Designing with Light
Lighting should not be an afterthought when decorating a room. In fact, light is one of the strongest design elements, one that can greatly influence emotions, making it the most versatile component when decorating a home. With lighting, bold statements can be made, and small touches can add up to make a large impression. Below are suggestions for some areas in the home where "carrying over your lighting plan" can make all the difference in enhancing your décor.
The lighting fixture shown to the left is from the Hinkley Lighting collection of Lighting Fixtures from their Bolla Family (4667 BN).
BEDSIDES can benefit from hanging mini-chandeliers over, or Hinkley sconce lights above, each bedside table. The lights will provide adequate light for reading, while leaving night tables free for other items.
IN THE OFFICE try installing two large ceiling fixtures to provide plenty of well-diffused general lighting, while eliminating shadows on the desk. You can also place wall sconces behind you, to the right and left of your desk, so the light comes over the shoulders.
FIREPLACES can be enhanced by placing wall sconces on each side of the mantle. This will draw attention to the fireplace area while providing general lighting for the living room.
HALLWAYS should be illuminated every 8 to 10 feet for safety. You can accomplish this with decorative ceiling fixtures or Hinkley Lighting flush mount lights, and complimentary wall sconces.
STAIRS should be lighted from top to bottom to prevent accidents, with switches at both ends for convenience. If hall and foyer fixtures do not illuminate the entire stairway, you can install a chain-hung or flush mount fixture above the top step.
GAME TABLES require bright, even overhead lighting. Chandelier island lights can offer a decorative, yet functional solution.
BARS can be lighted from above with pendants that hover intimately over the bar.
A BUFFET or SIDEBOARD can be flanked with wall sconces on either side. Choose fixtures that complement the style of your chandelier.
THE KITCHEN TABLE is multi-purpose - used for dining, homework, hobbies or family business. A decorative pendant, operating with a dimmer control, provides sufficient task lighting. Use the dimmer to adjust the brightness for dining or entertaining.