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LAYERS DONE RIGHT This bedroom is a
textbook-perfect case of how to light a space
with three layers: overhead (chandelier),
task (recessed and lamp), and decorative (all
three). All lights on dimmers can adjust light
incrementally. Nisse, Progress Lighting
SHOWROOM SOLUTIONS Q&A
Q: What’s the biggest bedroom lighting mistake homeowners make?
A: Lack of layers. There are a lot of diferent types of activities that happen in
the bedroom, and people make the mistake of thinking about the space just at
nighttime for watching TV or reading.
Q: So what’s the easiest fix? A: Think about the surfaces in your bedroom. You
probably have a dresser and at least one nightstand, if not a side table, too. Every
one of those areas is a great spot for a portable lamp, which instantly adds another
layer to your bedroom lighting.
Q: What about existing fixtures in the bedroom? A: Dimmer switches are
your overhead light fixture’s best friend. You can create a soft glow when you’re still
stumbling out of bed, or brighter light when you need to perform grooming tasks.
THE COLOR OF YOUR ROOMS also
plays a factor in how your light fixtures
and light levels are perceived. Take
paint: The lighter the tint of any color,
the more it will reflect light. And when
it comes to gloss versus matte paint,
a shinier surface also does more
to bounce light—both artificial and
natural sources—around a space.
LIGHTING TERM TO KNOW: Accent lighting
A light source that highlights decorative accents, such as art,
photographs, or plants