Day 9 with Alexa Hampton
Lighting is one of the places where I like to begin when given a new project; it is not only important to light your space correctly, but lighting is also an excellent indicator or a client's style. Like Alexa, one of my main rules of thumb is to place all lighting on dimmers; having total control of your light allows you to set a different mood for all occasions. Think of all of the different moods you can create- a dinner party, reading in cozy chair, paying bills, working on the computer, watching TV, etc.- all are better experienced with proper lighting.
Also, a variety of lighting helps to visually create interest as well as create different moods; overhead lighting mixed with floor and table lamps are a necessity for great design. Great lighting can be quite pricey, but one of the best things about lighting is that you can take it with you should you happen to move.
I also believe that your lighting doesn't all need to perfectly match. Like the objects you choose for your space, the design should look layered over time. Choosing light fixtures that look great together but aren't necessarily from the same collection add a little special touch to each individual space while also connecting the overall style.
For more style guidance, check out Alexa Hampton's recent book “The Language of Interior Design.” I strongly recommend this book if you need a gift idea for anyone on your list or if you’d like to treat yourself to an amazing read and some beautiful photos.
Click here to purchase her book on Amazon.com
Wed, January 12, 2011
by Cindy Aplanalp filed under