From dim to dazzling, lighting transforms any space. Beyond illumination, lighting can instantly change the look and style of a room from traditional to contemporary and everything in between. A good choice is fixtures that incorporate LED, as they are energy efficient, occupy minimal space, and allow for a variety of designs while still providing an exceptional quality of light.
When developing a lighting plan for your home, the experts at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery recommend using the TADA (Task, Accent, Decorative, and Ambient lighting) method. By considering all four layers of light, you can achieve the proper illumination in any space.
Whether you are writing, reading, or cooking, task LED lighting can add concentrated lighting and style to any room. Table lamps can provide great task lighting for a living room and home office. If you want a bright bathroom, task lighting is key. You’ll want to light the vanity area with a fixture above the mirror or with sconces on either side. When thinking of your kitchen, consider under-cabinet lighting, where most of the work takes place.
Pendant LED fixtures are great in rooms with high ceilings to add light and visual interest. Ideal over islands and dining areas, pendants offer a decorative accent and soft illumination.
LED lighting is also available in a wide range of sophisticated choices to match any design concept. Advancements in this eco-friendly technology create light in innovative forms that not only mask the LED bulb, but also afford for more decorative and stylistic lighting designs. Consider placing these fixtures in the living room to emphasize artwork, sculptures, or a large plant.
Set the tone of the room and provide general illumination with ambient LED lighting, which can be found in ceiling fixtures, like recessed lighting and chandeliers. Positioning recessed lighting around the perimeter or a chandelier in the center of a room can help the room look bigger and provides an overall comfortable level of light. For more control over the brightness and mood of the room, use dimmers so as the day progresses you can control illumination according to the daylight.
When selecting options for your next light fixture, consider these lighting trends.
• Respect the Bulb: When the light source is exposed, showcase the intricate handmade filaments of antique vintage bulbs. The choice between tubular or traditional A-shape bulbs will completely transform the look of the fixture. LED options provide additional brightness and performance with a fraction of the heat output and energy cost.
• Adjustable Fixtures: With a simple twist or turn, adjustable fixtures can adapt to your space and personal style preferences. The flexibility of these interactive pieces provides greater options when selecting home décor.
• Shapes—Round vs. Rectangular: How to choose? Start with the existing furniture, textures, and colors in the room. Is the furniture contemporary with straight lines or geometric patterns? Complement these with a rectangular fixture. Does the room contain multipillow seating, large areas of lush carpet, or floral motif wallpaper? A round orb fixture will blend all elements together. Still can’t decide? Select a fixture that artfully pairs the shapes together in a singular design.
• Let’s be Clear: Fixtures with clear glass offer style and design without obstructing views. Ideal for small spaces and rooms with standard ceiling heights, clear glass fixtures can provide a more open feel.
• Two-tone Finishes: Two-tone finish pairings offer more flexibility to coordinate with existing home décor and future updates. A mixed metal finish, such as antique bronze and natural brass, will also complement a wide variety of faucets and fixtures in the kitchen and bath.
Selection of lighting is an important part of the overall design plan and should not be overlooked. When planning your next upgrade, use the tips the pros know to create a space that is functional, well-lit, and beautifully illuminates your style. For more information, visit your local Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery or fergusonshowrooms.com to request an appointment with a knowledgeable lighting expert.
Kristin Rees is the showroom manager at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery.
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