of Century Furniture

Diversity in lighting is also essential.  If you can’t seem to achieve that comfortable “homey” feel, try switching up your light-style to fit your life-style.  This can be done by adding more features to your fixtures.  For instance, putting a dimmer on a single-switch overhead light can make your room versatile for many different situations and occasions.

Or, try a few lamps instead of one overhead ceiling light.  You can sync your lamps to come on when you hit a wall switch, which is helpful if you don’t have a ceiling light.

Designer Hints:

  1. Make sure at least two of your lamps have a 3-way switch, so you can adjust the brightness.
  2. Make sure you have at least three lamps.
  3. Think of your light fixtures as pieces of art … multi-functional sculptures.  A subtle unexpected glow is a nice surprise when lighting furniture.

Lighting manufacturers are getting creative with how they disperse light through their products, so why not COME INTO THE LIGHT!

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