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Publication Date: 2011-10-02

Design Insights

Bright Ideas: Expert Lighting Strategies

You can fill a space with beautiful furnishings, textiles, and art but if the room is poorly lit—if a sculpture is concealed in shadow, or the ceiling is a grid of can lights—it will never look its best. According to experts in interior and lighting design, a successful lighting scheme depends on assessing a room’s primary purpose and relying on a range of fixtures.

“Take some time to think about how you use a room,” says Andrew Webb of design firm Collier Webb in London. “Consider what you want people to see, like a beautiful sculpture, and what you don’t, like your child’s toy pile.”

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