Lighting Ideas Without Wiring
Windows and Light
Windows can pose a decorating problem. By day we want them unobstructed so as to get as much light as possible into a room. But by night all those black panes aren’t very attractive. “Light is an important decorating element,” says New York decorator Michael Foster. “I like to use as much natural light as possible in my work.” When planning the lighting in a room, it’s good to understand the different possibilities and how to achieve them, naturally or artificially. The location of a window should be considered when deciding what sort of curtain, shade, or other treatment might look best.
Different Types of Light
The quality of light in an interior can vary greatly depending on the source and how it is treated. Most synthetic light is incandescent, which is primarily warm, and it makes objects look yellow. Fluorescent light is usually cool light, making color appear more blue or violet. Artifical lighting that comes close to imitating natural sunlight is now available.
Natural sunlight is often referred to as balanced, full-spectrum light. What this means is that it contains all the “spectral colors,” or colors of the rainbow, which merge into clear, colorless light. Full-spectrum light is balanced, and the colors of furnishings will look their truest under it. Even natural light, however, tends to become unbalanced when one part of the spectrum that tends toward cool, or warm-colored light, predominates. This can happen with atmospheric conditions or when light enters from only one direction, as in most natural light sources in most homes.
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