Lighting does so much more than provide illumination. Designers know that it can be used to change the whole look and feel of a room.
Think about how you want each room to feel when you walk in. Active or intimate? Inspiring or dramatic? The types of lighting, their placement in the room – even the type of bulb used – all affect the room’s atmosphere.
These tips from lighting expert Mary Beth Gotti can help you create just the right mood.
- Highlight the seating area with ambient lighting, and focus track lights on centerpieces. This draws the eye to the central glow.
- Use lighting that emits a soft, warm glow, such as GE Energy Smart and Soft White bulbs.
- Incorporate lamps for reading. A reading lamp should be tall enough to shine onto the pages of the book, but not into the reader’s eyes. A floor lamp positioned behind the reader is ideal.
- Torchieres and wall sconces create a warm glow in living rooms and other spaces. A working fireplace adds to the feeling of comfort.
- Light pictures from above using a ceiling spotlight.
- Use bright general overhead, or ambient, lighting along with focused task lighting for work areas.
- Recessed downlights can effectively light countertops and other work surfaces in kitchens.
- Under-the-counter lighting also provides great task illumination in kitchens.
- Outside, keep a well-lit walkway. This directs visitors to the entrance and makes them feel at ease. Using bulbs such as GE Energy Smart Outdoor Floodlights can put welcoming light wherever it’s needed.
- Inside, gentle ambient light makes people feel comfortable. For added relaxation, illuminate the walls and the ceiling to avoid menacing shadows.
- Utilize accent lighting to showcase an interesting object. This arouses guests’ anticipation of the rest of the house, urging them forward.
To create a romantic room that will leave you starry-eyed:
- Avoid overhead lighting – it can cause a harsh glare.
- Add dimmer switches to give versatility to lighting fixtures.
- Use a variety of lamps to create a comfortable glow; use shades with warm or dark colors.
Get more tips on designing with light at gelighting.com.