The Different Uses of Light in a Home

Lighting plays such an important role in a home. From setting mood to adding interest, lighting is central in creating perspective in a space. Uplights and downlights significantly add a layer to a room that may not have existed before. It is important to note that lighting has a purpose! It can be used in one of three ways--task lighting, ambient lighting, and accent lighting. When the three collaborate in the right ways, a space can feel complete.

A chandelier can function in two ways in a space like the one pictured above. It's role is to provide an abundance of light in a space, but ALSO add interest as a true focal point. We love using Visual Comfort light fixtures across our clients homes because of their attention to detail and timeless appeal.

There are so many different elements in this kitchen that we love--the fun tile accents, velvet stools, gold faucet...the list could go on and on. However, the pendants over the island reinforces the refined eclectic aesthetic. The bold gold finish and interesting shape of these fixtures intensifies the look while maintaining the purpose the purpose of adding light to a workspace in the kitchen.

To our ever trusty lamps we haven't forgotten about you...The space pictured above is a great example of how lighting can add depth and warm up a more modern space. These antique blue and white lamps add dimension and texture to the streamlined windows and bare space. The most important part of lighting design is creating visual interest to highlight architectural details.

Don't be afraid to use funkier lighting in a more traditional space. It oftentimes is the simplest solution to updating a space like these too accent lights (Blueprint Store, Dallas). 

This bookshelf lighting by Sita Montgomery Interiors is a great example on how accent lighting can also be a feature in the room. Wall lights like the librarian sconces pictures above highlight this space that may otherwise go unnoticed, so this is a great way to accentuate a bookshelf's charm and set it apart from the rest of the room!