Shadow And Light | Valentina Cirasola | Interior Designer to my A to Z Challenge on the subject of Home. The goal, in a year time, is to elaborate and dissect topics regarding the Home not as containers of stuff, but as a cocoon for the soul, mind and heart. I will touch on decorations, style, trends, history of home and sometimes technical information.




Is the sparkle of a chandelier the only light you imagine yourself being enveloped in?
Fortunately, a central light mounted in the middle of the ceiling as the only fixture that illuminates the entire room is passé and so are the all track light systems. These fixtures attract attention to themselves and detract attention from people, often-casting shadows on their faces.

Today, lighting is a visual phenomenon, it must be inviting and create a mood. Light is life and people congregate in rooms well-lit and well accented. In fact, the eyes need highlights and shadows in order to rest. A bright blasting light only blinds people, gives headache and leaves everything flat with no dimension.

In planning an efficient lighting system, we must first think of people and how good they will feel in our home when the light is right. We don’t want our guests, or even our family members to look sick with bags under their eyes.
Second, we should think of the type of tasks we do daily. These areas will receive a brighter light in order to fulfill our tasks.
We must create ambient light, which is perfect for conversing, for comfort of the soul and to relax the mind.
Finally we must accent everything of value, artworks, sculptures, glass work, photographs and interesting piece of furniture.


I see the light in the “layering effect”, sort of like painting with lighting.  The fixtures come in second order and the light plays the main role. Don’t get me wrong, fixtures add style to a room and we can admire their beauty during the day when the lights are turned off. However, lighting is one the element of design that must be agreeable with human beings and the one element that visually enlarges or shrinks spaces. As in a theatre performance we never see the light source, we see highlighted only people and the important details of the plays, the same principle applies to home lighting.



I like to create silhouettes, shadows and light for different areas of the same space. I will never leave a corner in the dark and often I put lights behind furniture to create a glow on the wall. If I have an empty vase, most likely I will fill it with light and if I decorate with flowers, artificial or not, somehow the arrangement will be illuminated indirectly.

I hope these small examples help you to look at your spaces in a different light. I do offer on-line consultations via Skype. The world is not as large as we think and distances do not exist anymore. Ciao,

Copyright © 2013 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

Val:FarfalleStampValentina Cirasola is a trained
 Interior Designer
 in business since 1990. She is the owner and principal designer of her company: Valentina Interiors & Designs. Being Italian born and raised, Classicism and timeless style influenced Valentina’s design work. She will create your everyday living with a certain luxury without taking away a comfortable living. Find Valentina’s three books on


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