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Get to Know Layered LightingImagine a scene in a bad movie, where a single bulb dangles from the ceiling in a police interrogation room — that’s what happens when you don’t layer lighting! Drama aside, it’s a fact that the fewer the light sources, the more shadows there will be in a room … and shadows are decidedly not flattering.To build a warm, inviting, well-lit room, you will need to layer three kinds of light: ambient, task and accent. The three types of lighting work together to cast a warm overall glow, provide brighter light where needed, and enhance the style and architectural features of the space.Ambient lighting. This is the light you are most likely to flip on as soon as you enter the room — and it nearly always comes from an overhead source. Ambient lighting can include pendant lights, chandeliers, sconces, and lamps, as well as architectural lighting such as cove, soffit and recessed lights.8 Ways to Get Ambient Lighting Just Right
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Artwork. Before committing to all of the furnishings that you wish to place in your living room, think about your artwork. Large paintings need generous wall space and ideally should be displayed farther from the entry points so that they can be seen by someone entering a room. A good tip is to hang them low enough so that the top is just above eye level. Sculptures as well need their own space and should be placed so that they can be viewed enjoyably. Allow floor space in proportion to the size of the sculpture. Pedestals should not be more than 16 in. (41 cm) in diameter, or should be square and have dimensions relative to the scale of the sculpture.