Designer Beth Martin sought to evoke thoughts about light and space in the powder room at the 2016 San Francisco Decorator Showcase. The mirror on the back wall bounces light throughout the intimate space while reflecting the "watchful eye" painted on the ceiling.
As seen on Vacation House For Free, the previous door was knocked down and the wall was opened up to allow light to flow into the rest of the house. The wall was evened out, which allowed for the vaulted ceiling in the dining space.
Nicola and Michael are looking for a space where they can entertain friends and relax with their family. Jillian designed a space that is light, flowing and functional. The windows all around the room allow plenty of light into the space, while the canned lighting in the ceiling helps to add light. The neutral wall color helps to reflect the light, while the grey sofa and its pillows adds color to the space and softens it. The natural beam that crosses the room, the chandelier in the dining room and other wood accents add a rustic flare to the room.
As natural light floods in to this home's master bathroom, the neutral color palette reflects the light making the space feel brighter and larger. Chip and Joanna added unique details, like the raised cabinets and extendable lamps makes the bathroom more functional, while the glass front shower makes the space feel more open.
Track lighting helps to divide two separate living areas in a Tribeca apartment. Two rows of lights illuminate a contemporary living room anchored by a large area rug, while a single row pinpoints the dining table.
Lighting can make a huge difference to the look of an outside space. Bistro lights in the oak tree, illuminated containers and landscape lights help create a romantic and fun atmosphere. The pergola was designed to have decorative privacy screens in between the posts and is lit with decorative sconces.
White walls and natural lighting create a beautifully bright atmosphere in this spacious dining room. Large woven, hooded chairs cap each end of the table bringing gorgeous shape to the design. A multicolored rug adds touches of bold color that liven up the room. A spiked light fixture puts the finishing touch on the contemporary space.
At night, bistro lights and a working fireplace cast an enchanting glow across this chic dining space. With a table set for six, the owners and their guests can enjoy dinner al fresco and then head to the fire pit for drinks.
"A solid lighting plan is crucial to achieving soft, soothing ambiance," say Flanigan. "Pull together an interesting combination of chandeliers, sconces and table lamps with adjustable settings that allow you to vary light intensity based on need. This means you'll have ample light when it's time to read but can quickly take things down a notch when it's time to snuggle up to those Egyptian cotton sheets."
In the foyer, designers expertly blend light and dark patterns to create a space that really catches the eye. The neutral pattern of the wall helps to keep the space feeling light, while the dark patterned carpet adds contrast while helping to hide dirt that might get tracked into the space. Finally, gold details finish off the design and add that extra bit of pizzaz the homeowner was looking for.
This beautiful white kitchen features wow-worthy mosaic tile backsplash walls, white cabinets, gray counter tops and high-end stainless steel appliances. Three black industrial style pendant lights give height and depth to the small space kitchen.
Lighting is crucial to the design because the grounds are used just as much — if not more — at nighttime as during the day. LED lights illuminate a series of drums where buffets are laid out on the main terrace, while a series of light-display panels in the wall behind them contain video screens that can mimic fish swimming in the ocean, or other scenes to enliven the background for big gatherings. Steps and pathways glow in the dark, along with intimate living and dining areas. In this respect, designing these spaces with furnishings and light placement required an approach similar to a home’s interior.
By taking down the wall that separated the Pasquellas' kitchen from the rest of the house, John and Anthony have been able to give the family the illusion of more space. Then, the Kitchen Cousins added an accent wall directly opposite the kitchen to add some dimension to the space. The abundance of windows helps to let light into the space and contributes to the open feel of the kitchen and dining room.
Vaulted exposed wood beams are paired with three massive pendant lights to bring the 17-foot-high ceilings down and create a cozier environment. Simple yet comfortable furniture surrounds an oversized gray coffee table, while neutral floor poufs provide extra seating when needed.