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Lighting styles
Rees, Siân, 1960-
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Publication Information:
London : Hamlyn, [1999]

Physical Description:
127 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
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NK2115.5.L5 R44 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Because well-designed lighting sets up a warm and welcoming atmosphere, intensifying colors, shapes, and forms, it's fundamental to any interior design scheme. From delicately glowing 1920's-style lamps to ultramodern, high-tech tracking, this inspiring visual catalogue will enlighten you on many ways to make your home shine. An introduction to the four major lighting types--ambient, accent, task, and decorative--is the starting point for developing an effective style for every room, as well as for the garden. Make use of halogen uplighters and downlighters to illuminate a large space and to focus attention on a painting. A witty, contemporary take on a dining room chandelier features multiple low-voltage capsules. Scented candles add perfume and romance to a bedroom. And the mixture of several light sources with foliage can make an outdoor passageway absolutely magical. The practical information is invaluable in helping you select from the diverse array of available lighting...and the stunning photographs are inspirational! 128 pages (all in color), 8 1/4 x 11.

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Booklist Review

This British interior design writer begs to differ with those who dismiss lamps and lighting as matter-of-fact necessities. And her proof of the differences that illumination can make is well demonstrated in color photographs of rooms and in text underscoring the new lighting. What's novel? There's a focus away from light for seeing, toward decoration and mood setting, starting first with ambient and natural lighting, then specifying the right illumination for bedrooms, bathrooms, dining rooms, kitchens, and the like. Kitchens, for instance, require a high degree of fixed lighting, with the emphasis on low-voltage halogen rather than traditional tungsten. There are also new forms of enlivening spaces, from lighted glass staircases to underfloor lighting in bathrooms. A good balance between technical information and do-your-own-thing aesthetics. --Barbara Jacobs