Does the lighting in your home seem to be a bit off, yet you can’t figure out exactly what the issue is? If so you’ve probably come to realize that is one of the most important aspects when it comes to designing a space, and that there isn’t a sole fixture that will get the job done. In order to create the best atmosphere and get all the lighting you need you have to utilize the basic idea of layering lighting. When it comes to layering the lighting in your home:
- First begin with ambient lighting, also known as general lighting, which provides an area with a primary source of illumination. It can be achieved with chandeliers, ceiling or wall-mounted fixtures, recessed or track lights and with lanterns mounted on the outside of the home.
- Second, add task lighting which will help you perform specific tasks. It can be provided by recessed and track lighting, pendant lighting and under-cabinet lighting, as well as by portable floor and desk lamps.
- Last, use accent lighting to add drama to your room by creating visual interest. It is used to draw the eye to a specific item or location and is usually provided by recessed and track lighting or wall-mounted picture lights. To be effective, accent lighting requires at least three times as much light on the focal point as the general lighting surrounding it. (ALA)