Indoor lighting can play up décor, mood
As seen in The Miami Herald, October 10, 2009
Eloise Kubli, ASID
Jana Soeldner Danger
The Miami Herald,
Special to South Florida Home
Recessed lighting fixtures in a coffered ceiling combine with table lamps for overall ambient lighting, while halogen bulbs accent objects in the cabinets flanking the fireplace.
Lighting a home effectively requires more than just buying a few lamps and switching them on. Proper lighting can make a big difference in how a home functions, as well as the moods it creates. Lighting can draw attention to furnishings or artwork, minimize flaws, make work easier to do, and produce different kinds of ambience.
There are three basic types of lighting in a home: ambient, or general lighting; task lighting, for reading, sewing, cooking, and other activities; and accent lighting, which can highlight artwork, furnishings, or other features.
First, consider function. “Think about how the room will be used,” says interior designer Eloise Kubli of Collective Construction & Design in Plantation. “The lighting will depend on the activities, the furniture layout, and what color the walls will be. With direct lighting, you want to be careful to avoid glare, so wattage is important.” continued