The family area may be somewhere fun, sophisticated or old-fashioned style. Focus on what you want to use the area for, what time of day you are most likely to use it, if there will be lots of people or just a few. This is all important before you buy furniture or make any drastic changes. If it is a large area, you may be considering outdoor flood lighting. It is a very effective way to light a big space. Usually this area will need to be durable and easy to use it may be the area that gets used the most.
Bathrooms should either be a place that can invigorate you in the morning and help relax you at night. While natural sunlight is best for the morning, lighting can allow you to set a calming mood in the evening. Avoid ceiling lights if possible and instead aim for floor or side lighting that is a warming colour. By having your lighting come from the floor you give the room a grounded feeling and avoiding shining a strong light in your eyes or on your body. If possible, choosing lights that can be set to change colour slowly can also have a very soothing effect that works nicely while you soak for an hour in the bath.
Sconces are wall fixtures that are based upon lighting fixtures that held candles or torches during the days of castles and palaces. Today, sconces come in both traditional and contemporary designs. There are designs which require lampshades; others cast light in all direction, still others cast light either up or down. Usually placed in pairs, sconces flank doors, windows, paintings and even the breast of a fireplace. These can also be placed over a pair of chairs. When doing so, each sconce should be centered directly over the chair. A tall narrow piece of furniture, such as a high boy, a tall secretary desk, or a grand father clock, may be flanked with a pair of sconces. A sconce is usually placed 5'6" from the floor, although it may vary depending on the specific requirement of the job. Low level lighting is usually recommended for this type of wall fixture.
Getting back to the styles of wall lighting available to you, you have American, Art Deco, Arts & Crafts/Mission, Asian, Casual, Classic, Classical, Contemporary, Country, Crystal, Eclectic, European, Industrial, Iron & Rustic, Modern, Neoclassical, Oriental, Period/Decor Specific, Retro, Safari, Tiffany, Traditional, Transitional and Tropical, just to name quite a few of these wall lighting works of art.
Let me first start out with each and every room you are about to grace with wall lighting. The room and what you have in the room will determine what style of wall lighting will most likely add an artful touch to the room. As I go on, you will get a good idea of what will and what will not fit into the décor of the room.
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