Tips for Using Accent Lighting Properly in Your Home

Tips for Using Accent Lighting Properly in Your Home
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    Your guests may not consciously notice it, but accent lighting is one feature of your home lighting plan that will successfully draw their attention.

    In fact, when you use it correctly throughout your home, you can highlight the areas you're most proud of with very little effort.

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This layer of lighting adds depth to a room, gives it unique personality, and even increases the level of class associated with your design. However, it’s important to note that you can only achieve these effects by using it a way that’s suitable for your home.

Try these tips for using accent lighting properly to get the best possible effect from each of your lighting fixtures.

Don’t Over Saturate the Light

One of the most crucial steps to installing effective accent lighting is to remember that less is more. Since your room is already illuminated with ambient and task lighting, the addition of accent fixtures can easily cause you to over saturate the room with light.

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This can bleach the colors in the room and have the opposite effect of what you intended. To avoid this, only add four or five new accent lights in an average-size room.

Implement Light Sources Creatively

It’s also important to remember you don’t need to install your accent lighting fixtures in plain sight. In fact, accent lighting that’s slightly obscured or that hits objects at varying angels is actually more effective at establishing atmosphere.

Backlighting and up-lighting are two strategies you might want to use for this purpose. By shining light on your décor from above or behind, it creates a halo effect that evokes a cozy feeling and directs all eyes to the highlighted piece.

Remember to Install Dimmers

Another important tip for using accent lighting properly in your home is to maximize your level of control over its brightness. Keeping your accent lights at one saturation is great for establishing one type of design, but having more ways to experiment is always a good thing.

The more ability you have to customize the illumination of your lights, the easier it is for you to create multiple atmospheric conditions for different situations.

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Implement Smaller Fixtures

Make sure you consider the size of your accent lighting fixtures before you install them. Larger fixtures are perfect for illuminating larger focal points in a room, but smaller pieces of artwork or décor don’t need this much light to stand out.

This is why, in the interest of avoiding over saturation, you should think about incorporating smaller fixtures alongside larger ones to fill in dark spots appropriately.

Pick the Right Type of Light Bulbs

The type of light bulbs you choose can have just as big of an effect as well. Depending on what you’re displaying and how you want people to perceive it, you’ll need to have different intensities of light to get the desired effect.

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Fluorescent bulbs, for instance, are incredibly bright and energy-efficient, but they provide light with a cooler shade. Incandescent bulbs, on the other hand, don’t last as long, but they’re good at creating a cozy, warm glow around items.

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