Lighting is a crucial design element in bathrooms, especially those packed with black surfaces, which absorb light. For effective, flattering light, consider having diffused-glass sconces installed, centered on each side of the vanity mirror. When lit, the filtered white light evenly illuminates the face without any harsh shadows. Furthermore, by adding dimmers to the sconces, the entire bathroom can take on an ambient, spa-like feeling at night.
The dramatic entry staircase at the ground level is located beneath a central atrium, with a partial glass floor above to bring in natural light. Architect James Carpenter designed a dichroic glass prism that diffuses daylight from clerestory windows into a spectrum of colors that shift with the viewing angle.
A touch of Hollywood glamour in the home theater at the 2010 HGTV Dream Home transforms a traditional entertainment room into a luxe space for relaxing and movie watching. Frosted glass doors attached to barn door hardware provide privacy during show times. Tripod-mounted steel lamps, outfitted with a milk glass diffuser, can be positioned as needed and provide soft, white illumination.