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Lighting Ideas for Bathroom Vanities

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Bathroom

When it comes to spending time at your bathroom vanity, make sure that you get the most out of the space with the right lighting. Good lighting can help you do more, while showing you your best side – not harsh glares and angles. Try these lighting tips on for size around your vanity to get the right glow for the space.

Hollywood Glamour

Gone are the days when you would find a strip of light bulbs just across the top of the mirror, but that doesn’t mean you should discount the idea entirely. Instead, look for a mirror that includes bulbs on all four sides. What this means for you is that instead of lighting you from the top down and casting shadows in unwelcome places, you get a soft glow on all angles of your face, so you can see yourself in the best light.

Flexible Lights

New bathroom lighting fixtures are available that come on flexible stems, sort of like a table lamp that gets adhered to your wall. Move, bend, and position the lights exactly where you need them to make the most of the space, and then stand them upright on either side of the mirror once you’re done.

Blue Glow

Do you want the most flattering light that also has a contemporary flair? Consider looking into lighting fixtures that cast a soft blue glow around the vanity. This cool-toned light softens your features in the mirror and is less harsh on the eyes.

Multi-Placed Lighting

If you don’t want to go for a four-sided lit mirror, be sure to incorporate lighting above the mirror with matching sconces on either side. This helps eliminate the top-cast shadows, but gives you more style options for the room.

Under-Mirror Lighting

If you have under-cabinet lighting in your kitchen, you know how helpful it can be for illuminating tasks. Under mirror lights work the same way, giving you light for doing your nails, picking out jewelry, and other focused tasks.

Make the Most of Your Lighting

It doesn’t matter what type of lighting you choose for your bathroom as long as it works for you. Try combining two or more of these styles together to get the best look for your room, and enjoy the bright lights.

Lighting for the Bedroom

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design Tips

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Our bedrooms should be our sanctuaries from the hustle and stress of our lives. Creating the feeling of an oasis or sanctuary in the bedroom depends a lot on lighting. Along with flooring and wall color, lighting can completely change the look and feel of a room, especially a bedroom.

Many homes have builders’ standard ceiling fixtures in the bedroom. These ceiling fixtures are most commonly semi-flush or flush mounted lights. While these are great for finding the lost sock under the bed or picking out an outfit, the overhead light can be harsh and flat.  Switching out a standard ceiling light for a chandelier instantly adds romance to the room.  Putting the light on a dimmer is even better. Dimmer switches are easy to install, but consult with your lighting expert or retailer before working with anything electrical.

In addition to overhead lighting, having light next to the bed is a must. Whether you read in bed or not, a bedside lamp can provide easy lighting in the middle of the night. Choose a lamp that suits your style and also works on your nightstand. You’ll want a lamp that is in scale with your nightstand and the height of your bed.  If you have very small nightstands, you can also choose a wall mounted swing arm lamp for reading or a pair of pendant lights hung to flank either side of the bed.  Just make sure you have a switch that is easy to reach from the bed.

Decorating the French Provincial Kitchen

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design Tips, Kitchen

5119306_SWhen it comes to decorative terms, “French Provincial” is more or less “French Country”. This style of interior decoration from the French Provinces came to the fore during the 17th and 18th centuries. Decorating the French provincial kitchen entails rough and whitewashed walls or smooth walls that are covered in beautiful wallpaper.

Using painted furniture isn’t uncommon, and straw woven seats can be a great addition to the kitchen table. One thing that makes this pattern of decoration unique and popular is the adoption of bright fabrics, which could range from tiny floral designs to wide paisley designs.

To achieve that traditional kitchen look while decorating the French provincial kitchen, the walls of the kitchen are painted in warm and milky white. What if white is not your favorite color? No need to fret, you can alternatively go for violet blue, muddied sea green, washed out ocher yellow, or even light gray.

Remember, think of a bright kitchen with a light feeling.  Using a chandelier for lighting above the island is a great idea and will add another depth of design to the kitchen.