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How To Created A Layered Lighting Look

by Todd & Lisa McLain 02/13/2020

One decorating principle that’s a huge help for any homeowner is that of layered lighting. This is the different aspects of lighting that you’ll use in different rooms of your home to complete your lighting needs. The layers of light create a basis for the design of the room. These three main aspects of lighting also have a practical purpose which is nice as well. Below, you’ll learn more about the three main components of lighting for any room of the house and how to best use them. 


Ambient Lighting


Ambient lighting is often the base of where people start with their lighting design in a room. This type of lighting allows you to get the overall feel for a space. The brightness level should be good enough for anyone to walk through the room without walking into things. The illumination may not be bright enough for activities that require a lot of focus like reading or chopping vegetables.


Accent Lighting 


If you think of a retail store and how the shiniest things have the brightest lights focused on them, you’ll discover that you can use this type of lighting right in your home. Think of a chandelier hanging over a massive dining table. Accent lighting is usually for decorative purposes. The lumens that are given off are typically not enough for any other purpose than to attract attention to the item the light is shining on. This type of lighting is best used for things like display cabinets, statues, and china closets. The bottom line is that the accent light will add some drama without actually adding much practical use. 


Task Lighting


This type of lighting is important because it’s what ensures that you won’t chop your hand off while you’re chopping up vegetables in the kitchen. Task lighting varies widely from room to room and can be anything from a desk lamp to a reading lamp to lights on the vanity for shaving and putting on makeup. Task lighting is all about being functional. When you’re trying to decide where to put your task lights think of everything from safety to convenience. The last thing you should worry about with task lighting is the look. While these lights are great under cabinets, for example, so the more creative you get with where to place your task lighting the better the look will be.  


Using this simple yet useful design principle can help you to light your entire home correctly. The right lighting can truly transform a space and give it the depth that it needs.            


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Todd & Lisa McLain

Todd McLain is proud to be the leader of The McLain Group at RE/MAX Properties, Inc. He is a third generation Colorado native and truly loves the lifestyle this beautiful part of the country offers. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Colorado. Before joining the real estate profession 18 years ago, he was a teacher in Cherry Creek Schools and Academy School District and was nominated twice for Disney’s American Teacher Award. Lisa, originally from Minnesota, has called Colorado home for 30 years. It was her training to become a Registered Dietitian that brought them to the Pikes Peak Region nearly 27 years ago and they are convinced there isn’t a better place to raise a family. At any given time, they may be found hiking, biking or snowmobiling, enjoying friends, family and church events or visiting their sons, now busy college students in Washington and Texas. 

Todd and Lisa are experienced professionals committed to providing their clients with superior real estate service throughout the home buying and selling processes. They provide current and accurate information, expert analyses and intelligent problem solving to empower their clients to achieve their real estate goals. They invest in understanding clients’ goals and in building long term relationships by providing value to the client and demonstrating respect for their clients’ interests and objectives. Todd and Lisa measure success by repeat business and the referrals to family and friends received from past clients.