|Wide, white lampshade, check!|
Pale walls, check! Big lamp, check!
Replace those boob, ceiling light fixtures with something big and bold and reflective. Don't be shy about installing a chandelier style.
When it comes to task lighting, you may personally like the moody look of subdued illumination, and cozy pools of light spaced around a room. But this is the kind of lighting that makes a room look small and cramped.
Other tricks for boosting the brightness: double up on lamps. Yes, I mean pairs of lamps in close proximity. Or, place a large mirror on the wall behind a table or desk that sports a lamp.
|The space directly next to a window is usually the darkest spot in|
in a room. This alcove gets treated right. Photo: Traditional Home
To me, the cost of electricity was worth it.
Darker lampshades will absorb light so that you’re not getting all the wattage you want.
Also, ditch the ditzy table lamps. They take up too much tabletop real estate for the little bit of charm they bring to a space.
Best Floor Lamps
|Stick lamps get a bad rap, but they can't be beat for saving space |
and shedding light. Photo: Traditional Home
One clever way to add some drama to a room is with hidden lights that wash a wall with light. Make sure your walls are blemish-free and expertly painted when you aim a light at them at a sharp angle.
Proving the Rule
|What a cool way to hide a less-than-perfect view, but still |
let in the light. And there's always room for a creative lighting solution
like this sunny pendant fixture. Photo: Meredith
Brighten Ceiling and Walls
|You can't beat a white ceiling for bringing a room to life. Don't listen to people |
telling you that the wall color on the ceiling will heighten a room.
Light reflection matters more. Designer: Nate Berkus for Katie Lee.