This is a completely updated post on accent lighting and why it’s important. You need accent lighting to finish your room so that you have a warm, balanced, and welcoming glow. Also, I want to explain a little about lumens versus watts…I know it can be confusing! And I have some gorgeous table lamps rounded up for you to update your living rooms or bedrooms.
Accent Lighting To Finish Your Room
Oftentimes clients with only overhead lighting in their rooms (like with recessed lights or a ceiling light) tell me that it’s enough lighting for reading or conversation. But that can feel cold like an operating room…even with dimmers.
It’s good to add at least two to three accent/task lamps.
Especially with the darker days that we are having now. Lots of times we see rooms in magazines during the day and they are without accent lamps…but I bet they wouldn’t be as inviting at night.
There was a really bad/cheap ceiling light in our 1920’s rental apartment, which I removed in favor of three accent light sources. There is a small lamp above as you enter the room. In one corner we have this more modern glass cylinder lamp.
And a floor lamp illuminates this corner and the chairs.
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In addition to recessed lights, it’s nice to highlight/define areas with overhead lights as we did in this client’s large kitchen. Hudson Valley Pendants
Wall Sconces For Task Lighting
Wall sconces look great in bathrooms…like this from Rejuvenation that can be placed vertically or horizontally.
And can lighten a countertop as Juliet from Make Mine A Spitzer did here in her kitchen.
Light Bulb Facts: What Lumens Mean
If you’re used to thinking in wattage, you’re not alone. We are using lumens now. Here are some guidelines from Lumens.com to help you. I find this technical stuff a little tedious but it’s important!
“What is a Lumen? What’s the Difference Between it and a Watt? Lighting—it’s all about lumens. But what are lumens, exactly? Lumens is now THE way to find out how bright a lighted bulb or integrated LED lighting fixture is. And if you want a fixture with a bright, luminous personality, it’s the key to choosing the perfect piece for your lighting scheme.