Have you seen today's Washington Post? The Home section is featuring the D.C. Design House, and our Pat Stanley tells us she assisted with the lighting design in 3 of the rooms. The one shown here is David Mitchell's, with a gorgeous Corbett chandelier right in the middle. He also gives "A Designer's Tips for Beautiful Lighting", so I just have to share those here! They say "When it comes to recessed lighting, designer David Mitchell says less is more. "People tend to put too many recessed lights in a room, and it gets overwhelming," he says, "...and there are so many great hanging fixtures out there." His room in the D.C. Design House is a good example. To help homeowners, the designer offers his formula for the most beautiful way to light a standard-size room:
- Install four recessed lights, one in each corner of the room, placing them 24" from the wall (not the molding) for an overall warm glow.
- Hang a fixture in the center for ambient lighting and to provide a focal point.
- Use a table or floor lamp for accent and task lighting.
- Watch your wattage. If your lamp has a single bulb, use a 60-watt. If your lamp has two bulbs, use two 40-watts.
- Have all lights on dimmers, even lamps."
Thanks, David ~ we couldn't agree more!
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