There are two design items I always seem to be drawn towards ... chairs and light fixtures. I LOVE jaw-dropping light fixtures and gorgeous, body-cradling, designer seating, but for this article, I want to focus on the beautiful simplicity of accent lighting. Specifically, cove and string lighting for their ability to transform rooms. I often see their magical superpowers overlooked and that's a mistake...
Cove lighting is a form of indirect lighting built into ledges, recesses, or valences in a ceiling or high on the walls of a room. It directs light up towards the ceiling and down adjacent walls. It may be used as primary lighting, or for aesthetic accent, especially to highlight decorative ceilings. - Wikipedia
Cove lighting adds such beautiful depth and dimension to a space and helps to create a specific mood!
Adding lighting behind your bed creates a beautiful focal point and creates the perfect amount of light to relax and ease into your bedtime routine. I have similar lighting behind my bed and I personally love the overall mood and look it creates.
Create a stunning feature in your bathroom. The lighting in this space highlights the details in the tile without competing with it. These pieces work together in perfect harmony creating a beautiful focal point. (Don’t mind me I’ll just be staring at this for a bit!)
Use cove lighting to highlight architectural features in your space.
Fairy and String Lights
I like to think of string lights as the chic, streamlined version of year-round Christmas lights. There's a reason teen and college girls go gaga for these festive, illuminating lights in their rooms. It creates amazing, ambient lighting, perfect for kicking back and relaxing.
Fast forward past those college years and now you are ready to begin incorporating this idea in a more grown up and classy way.
Have I opened your eyes to all the wonders and magic of this lighting voodoo? Yes!? Good — mission accomplished!
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