How To Create Highlights with Lighting

How To Create Highlights with Lighting

Lighting can do wonders for your home. It can light up your house in a way that makes it appealing, with the right illumination. It can create a sense of warmth in small rooms and can brighten large rooms. There are different kinds of light fixtures, such as wall sconces, track lighting, recessed lights, and so on. You can also use light to bring light, that is, to highlight areas in your home. This way your house appears bigger, fresher and decidedly more stylish, as well as more valuable.

Use light to highlight features that are appealing, such as the fireplace; you can do this by using tiny up-lights on either side. This way there is a focus in the room, even when the fire is out.

Add some fashion and chic to your kitchen, while saving money, by affixing hidden fluorescent lights to the tops of the cabinets. They spruce up a kitchen by reflecting light off the ceiling, and they cost little to install. As cheap as it is, this is a trick used by many of the most expensive interior dÈcor designers.

To highlight your sitting room and make it appear bigger, put an up-light in the corner. It will group light on the ceiling and increase the illusion of space.

To come up with a modern and chic look, replace boring table lamps with recessed light strips, or horizon lights at the back of a long bench built along a wall. For a wonderful soft light, cover this are with frosted glass.

As you might have noticed, the base of a flight of stairs is always dark, but with clever lighting, you can increase the illusion of space in your corridor(s) with stylish lighting. You can do this by hiding a light behind a batten four inches away from the wall and paint it the same colour. By doing this, you are creating a lovely, gentle light. To create a theatrical light, use up-lighters in wall recesses.

If you want to silhouette objects or create a secondary source of light in areas where the light is not sufficient, in for instance a bedroom, use up-lights on the top of cupboards or tall chests. These provide soft, indirect lighting.

Your basement need not be boring and dark. If you are extending your highlighting into a basement, lure people down there with the most amazingly illuminated staircase possible. Use LED (Light Emitting Diode) lights, and sink them into the walls along the stairs; they work wonderfully. If you have a view that is rather ugly, hide it by building up a window box. If you decide itís necessary, use artificial plants, and then complete the look by positioning a light outside and above the window. In the evenings, this will increase the illusion and feeling of space, while providing something attractive to view.

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