Let there be light

The Palm Beach Post - Residences - - Front Page - Joseph Pu­bil­lones

When I walk into a room, I al­ways tend to run to the win­dow to ei­ther see the view or take a look at the light com­ing into the room and see­ing how the room looks from that van­tage point. I’ve al­ways been this way. It’s amaz­ing how much light­ing can change your per­cep­tion of a room. If you don’t get what I am say­ing, walk out of any room and walk back in look to­ward the win­dow — you will no­tice the room looks darker. Then if you walk to­ward the win­dow and look at the room, it should ap­pear lighter and brighter.

Light is an in­ter­est­ing and im­por­tant el­e­ment when it comes to de­sign­ing a room. It can change the way a color is taken in, it can change the way you per­ceive a pat­tern and it can also change the amount of space you per­ceive. Here are some tips:

When de­sign­ing and build­ing a new home, lineup win­dows and glazed doors to al­low for light to stream through and an ad­di­tional bonus of ven­ti­la­tion.

Most homes can be retro­fit­ted with over­head light­ing for even bal­anced light­ing.

Wall col­ors af­fect the bright­ness of a room. Rooms that are painted in light col­ors tend to bounce the light and make the light ap­pear to glow. Darker col­ors tend to ab­sorb the light and make the rooms seem dim even though they may have a strong source of light.

De­sign­ing rooms so they are bright and light re­quires some plan­ning. If pos­si­ble it is rec­om­mended that win­dows are kept bare, so as to in­vite the light to come in and shine.

Se­lect­ing re­flec­tive sur­faces such as shiny or glossy floors help the light bounce off the floor and back onto walls.

White or other sim­i­lar light color such as an oys­ter gray, very light beige or pale ivory will help brighten your in­te­rior space.

Ac­ces­soriz­ing with glass or crys­tal ac­ces­sories al­ways helps cap­ture light. Glazed ce­ram­ics also catch light and help bounce the light. Sil­ver ac­ces­sories act like mir­rors.

A well-placed chan­de­lier will cap­ture sec­ondary sources of light and add sparkle to the room.

Use mir­rors in your decor. Strate­gi­cally place them op­po­site win­dows or door­ways where they can catch the light.

Dis­trib­ute ta­ble lamps at strate­gic places in your room to high­light an area. Make sure there are some over­laps in light­ing, both over­head and task light­ing so the room has a bal­anced feel.

The sheen on leather or vinyl fur­ni­ture help make a room seem brighter.

Dec­o­rate us­ing can­dles or vo­tive can­dles on table­top. Your table­top ac­ces­sories will shine.

Wire­less strands of light in a jar or glass con­tainer makes for a light dec­o­ra­tion. Group your seat­ing near a win­dow or mir­ror. Avoid car­pets or area rugs. These ab­sorb the light and keep the light from bounc­ing.

When in doubt about light is­sues, I rec­om­mend tak­ing a flash-less pic­ture of your room. This trick will re­veal any prob­lems in light­ing and al­low you to be prop­erly lit.

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