Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Lighting is one of the major design elements that help create ambiance. And when it comes to different types of lights, accent lights are used to enhance the mood in a room. However, a careful combination of accent and general lights works well to create a harmonious effect.
Track lights and wall washers
For highlighting wall designs and paintings or wall art, use accent lighting in the form of track lights or wall washers. Having warm light trained on the walls will create a warm wash over the walls, thus highlighting the architectural designs, the depth and colors of your wall.
On the other hand, more central features such as an occasional table for a large foyer can be accented using a spotlight. Create a stylish tabletop vignette or choose a beautiful centerpiece. Spotlights also work well for other freestanding features such as statues. Illuminate displays on shelves with spotlights to highlight decorative items such as figurines or collectibles.
Pay attention to the color temperature of your lighting choices, as this may have a great effect on the mood of the room as well.
Warm, white bulbs are best used for general lighting, which should also be distributed evenly across the room. Choose a warmer color for your accent lights to highlight the accent features and pieces in the room.
While cove lights are most commonly used as general lighting on ceilings, they may also be used to add interest in a room. Enhance architectural wall styles by incorporating cove lights in the wall design.
Decorative niches, built-in furniture and wall art may also be fitted with cove lights to add a warm glow.
Aside from the color rendition of your lighting design options, the light fixture itself may also lend style and ambiance to a room. This is true for central lighting fixtures in particular. Pendant lamps and chandeliers come in all shapes, designs and sizes. The amount and quality of illumination may also depend on the lighting fixture design.
Lighting fixtures with lampshades will evoke different light colors, depending on the color of the lampshade. Some lampshades even have patterns, thus creating a dramatic play of lights and shadows across the room when lit up.