Layered Lighting

Typically, people have one light source in a room. Whether it be a ceiling light, or a lamp of some sort. Having only one light source can become an issue because it leaves a room looking one dimensional, or flat. Certain parts of a room should be highlighted more than others to create interest and depth. Desiree Nasto communicates great advice on how to do so.

Desiree graduated from Fox Valley Technical School with an Associate’s degree in Interior Design. She has a career path that is devoted to making fashion meet function, and always works in her clients’ best interest. Her main goal is to design rooms so that they are appealing to the eye, but also suitable to her clients’ lifestyles.

Figuring out what types of lighting should go where is a difficult task. Nasto delicately touched on the subject of where to highlight within a room. She explained that focal points should be highlighted so that they stand out more than other pieces. The goal of a focal point is to be more radiant than other pieces, and it should be the first object noticed when you walk into a room. This goal is still achievable without highlights, but it will blend in with the rest of the room to a certain degree.

To juxtapose the highlights, the other sources of lighting should be ambient and low. Ambient lighting is very general and easy to obtain. These lower level lights will help the highlights stand out more, which in turn leads to the focal point being highly noticeable.

Overall, there should be around 2-3 different sources of light inside a single room. These multiple types of lighting create levels and dimensions that will be appealing to the eye. Although it might appear overwhelming, it can actually give a room a more balanced look. Lighting is underrated and should be taken into more consideration when a room is being designed, because it has many beneficial qualities.