LIVING WHITE ON WHITE

LIVING WHITE ON WHITE
White might be simple, but never dull.

Friday, January 6, 2012

LET THERE BE LIGHT



There are many types of lighting that can be used in various rooms of the home. 
Ambient light: A hidden source of light that washes a room with a glow. It flattens an interior and creates very little shadow. A wall sconce is an example of ambient lighting. 
Accent lighting: Directional lighting or lighting that adds interest or highlights a certain object or unusual architectural feature in a room. Halogen spotlights and table lamps with opaque shades are good ways to achieve accent lighting.
Task lighting: Task lighting is just that; lighting that's used to perform daily activities such as reading, computer,cooking, shaving, putting on makeup, etc. It needs to be glare-free. 
Different banks of task light are useful in the kitchen — near the stove and chopping areas are places for this type of lighting. Task-lighting sources are never seen and any task light should have a reflective shield. Ambient lighting and task lighting go hand in hand. Pools of light created by several spots produce a lovely effect.
Aesthetic lighting: Lighting itself can be a work of art. A purely decorative lamp is an example of aesthetic lighting. A spotlight illuminating a statue on a pedestal or portrait on the wall is also artistic. 
Natural lighting: Sunlight, candlelight and firelight; this is light that moves and is sometimes referred to as kinetic. The quality of natural light, sunlight in particular, depends on many things — time of day, weather, what season it is. 
There are many ways to light a room. And the room's function greatly determines the way it should be lit. Some examples:            If a room is too tall, use low luminaries that let no light out the top to help shorten those high ceilings.
            If a room is too small, visually push one wall open by washing it with light.
            If a room is too wide, illuminate the narrow ends. Conversely, if a room is too narrow,
         illuminate the wide sides.   
         If a room is too tall, use low luminaries that let no light out the top to help shorten those high ceilings. 
         

Dark walls and floors reflect less light than light-colored ones. White walls reflect all light.
A balancing act is important in all rooms when it comes to light. Up lights, down lights and wall washers work well together. They make a good team in almost any room and if dimmers are added they can perform well in any atmosphere.
Here is an an array of options for illuminating your world:

Natural light with task lamps.

Recessed ceiling lights with dark wall.

Aesthetic lighting.

Task lighting & natural light; with recessed ceiling light for darker wall.

Very tall ceilings require additional light; but the tall windows give natural light.  
Ambient lighting to set an evening mood; with daylight from unobstructed windows.
White walls reflect light. 
This has it all: under counter lights, ceiling recessed lights, fireplace for ambience and natural light.

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