Accent Lighting: How to Take Your Room from Now to WOW!




Article by: Ashton Harr

1. Create "pools" of light , Interior Redesign: How To Choose A One Day Decorator by replacing translucent lampshades on your table and floor , About Pine Needle Baskets and How to Use Them in Your Home Decor lamps with opaque ones. This allows lighting for tasks such as reading but also provides areas of shadow to maximize other lighting effects. It is also an effective way to spotlight a grouping of family photos on a table.

2. Use landscape , A Choice Bed Spread To Enhance Your Bedroom Decor lighting techniques inside , A Choice Bed Spread To Enhance Your Bedroom Decor on your plants , Bed In A Bag - A Fantastic Solution To Your Interior Decorating Needs and sculpture. Study nature's lighting (sunny days and full moon nights) to get some ideas and see the actual effects of downlighting.

a) Silhouetting: Put a large beamed light , Bathroom Vanities - The Finishing Touch For Your Bathroom Makeover! behind the piece and shine the light , A Look at Edible Fruit Baskets straight up the wall. , How to Bring Your Living Room to Life This will create backlighting to focus on the outline of the item. Particularly effective with bronze sculptures, bonsai, , The Beauty of Copper - Copper Kitchens and dense plants. , Shabby Chic Bedding Can Add An Elegant Vintage Touch to Your Room!

b) Shadowing: Place , Bathroom Vanities - The Finishing Touch For Your Bathroom Makeover! a plant , How Color Affects Mood in Your Home light inside , The Beauty of Copper - Copper Kitchens the plant , Baby Quilts - Traditional Or With A Twist just behind the trunk pointing straight up to throw leafy shadows on the ceiling or put the light , Hanging Curtains? DonÂ’t Forget the Rods and Finials! 3' in front of the foliage to see shadows on the wall. , Shared Bedrooms - How To Make It Work This uplighting technique is most effective with sparsely foliated plants , Contacting the Spirit of Feng Shui and unique branching patterns.

c) Moonlighting: This effect is achieved using recessed lights , Flower Arrangements in the ceiling with soft incandescent reflector bulbs , Shabby Chic Bedding Can Add An Elegant Vintage Touch to Your Room! shining down through plant , Without Drapes is It Curtains? leaves sprinkling shadow patterns on the floor. , Information to Help You Understand the Difference Between Mini Blinds, Wood Blinds, and Vinyl Blinds Incandescent lighting (regular household bulbs , Make The Right Choice When It Comes To Futon Frames and PAR bulbs) bring out reds and yellows while halogen lighting (PAR bulbs) will intensify blues , Tuscany Style Decorating Ideas and purples.

d) Grazing: This technique is used to bring out the texture of an interesting wall , Bed In A Bag - A Fantastic Solution To Your Interior Decorating Needs such as stone, , What on Earth are Area Rugs Anyway? silk, or flocked wallpaper. Place , What You Need to Know About Kitchen Colors the light , A Choice Bed Spread To Enhance Your Bedroom Decor source 2-3 inches from the surface, pointing straight up. A series or floor , The 7 Schools Of Feng Shui uplights can create a "scallop" effect along the wall. , Capodimonte Lamp History

3. Add picture lights, , 7 Key Tips on how to Create the Illusion of Space in Small Rooms mantle uplights, or recessed wall , Create a Jewel Box of a Powder Room with Venetian Plasters washer lights , How to Bring Your Living Room to Life to highlight pictures and artwork on your walls. , Persian Rugs

4. Add light , Chandelier ing to bookshelves and inside , Do You Need An Interior Designer? cabinets to showcase your collections. If your lighting is from the top, replace solid shelves with glass. , The 7 Schools Of Feng Shui

5. Add a folding stretched fabric or paper screen in a corner with a powerful spotlight behind for a diffused glow, particularly effective with a plant , Without Drapes is It Curtains? or sculpture in front.

6. Don't forget the power , Decorating Ideas For Kids Room of outdoor landscape , Tuscany Style Decorating Ideas lighting seen through the windows , Summertime Simplicity in Your Home Decorating at night for a visual extension of your living space.

7. Finally, use spotlighting to create a focal point, emphasize a work of art, or accentuate exquisite architectural elements. Use recessed eyeball lights , Carlton Ware: A Colourful Collectible or floor , Missing Dinner Plates: Six Tips to Completing Your China Pattern cans with narrow spot PAR bulbs , Make The Right Choice When It Comes To Futon Frames to achieve these effects.

Experiment with these ideas and have fun with your lighting while you create your own dramatic settings.
Ashton Harrison has a bachelor of science degree from UVA and a masters in business administration from the University of Richmond. Ashton was the V.P. of Operations for This End Up Furniture , Unique Childrens for the One Of A Kind Kid before opening the first Shades of Light , Contacting the Spirit of Feng Shui retail store in 1986. She started Shades of Light , A Review of Popular Massage Chairs national catalog operation in 1995 and launched the Shades of Light , Design web site in 1997. Shades of Light , Create a Jewel Box of a Powder Room with Venetian Plasters specializes in the highest quality lighting, lamp shades, chandeliers, rugs, , Decorating Kids Room Ideas and silk curtains for every lifestyle. For more information , How Color Affects Mood in Your Home please visit the Shades of Light , What on Earth are Area Rugs Anyway? web site and sign up for a free lighting catalog.

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