Spotlight on accent and task lamps
We mentioned in our Desk Focus last week we would look at complimentary task lighting, yet once we started looking at our lamps we felt we needed to elaborate on their intrinsically valuable role and put them into the limelight, so to speak.
Accent lighting plays a vital role in every room scheme and are a brilliant, multifunctional design tool. Too often lamps are overlooked and are the missing piece in a room that is lacking substance. Whether you need to highlight or delineate an area, add depth and drama, make a feel cosy or in reverse, add a sense of space… the list goes on – your secret design weapon is a lot of lights and lamps.
Every room needs layers of all 3 types of lighting: 1) Overhead lights, which are recessed, pendant or chandeliers. The key is to have a combination, ideally at different heights and all on dimmers. Avoid having only recessed lights at all costs. 2) Task lights are your functional lights like desk lamps or mirror lights in the bathroom. They are practical but will make your enhance your 'living' in your home so much that you'll wonder how you lived without them. 3) Accent lights are decorative lamps that you must put on the floor, walls and any flat surface. Then stand back and watch the room come to life, glowing with character and depth.
A beautifully lit room is completely transformative and you can use it to control the mood of the room through the day. Think of accent and task lighting as a feature in it’s own right - the ‘jewelry’ and statement piece within their space, like an Arco lamp or a chien lampe.
The interior design rule is to have at least 8 light sources per room and keep these low wattage for a light-enhancing but not bright atmosphere. So layer your accent lighting for a more interesting and gorgeous home and particularly because we need the light at this time of year when we’re still waiting for the sun to come back!
The Lampe Chien and Chat are quirky, colourful lamps that add character and create fun silhouettes.