Skillful application of lighting and selection of lighting fixtures can, more than any other element in the architectural environment, affect the experience of the viewer.
Lighting fixtures themselves can be used to dramatize elements of interior design – line, form, color, pattern, and texture. Higher levels of lighting produce cheerful effects and stimulate people to alertness and activity, whereas lower levels of light tend to create an atmosphere of relaxation, intimacy, and restfulness.
There is practically an endless number of lighting-fixture styles designed to match any decor and catch everyone’s imagination. The past few years have proved to be a lighting designer’s dream, as fixtures become more decorative and lighting schemes more varied and eclectic.
From nostalgic reproductions to architecture-inspired designs and contemporary styles, fixtures suit any look, and take the form of sconces, lamps, chandeliers, lanterns, built-in lighting, track lighting, ceiling lighting fixtures, and novelty types like rope lighting and LED lights – and they can in any finish imaginable.
The wide selection of finishes offers lots of excitement, too. Look for everything from enamel to brass, chrome, pewter, nickel, and copper, which can be brushed, matted, or antiqued. There are also vintage designs in wrought iron and verdigris. For added interest, select fixtures with a combination of finishes, such as verdigris with antiqued brass or copper paired with wrought iron. Whatever you choose, stick to a style that is compatible with other decorative elements in the room
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