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The Importance of Layering Lighting

It is all too common for the standard home to have a single, dim fixture in the middle of the ceiling attempting to illuminate an entire room. When we have our initial design consultations, one of the top must-have changes we hear from clients is the strong desire to make the space brighter. The best way to create a beautifully lit space is to utilize multiple types of lighting in your home. What are the different types of light? Natural, accent, and task.

Lighting is one of the most influential aspects of design. It is the final determining factor that can make or break a space. When planning a renovation, our designers always bring up the need to create a lighting plan. A lighting plan includes careful consideration of all layers of lighting and placement to accommodate tasks throughout the day. Natural light proves to have the most positive effects on mood and overall atmosphere of the space. In order to get the most out of your natural light, you need to maximize the amount of space the light from every window touches. Removing walls that divide smaller rooms is a great way to brighten the interior of your home.

Accent lighting is a helpful addition to our layered lighting plan and is also a fun way to decorate a space! Older homes tend to have one single light in the foyer that is mounted directly to the ceiling. This type of installation often only lights the ceiling around the fixture and leaves your foyer looking dim. An easy way to fix this is to hang a large pendant light in the foyer that illuminates the walls, floor, and ceiling. Other examples of accent lighting include table lamps, floor lights, and wall sconces.

The final type of lighting needed to round out a layered lighting plan is task lighting. Task lighting provides a well lit surface for activities that require close attention such as reading, food prep, and makeup application. Examples of task lighting include recessed lighting, under cabinet lighting, and makeup mirrors.

A kitchen is an excellent platform to utilize all types of lighting. Be sure to use recessed lighting in areas of traffic, under cabinet lighting to help with food prep, and pendant lighting above the island to add visual appeal. Also consider adding a window if the space only has one. All of your lighting types can combine to create a perfect space, and Shae Designs can help make that happen.

Shae Design Studio
10420 Kingston Pike, Suite C
Knoxville, TN 37922

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