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Creating the proper atmosphere with light is an art as well as a science. There is so much more than just the style of lamps to consider.
The first step in planning your lighting is to think about the activities that take place in the room, the atmosphere you want to create and the decorative elements that you may want to highlight. You’ll create different effects by using and combining different types of lighting fixtures.
Your home is an expression of your identity. To make your home unique, you may wish to experiment with different lighting options. Choose a lighting fixture for its size, shape, style, material and cost. Choose a bulb for its efficiency, life, heat, color and rendering. When considering lighting, take these things into account: General light replaces daylight, accent light highlights and accentuates, and task light is for illuminating work areas.
The way a fixture throws light into a room differs radically from unit to unit. For example, lights that cast illumination towards your ceiling can result in indirect lighting that can make a room appear a bit larger than it may be in reality. Soft, diffused lighting can be cast through a sconce or a shade and makes a wonderful choice for all-around general lighting. Lights which throw their illumination down towards your floors are good for illuminating table tops, your art and decor pieces or wall decorations.
Standing lamps work best in corners, so avoid positioning them in heavy traffic areas. For most table lamps, you’ll need ample desk or table space or they may feel crowded. Finally, if your table or desk has a glass top you could get a bulb reflection in the glass. You can use a specialty bulb or goose-neck lamp to avoid this problem. It simply isn’t practical to give value to a lighting style or vignette in home decor if one doesn’t consider some of the lamp’s decorative features, we are talking about the lampshade of course. Lamps have likewise evolved from the old days of limited choices. Even the lowly lampshade has now come back with a more intricate look by integrating a plethora of fabrics, shapes, styles and other embellishments. Materials from paper and metal to sheers and tapestry, stones, wire, beads and myriad of other accouterments have made it into modern shade styles.
An off white a-frame style shade made of silk in traditional and modern forms are now available, but why should you stop there when you can also create a light with shades which have cylinder, sphere, rectangle and square shapes? When the time comes to decorate a home, lighting choices shouldn’t be a secondary consideration. An intelligently selected light can make every difference in the look. And choosing right lighting shouldn’t be a task too difficult.
LED based lighting should also be a strong consideration and there are literally thousands of new products on the market which integrate these small, eco-friendly, energy saving, cool burning and versatile lights.