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Lighting 226 Stories

Before you update furniture, replace floors or remodel a living space, consider whether your lighting works. Lighting is a telltale sign of design quality and one of the most affordable ways to update your home without busting your budget. It sets a mood and helps define a style. Without it, important architectural details,...
See Your Home in a Whole New Light
Lighting is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to transform the look of a room. Proper lighting can highlight a room’s assets and help disguise its shortcomings, increase function and set a mood. Good lighting and bright lighting...
Get Your Home's Recessed Lighting Right
Lighting design is both an art and a science. Our homes thrive when we choose the right mix of lighting, and recessed lighting is a big part of that success. Well-placed recessed lighting (also known as can lights or downlights) can highlight a...
8 Ways to Get Ambient Lighting Just Right
It's common knowledge that we need general, ambient lighting in our homes, but there are things to consider before you get out the ladder. To avoid surprises, it's helpful to understand how your new lighting will look. If you recently swapped out your...
The Lowdown on High-Efficiency LED Lighting
When LEDs (light-emitting diodes) came on the market, people were slow to use them at home, because the lights tended to give off a bluish-white hue. Today that has all changed. Advancements in technology mean that LEDs can produce that warm, yellow...
So You Bought a Cave: 7 Ways to Open Your Home to Light
When I was a girl I was a tree hugger, and that's no metaphor. My childhood home was in a clearing surrounded by beautiful woods, which I loved. Had you told young me, face pressed against the trunk of my favorite maple, I would one...
How to Light Your Bathroom Right
The bathroom is one of the only rooms in a multibodied household where we’re expected and encouraged to lock ourselves inside. With that kind of permission, it makes sense to use this private space as a luxurious sanctuary. Make the most of your...
How to Choose a Lampshade
So you've picked out a beautiful new table lamp for your home. But how much thought did you give to the shade? The right lampshade can transform a humdrum base into something exquisite, while the wrong shade can make even the most stunning lamp look...
Want Gorgeous Interior Colors? Look to the Light
If you're reading this ideabook, you've probably already looked at hundreds, if not thousands, of photos of beautiful homes. Perhaps you loved the colors in a room and wrote to ask the designer or contractor to ask what those colors are. It's...
Universal Bath Design: Light Your Bathroom for All Ages and Abilities
Bathroom remodels have been taking off in the past few years — today the bathroom's design is just as important as the kitchen's, making bathrooms with a universal appeal in design and aesthetics more in demand than ever. And that includes lighting....
Smart Kitchen Investment: Lighting for Function and Good Looks, Too
Lighting tends to be one of the most overlooked and underappreciated aspects of a kitchen during the design process. There is an art to lighting a kitchen, though lighting usually goes unnoticed unless it’s planned poorly. And that isn't discovered...
Design Safer Stairs and Halls With Universal Lighting Strategies
On any remodel or new build, special consideration should be given to lighting hallways and stairs. Navigating stairs can be a challenge for people of all ages, for different reasons. Poor or diminishing eyesight afflicts some of us later in life, for...
Welcome the Winter With Mood-Enhancing Lights
It’s true the nights are getting darker earlier, but before you book your ticket to somewhere sunnier, explore other ways to brighten up your days. The right illumination can transform a room and also act as a stylish focal point. So invest in an attention-grabbing...
Get Turned On to a Lighting Plan
A well-lit room looks, works and feels better; it’s as simple as that. Whether you are starting from scratch with a new home or are looking to tailor your current space to better fit your needs, a lighting plan should be on your radar. Here’s the...
Change Up Your Bedroom’s Look With Pendant Lamps
Hanging pendants beside the bed instead of using table lamps is a great way to save precious bedside space — and the lights just might become your favorite part of the room. Here are eight ideas for hanging bedside lamps in a range of styles, from edgy...
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