Thursday, October 24, 2013

Guest post- Home Accent Lighting Design Ideas!

This article is provided by Lacey Chic.

There are many different home accent lighting design ideas both for inside and outside of your home. When decorating the interior of your home, you will need to know what accent lighting is and the different types of accent lights. When designing the exterior of your home, you will need to know some different types of outdoor accent lights and the best places to install them. 

Indoor Accent Lighting

Accent lighting is a light directed to highlight things in a room such as art or decorative objects. A good accent light will be subtle, so people will notice what you are illuminating and not so much the way that it is lit. Ambient lighting is the basic lighting in a room. Never just rely on a bunch of table lamps for this. They would not provide the most ideal illumination. Other lights you should not rely on for ambiance are floor lamps and ceiling pendants.

Types of Indoor Accent Lights

Track LightingA monorail style light system in a hallway to create an instant art gallery effect for your wall pictures.

LED Accent Lighting –LED accent lights are more energy efficient and come in a variety of styles. They are a great idea for kitchens, stairwells and behind your TV. LED lights turn an ordinary room or area of your home into a tasteful and elegant styled area. If you use your accent lighting effectively, you will without a doubt add comfort and character to your home. Some ideas include simple plug-in puck lights under the kitchen cabinets, track lighting in a hallway or mini accent lights above wall art or family photos. LED lighting can be used in any room as well and under furniture or along the bottom of cabinets to add subtle character and intrigue to any room.

Outdoor Accent Lighting

There are many different types of outdoor accent lighting ideas you can utilize to add flavor, coziness, and uniqueness to your home’s appearance. There are landscape lights, post and pier lights, outdoor wall lights, outdoor ceiling lights, patio lights, LED strip lights, and many more.

Type of Outdoor Accent Lights

Landscape LightsLandscape lights light up your yard or selective areas of trees, bushes, foliage, etc. They can also light up water or ponds if you have bodies of water. 

 Outdoor Wall Lights Wall lights provide beautiful illumination to areas of your home’s exterior walls and can also provide security at night as well.

Outdoor LED LightingLED lighting can also add beautiful subtle highlights to your home. They can be used anywhere you would want accent such as: around the base of your house, alongside the roof trim, alongside a walking path, and on patio railings. Mini recessed LED pathway lights are great when used to light up outdoor walkways or areas of your driveway.

When these indoor and outdoor accent lighting designs are used together, it will surely add comfort, uniqueness, safety and security to your home.

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