With open plan living becoming increasingly popular from the family home to the city pad， living spaces now have to work extremely hard to cope with the multitude of demands placed upon them. At any one time a room must now be ready to become an office， an area for entertaining guests， a play area or simply a place to relax. Short of redecorating once a fortnight， the most visually impacting and cost effective way of creating adaptable space in your home is strategic use of lighting.
A centrally placed pendant which gives only the option of solar flare bright or pitch black nightaccent pillow case baby canvas housewarming gift， no longer meets the needs of the modern homeowner. A far more sensible option is to install spot lights over the main areas of a room or where specific tasks are undertaken (e.g. kitchen work surfaces， breakfast bar， settees， paintings or doorways). The spotlights should be fitted with the ability to be switched on or off independently and a dimmer switch should be used in place of traditional one. Not only will spotlights lead the eye around the room， directing attention to the areas you want to be seen (and away from areas you might not!) but they will help define separate areas therefore making your room appear larger. The dimmer switches will allow complete control over the mood of your home meaning the same light can provide a reading light， an ambient mood or a romantic setting.
Although highly adaptable， ceiling spotlights alone cannot make an area truly multifunctional. Mid and low level lighting such table lamps， floor standing lamps and- for the more adventurous- floor-set up-lighting， all add another dimension to the atmosphere of a room and can instantly transform a space. Table and floor lamps are much less formal and intrusive than conventional ceiling lighting and help create intimacy by effectively lowering the height of a room. Floor-set up-lighting (basically spotlights upside down) creates much more of a bar vibe and transforms a room by lighting it from an unusual position. Again the effect is much less overpowering than ceiling lighting and when placed along the perimeter of a room， they allow you to navigate your way around without spoiling nights in with a movie!
Remember， it is not solely during evening hours that the lighting you choose will have an effect on the look of your home. Even when switched off， a well chosen floor lamp can add style and interest to an otherwise minimal space. For example， an original or modern remake of a design classic such as the Arco lamp by iconic 1960’s designer Verner Panton， immediately creates an air of retro cool and provides a striking focal point for a room. Alternatively， a chandelier (for those lucky enough to have high ceilings) placed over a dining area adds decadence to any dinner party and adds to the sense of occasion whilst lowering the light and helping avoid that cavernous feel.
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Aren’t pinwheels so much fun? ?I couldn’t stop making these because they were so cute and I wanted to keep playing with them. ?This tutorial will show you how to make the patterned pinwheels you see on our tablescape. ?We used them as a table number and also as place cards but they can be used to line your aisle, as guest favors, or just to add an element of playfulness to any wedding or party!
This year’s 2016 Southern Living Idea House is a celebration of the magazine’s 50th anniversary. Set in Southern Living’s hometown of Birmingham, AL, and built from the ground up by a team of designers with roots in the south, this year’s house celebrates traditional southern design with modern detail.
I recently asked my 3 year old what color she would like us to paint her room. Her response, “Colorful.” On the one hand, trying to explain that “colorful” was not an actual color was an exercise in futility; but on the other hand, we were fortunate she did not respond with a request for hot pink or neon yellow.? Ultimately, we painted her room in the latest Benjamin Moore beige and decorated with colorful drapes, pictures, and other accessories.