Layer Your Lighting
When thinking about the flow of space, ambiance, and atmosphere in your home, lighting can be one of the most fundamental elements. Beautiful interiors have a variety of lighting for different times of the day, tasks or moods. Take a layered approach to lighting with different light sources (preferably all fitted with dimmers) across different levels to create ambiance and interest in a room. Most rooms require three types of lighting: ambient, accent, and task.
- Ambient lighting illuminates the entire area of a room in a fairly uniform manner- typically ceiling light fixtures, pendants, chandeliers.
- Accent lighting is the second lighting layer and is referred to as the “decorative” layers because it is used to showcase a room’s features, such as artwork, architecture, decorative objects and any other points of interest in the room- typically wall sconces and recessed lighting.
- The final layer of lighting is task lighting and task lighting provides illumination for specific tasks performed in an area such as reading- typically floor lamps, swing arm sconces, or desk lamps.