Lighting is one of the most important components of an interior design. It enhances the feel of a room and highlights important architectural details, artwork and focal points. Lighting also functions as art, defining the style of a room. A perfectly lit room blends a mixture of overhead lighting, task lighting and accent lighting. Good lighting design matches the perfect light source to its intended function.
Floor lamps can make a room both functional and attractive. They are versatile, easily moved, and available in a variety of styles and designs. Floor lamps create a lovely pool of light, without adding too much brightness or overwhelming the space.
Modern floor lamps also provide a decorative accent piece that can be used to illuminate a dark corner or highlight another feature, creating an intimate, finished look in any room.
Table lamps and other accent lighting, available in a variety of colors, textures and styles, illuminate specific areas of a room to create a warm and inviting atmosphere.
Table lamps with translucent, opaque shades offer down lighting perfect for reading or highlighting interesting art objects or decor on an accent table. They are easily moved and functional, their focused light offering relief from eye strain.
The size and shape of table lamp shades can be adjusted to suit the intended living space, offering a warm glow that deepens the overall feel of a room.
When designing the lighting for a room, our goal is to bring in as much light as possible without using recessed lighting, overhead canned lights or ceiling down lights. This type of lighting creates ambient light which can dominate a room.
In contrast, hanging lights such as chandeliers and pendant lighting direct light downward without too much brightness.
A modern chandelier perfectly placed above a table draws attention with soft upward-cast light. However, a contemporary pendant light over a table directs concentrated light downward and out.
We always recommend controlling both overhead lighting and lamp lighting with a dimmer switch to allow for a soft glow.
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