Wednesday, December 4th, 2013
by Littman Bros Lighting
Wall sconces have a huge impact on a space regardless of their size – they can be extremely long which will accentuate the height of a room; tall, which are typically used in spaces with higher ceilings or lots of natural light and highlight the openness of a space; and shorter sconces are great for spaces with lower ceilings or in areas over a counter or piece of furniture. The shorter sconces can be used in places like the bathrooms, over a credenza or over a night stand.
Wall sconces are typically used for accent lighting, whether they are washing a wall or highlighting an object. They can also be used for task lighting when placed over a night stand or behind a couch. Both their style and the type of light they emit make a big difference with the ambiance of a space and overall appearance.
A tall, simple rod iron sconce with a modern shade creates a rustic but modern feel like the Troy Lighting Pompeii wall sconce; this sconce, like many collections has a design for either type of space, whether it requires a tall lengthy piece or a shorter, smaller accent. Simple, more modern sconces can create an artistic accent like Sonneman’s Pannelo collection or the Mackintosh wall sconces from Hubbardton Forge.
The light emitted from a sconce can be more of a wall washing accent in various directions or can create a varying, soft ambient light for a section of the room. No matter the size, style or type of light your sconce produces there is no denying that they create a considerable impact on the feel and atmosphere of a space.
Wednesday, October 9th, 2013
by Littman Bros Lighting
Rooms with fireplaces are often inadequately lit – these spaces are generally designed for relaxing and entertaining but the lighting may only consist of a few lamps. If you’re lucky your builder might have thrown in a few recessed lights near the fireplace for general lighting, that is definitely needed but recessed cans are perfect for lighting the overall space and lack the layers of lighting needed to create depth and highlight the room’s features. When done properly lighting will add depth and ambiance while tying together all aspects of decor.
Fireplaces are sought after architectural details and should be highlighted in your space – start with placing two recessed lights two feet away to cross-illuminate the fireplace; keeping them close to the fireplace will ensure a person cannot step between the light source and fireplace, creating shadows and blinding an unsuspecting guest. Make sure to get an adjustable trim, either a gimbal or eyeball trim. The two lights should be positioned to wash the area above the mantel. To add some more depth, frame the fireplace with sconces on either side, which will create drama and focus attention on the centerpiece. No room for wall sconces? Or seeking a cleaner look? Accent lighting can be applied above crown molding; this will create a warm inviting glow that will balance the room.
Indirect lighting will help soften the shadows produced by the recessed lights. The exact application of this indirect lighting will depend on your space. A higher ceiling would benefit from one or two pendants or chandeliers centered on the fireplace and a smaller room with a lower ceiling might benefit from just a few lamps. Either application of indirect lighting will soften shadows and add human scale to the space. An accented fireplace will remain the focal point for the room while the layers of light create an inviting space with warmth and interest.