As I say many times, light is life. People gravitate in places where there is a good infusion of light. Shopping centers are a good examples of how lights attract people and invite them into shops. Any merchandise look super good when spot lights shine on them and of course the good use of light is one of the many selling techniques.
In homes, for the benefit of all the inhabitants and to ensure maximum comfort, we must have a variety of levels for lighting:
Ambience lighting, if we need to relax, meditate, or converse. Task lighting, if we are in the kitchen cutting, chopping and preparing food, or if we are in the bathroom grooming in front of a mirror. Kitchens are special places for me, because I love to cook. Normally I like a lot of light when I am cooking, but when all the activities have quieted down, I love to keep the kitchen in a relaxing mood by turning on the cove lights, any dark corners, any glass front cabinet, the under cabinet lights and the island toekick on too. I keep the rest of the kitchen in the dark. The effect I create is one of a floating kitchen that I absolutely adore.
Aside from these few illuminating effects, we can illuminate pictures with pictures lights, photographs with illuminated crystal panels, wall washers especially used to emphasize some special wall faux finish. Remember that a beautiful home without an proper illumination, is like a woman dressed up without a make up on.
But what if we could almost taste the lighting? Read the article I wrote for Avaliving, a site for designers to consumers featured on their first page. http://www.avaliving.com/article.php?aid=1423
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Interior Designer since 1990
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Valentina Cirasola is an Italian Interior and Fashion Designer, working in the USA and Europe. She combines well fashion and interior in any of her design work. She loves to remodel homes and loves to create the unusual.
Author of the book: ©Come Mia Nonna–A Return to Simplicity
Author of the forthcoming book on the subject of colors: ©RED-A Voyage Into Colors.