When it comes to home decor and decorating or renovating our homes and creating an atmosphere of warmth, comfort, and style, focus on lighting, it is really a powerful tool; furthermore, it is a crucial element of the décor, do not make it an afterthought, it is lighting that makes the difference between a dull, ordinary space and the attention-grabbing one. So, layer the light and use all layers as to meet your needs and create the effect you want.
Consider carefully accent lighting, usually it is used to highlight architectural features, pieces of art or furniture, beautiful indoor flowers, collectibles, virtually everything; so, if you want to show off your home’s best features or create a focal point in a room, set the mood or enhance the décor, accent lighting is what you need.
When you plan your accent lighting, think carefully which elements you want to highlight, then use accent lighting to direct attention to them; yet do not overdo it, if you add too much accent lighting the effect will be lost, accentuate only key elements, try to achieve the perfect balance, it is what creates harmony in the space.
Keep in mind that you could choose between decorative accent lighting – for an unappealing area for example, and functional accent lighting – when you want to highlight a particular object or a group of objects.
When using the first type, fixtures could be bold, either as color or design, in the same style as the rest of the room in order to put a finishing touch to the décor; try candle lanterns, rope lights, table lamps, lava lamps – all are perfect options.
Since functional accent lighting aims at drawing attention to a specific object, the fixtures should be inconspicuous as to perfectly blend with the décor.
Remember that effective accent lighting typically requires at least three times as much light on the focal point as the ambient lighting around it.
Generally, accent lighting could be incorporated in any room:
- Add accent lighting in the kitchen
LED lights or halogen strip lights can be used inside cabinets with glass doors to highlight your favorite tableware or other kitchen items.
In general, for any glass object consider backlighting – lighting it from behind, aimed toward the object.
Apart from being a perfect option for task lighting, under cabinet lights can also be used as accent lighting – to accentuate a beautiful decorative tile backsplash for example.
- Use accent lighting in all areas of your home
Highlight a framed piece of artwork on the wall behind the table in the dining room with halogen track lighting; a beautiful indoor plant in the entry area can be lit using concealed uplights or with a recessed fixture in the ceiling; transform a plain, long hallway by mounting a collection on its walls and apply spotlights or ceiling track lights to light it; illuminate the stairs; there are plenty of options, just use your creativity and experiment with light to personalize the space and add drama, depth, style, and elegance to the décor.
- Add accent lighting in the living room
Since the living room usually incorporates different decorative elements, accent lighting is used most often there to create a focal point or enhance the décor. For example, emphasize the tile covered fireplace by placing accent lighting strategically around this area. Pieces of art lit from above or below, sculptures- from behind or below to accentuate the silhouette, even a modest framed family photo looks great when adequately lit, try any of these options to brighten up your home and give it a new look. Use spotlights to highlight your collection; if it is displayed on shelves, consider attaching lights under the front edge of the shelf.
- Do not forget that accent lighting adds an extra dimension to a room, and its proper use can help make a room look larger.
So, be imaginative and use accent lighting to create visual points of interest and focus attention to architectural features or pieces of art, or set a mood, thus providing a sense of drama and enhancing the atmosphere in your home.