Bright ideas for putting on an incredible light show
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.’