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Task Lighting in the Living Room

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Tips

2012-09-24 14.08.06Lighting is one of the most important design elements in a room. Like color or flooring, lighting can change the look and feel of a room. In a living room, a variety of lighting should be used to create different lighting zones and layers of lighting for different activities.

Overhead lighting such as a pendant, chandelier or close to ceiling mounted fixture can bathe the room in a wash of light.  This is great for when you need bright light. Activities like family game night or a party might require overhead lighting.  Putting your ceiling light on a dimmer will make it more versatile. Having a soft overhead light combined with floor or table lamps gives the room a beautiful, well rounded light.

Table lamps and floor lamps can be used as task lighting, too.  Next to a chair or sofa, these lights can create a place to read or use the laptop.  When watching a movie, overhead light might be too bright. Using task light can give you enough light to see the popcorn and your drink without disrupting the ambiance.

If you don’t have a lot of floor space, a small task light is a good choice.  A swing arm lamp that can be adjusted makes for versatile light that can be directed over the chair, onto the floor or wall.  A lamp that clamps onto a table or even a swing arm wall sconce like the one pictured above can save even more valuable table space.

Decorating the Formal Dining Room

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Christmas

10292857_SFor most of us, the holidays are one of the few times in the year when we use our formal dining rooms for family meals. With the trend to dens, home offices and open floor plans, many newer homes do not have a formal dining room. Decorating a formal dining room or a dining area in a traditional style is a lovely way to create a special feeling for family gatherings and holiday meals.

This dining room has many lovely traditional design features that give it a formal feeling. You can capture the formal feeling even if your dining room opens onto your kitchen or entryway. Painting the walls or a focal wall is one way to give your dining room a formal or traditional feeling. Installing molding is an easy DIY project. Embellishing the area below the chair rail with molding or batten and board can bring traditional style to the wall.  Painting the area below the chair rail a lighter color than the wall above would be another very traditional element.

Traditional style dining chairs and table are a must for a formal dining room.  The style of these chairs is a classic choice. Other formal touches could be added in wall sconces or a chandelier above the table.  Curtains to frame the window give the window a finished look.  Even panels flanking the large window would work, too.  An area rug under the table is also traditional element that would add pattern and color to the room.