3 Steps to Per­fect Light­ing

Timber Home Living - - Annual Buyer's Guide -


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.


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.

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