Lighting is a key component of interior design, providing both function and beauty to your home. When choosing interior lighting for your new custom home, think like a pro! Designers go beyond decorating with light; they consider performance, particularly distribution of light in small and large spaces. We often select lamps and fixtures that we find visually appealing, only to discover that our choices don’t provide the right light in our home. Designers understand the concept of layering light – utilizing the principles of ambient, task and accent lighting. At CBI, we work with you, one room at a time, to achieve lighting that is both practical and pleasing to the eye. Let’s review some general design principles to help you decide on the best lighting for your home.
Ambient lighting illuminates large spaces, such as walkways, hallways, and staircases. Recessed lights, hanging fixtures, and sconces are popular choices. If your home design incorporates high ceilings – such as two-story space – recessed lights often do not provide enough illumination on their own. Consider adding hanging or wall fixtures in these areas.
Well-lit work space is essential in your kitchen, bathrooms, laundry room, and home office. Task lighting is all about proper illumination for everyday living. In your kitchen, recessed lights combined with pendants perform well, and under cabinet lighting is a popular addition. Bathrooms are typically outfitted with vanity lighting, and CBI includes ceiling lighting over tubs and showers as well. You may also choose optional fixtures – such as wall sconces – to compliment overhead lights.
Do you have an architectural element that you’d like to highlight? Accent lighting provides direct light to those elements, along with other features including shelving, a fireplace, or even a cherished piece of artwork. We can help you design a lighting package that will bring these details to life.
A Final Word…
Consider placement of switches and dimmers, too! Different types of lighting should have separate controls for maximum efficiency and flexibility. And dimming lights instantly adds warmth and mood to your home, along with reducing energy usage and heat output. There are many energy efficient choices you can incorporate, and we’ll be happy to discuss those options with you.
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