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Designing with light

Coordinate lighting in all spaces of your home.

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 decor.

BEDSIDES can benefit from hanging mini-chandeliers over, or 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 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 can be 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.

Multiple light sources means more control

Increasing the number of light sources in your room doesn't necessarily mean your room will be "too bright". In fact, it gives you more control of the amount of light, and the option to brighten or dim a room or specific areas of a room, for the use at hand. If a room is overly bright, paradoxically, it typically possesses too few sources of light. The result is either a harsh and uncomfortable glare or a bright diffused level of illumination that cancels out any possibility of drama. Using multiple light sources minimizes glare, which is the unpleasing result of extreme "lights" and "darks", while creating a more balanced lighting scheme.

TIP: Increasing the number of light sources also offers the flexibility to deliver light to specific spots where it is needed, such as to desks, counters, tabletops and bedsides, wherever you need it to illuminate distinct areas for certain tasks or activities.

Creating pools of light & shade

Arranging light so that a series of overlapping pools of light and shade are created adds atmosphere to a room and draws the eye to focal points. Conversely, shadows created between light pools reveal form and texture of objects that cannot be achieved if light is flooded onto a surface.

When an object is lit from the front, it is subject to a "flattening" effect; if the same object is lit from the side, areas of shadow will help to define its basic form. The eye is naturally drawn to light, a tendency that can be used in interior design to direct the focus and traffic patterns in a room. By creating different focal points with light, a feeling of progression or movement can be created in some areas of the space, while circles of light can draw people toward those areas.

Light and shadow actually go hand in hand. In fact, it is shadow, rather than light, that reveals the form and texture of objects.

Simply sconces

Sconces can easily provide general, task, or accent lighting. Many Hinkley sconces are designed to match and compliment our chandelier and foyer families. Sconce lighting can be used in all areas of the home, and are often used as accent lighting above a mantle or fireplace, above a buffet in the dining area, or lining a stairway or hall.

TIP: When hanging a sconce, remember in most cases it should be hung at least 60"" from the floor. When hanging two sconces on either side of a mirror or other focal point, space the sconces appropriately according to other decorative elements.

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