Bright ideas for putting on an in­cred­i­ble light show

The Palm Beach Post - Residences - - Residences West - Deb­bie Travis

On a re­cent visit to Paris, I dis­cov­ered an en­chant­ing new ho­tel that cel­e­brates the magic and power of il­lu­mi­na­tion. The owner of Ho­tel Seven had a marvelous vi­sion: to cre­ate a space, us­ing tech­nol­ogy, that would trans­port the guests into a bliss­ful en­vi­ron­ment filled with emo­tion.

Each room is de­signed to come to life and carry you into a dream­like world— sim­ply by turn­ing on the lights.

Light­ing comes from both the floor and the sides of the room, so you feel like you are lev­i­tat­ing. And to com­plete the pic­ture, in my room, a beau­ti­ful sky mu­ral was painted on the ceil­ing. Tucked un­der a fluffy white du­vet, I was in heaven.

The ex­pe­ri­ence of­fered a whole new mean­ing to “up-light­ing,” a de­sign trick that I had thought of mostly for il­lumi- nat­ing in­door trees and plants. It re­minded me that, next time I re­dec­o­rate, I should de­sign the light­ing in the room first — to make use of the ad­vances in light­ing.

Now that green liv­ing has be­come the cen­tral fo­cus in build­ing, dec­o­rat­ing and de­sign, more and more prod­ucts are avail­able to help us feather our nests re­spon­si­bly. Mood light­ing, task light­ing and am­bi­ent lights come in LED(lightemit­ting diode) and flu­o­res­cent fix­tures, and great ad­vances have oc­curred in the qual­ity of light that these cost-ef­fec­tive forms pro­duce.

Ex­per­i­ment with light in your liv­ing space. Start with some up-light­ing — it re­ally does change the whole as­pect of the room. Be­cause you can’t see the fix­ture or the source, light com­ing from be­hind a panel or un­der a shelf pro­vides a great ef­fect.

Ceil­ing “spot­lights” pro­vide fo­cus for art­work as well as over­all am­bi­ent light­ing, and they are par­tic­u­larly ef­fec­tive with a dim­mer. You will be amazed by the dif­fer­ence that cre­ative light de­sign can pro­duce; it will lift your spir­its.

Deb­bie Travis is a King Fea­tures colum­nist.

A bed­room like this gives a whole new mean­ing to con­cept of ‘up­light­ing.’

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