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LIGHTING EVERY ROOM NEEDS

Never want to over light space, as shadows create mystery and drama. In order to achieve this effect, there are three categories of interior lighting you need to know about: ambient, task, and accent. A successful lighting scheme requires all three.

 
1. AMBIENT LIGHTING

This provides general illumination and is most often found in recessed lighting, chandeliers, and other ceiling fixtures. Recessed halogens, positioned around the perimeter of a room, can fool the eye by appearing to push back the walls. But go easy on the downlight, dimmers are key here, as they will enable you to control the amount of illumination. You’ll get far more control over brightness and mood with dimmers. AW_16_Floor___Table_Lamps_129225

 
2. TASK LIGHTING

Task is concentrated lighting for performing certain tasks—writing, reading, cooking—and will create those intriguing shadows we love.

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3. ACCENT LIGHTING

Task lighting on its own creates too much contrast. So you need to layer this with accent lighting such as candlelight, decorative sconces, or picture lights that highlight things: artwork, architecture, textiles, groups of vases, you name it. You can’t work or read with accent lighting; it is solely about creating atmosphere.

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