Accentuates your period décor at the same time,”
“Interior lighting, when chosen well, creates a big impact on the elegance and comfort of your home,” says Michelle Thomas, lighting specialist at Magnolia Hall. To simplify the process, she advises that homeowners think of lighting in the three following categories.
According to Michelle, ambient lighting is ideally soft and typically used in Victorian bedrooms and dining rooms for relaxation. “Beautiful fabric and heavily fringed table lamps in a bedroom would provide the soft illumination needed in this setting,” she says.
“This is more intense light for reading, cooking or working and is typically brighter and more direct,” Michelle says. For example, a Tiffany glass lamp would work well on a writing desk as a task light.
“This is used to highlight something specific like an object or an architectural feature,” Michelle explains. “It can be in the form of a wall sconce in a Victorian home.”
“A multi-light center chandelier gives gorgeous ambient lighting and
“The absolute, most effective way to illuminate an old home is by layering your lighting,” says Nancy Daniel, co-owner of King’s Chandelier Company. “A multilight center chandelier gives gorgeous ambient lighting and accentuates your period décor at the same time. Continue with as many lamps, both floor and table, as the room can take. Very small accent lights help to brighten corners—use them in bookshelves or on desks. An electric candelabra or candlestick adds light, while looking different than a table lamp.”
Create accent lighting with the Crystal Extravaganza Sconce from Magnolia Hall. $349.95, (866) 410-2755 or magnoliahall.com.