3 Steps to Perfect Lighting
1. TRACK LIGHTING.
Highlight different aspects of a room by installing track lighting or rail systems on walls, ceilings or beams. Some systems are more versatile than track lighting. Rails, for example, can bend around corners, and they’re available in wavy lines and geometric shapes.
To increase ambient light in a room, think about using uplighting. If you have a low, light-colored ceiling, consider bouncing light off of it with standing floor lamps. To brighten cathedral ceilings, add uplights at the 9-foot level to keep the light from getting lost in the rafters and showcase the timber trusses in the process.
3. WALL FIXTURES.
Fixtures attached to walls can add soft lighting to a room. Wall washers that highlight art are a good option, and wall sconces will bring the light down to the human level in a sprawling timber-framed space. An added benefit: Side lighting flatters the face; overhead light can cast unattractive shadows.