The 4 Best Places for Backlight Accents in Your Home

Sep 01, 14 The 4 Best Places for Backlight Accents in Your Home

The simplest way to show depth is by placing one object behind another object to show space between them.  When you place light behind an object, you gain depth and a combination of beautiful shadows with a warm glow that highlights the object for stunning displays or haunting beauty.  However, not every design uses – nor should use – the same lighting techniques and principles as every other.  So let’s take a look at 4 places to use backlighting that aren’t Instagram pictures.

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How to Update your Lighting on a Budget

Aug 29, 14 How to Update your Lighting on a Budget

It would be ideal if everyone could update their homes with high-end fixtures and LEDs, but what about options for those on a budget? Thanks to the popularity of Pinterest and resale stores, it’s easier than ever to find creative and inexpensive solutions for a plethora of design dilemmas, including changing your lighting. However, navigating through a sea of images and products without knowing what to look for can be stressful. These simple tips will help you touch up your household lighting without draining your bank account.

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Lighting Tips for Good Feng Shui

Aug 15, 14 Lighting Tips for Good Feng Shui

Many people think of Feng Shui as an ancient Chinese furniture rearrangement plan, but there’s much more to it than that. According to Feng Shui consultant Ann Bingley Fallops, Feng Shui is the art of how you are affected by your environment. Good Feng Shui makes you feel nourished, comfortable and secure in your space, allowing you to live a happier and more stress-free life. The benefits of Feng Shui include creating positive energy for your health and finances, attracting romance and healing troubled relationships, helping you get promoted and find a job you love, and (if you’re a woman) becoming pregnant and nurturing your child. So how does this ancient art relate to lighting?

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5 Non-Traditional Places to use Chandeliers

Aug 08, 14 5 Non-Traditional Places to use Chandeliers

Chandeliers have come a long way from their traditional dwellings in dining rooms and foyers. In the past, it was unusual to see chandeliers beyond the “power” positions of a home, such as at the entrance or over the dinner table. It also used to be uncommon to see chandeliers outside of an upscale home. But times have changed. Now, chandeliers are staking their claim in homes of all price ranges and in many types of rooms, adding elegance to common areas and intrigue to unexpected spaces. Although chandeliers are comfortable in many locations, here are five increasingly more popular places to use them.

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The Best Light for Reading

Aug 01, 14 The Best Light for Reading

I’m sure we’ve all heard growing up that reading in poor light would ruin our eyes. Later on when many of us got glasses, we even felt guilty about the time we spent under the covers reading bedtime stories by flashlight. But was poor reading light really the cause of our vision loss?

Despite all the eye strain and headaches we may have endured, the answer is no. Contrary to popular belief, reading in low light does not ruin eyesight. Most eyes worsen simply as an effect of aging. However, while doctors agree that there is no evidence of poor reading light being detrimental to vision, good reading light can reduce uncomfortable short-term effects as well as make reading more enjoyable. The guidelines below will help you choose the best reading light for your eyes.

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Dining Room Lighting Tips

Jul 16, 14 Dining Room Lighting Tips

Whether the occasion is a holiday dinner or weekend get-together, the dining room is a place where family and friends can congregate and enjoy the company of one another. Because it’s such an important gathering place in the home, a dining room should have lighting that creates a comfortable atmosphere, and the light fixtures themselves should be stylish yet functional to compliment the space. To help you achieve lighting that covers all of these bases, we’ve outlined a few things to consider when choosing the best lighting for your dining room.

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