We’ve all toured model homes before or ogled over pictures in our favorite design magazine displaying beautifully furnished homes. We are amazed by the designer’s ability to blend beautiful fabrics, custom wood, furniture and paint to create that special room, and we are immersed in its beauty as we daydream of someday living in a home just like it.
There’s probably something you didn’t notice in all of this, however, and it is something that is essential to the overall look of the finished product. That something is lighting and how well it is used to capture the essence of each and every room we see.
It doesn’t matter how well your designer has captured your individual style, unless you have the proper lighting to enhance its mood, the room and all its contents get somehow lost in an eerie darkness.
Confused? Let us look at some of our most popular rooms to shed some light on all of this. A kitchen should be well lit using a combination of recessed lights and under-cabinet lights with perhaps a chandelier or small pendants hanging atop the kitchen island. A family room should also be well lit for reading or watching TV, but it also needs to be cozy so a dimmer is essential and most often recessed lighting works best here. The living room, though not used as often, is the most formal room in your home and needs to elicit character and warmth, dimly but appropriately lit for any occasion. Low voltage recessed lighting is a popular choice here, aimed at the artwork, or on the exquisite furniture featured throughout the room.
Combined with the subtle charm of table lamps, you now create an ambience that exemplifies all that’s good amongst the peaceful surrounds of family and friends. The dining room, arguably the most elegant of rooms, commands a blend of subtle incandescent lighting, so perhaps a finely crafted chandelier with wall sconces to match.
Whatever your budget may be, remember that lighting is a very crucial element. It really is the finishing touch to any interior design project.
To learn more, please contact Brodie Electric at 661-294-5001 or visit us at www.brodielectric.com .
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