Design Chronicles – Photoshop your room

Design Chronicles – Photoshop your room

Ever wonder how the design photos from your favorite décor magazine always appear to be perfect?  Have you tried to recreate your favorite design but the space was lacking that showroom glow?  Are you looking for a way to enhance your space so that it looks like it was professionally designed, here’s a tip for you…..

“Photoshop your room”

Yep, you heard me right!  Photoshop your room in real life.  Skip the #nofilter craze and filter your room by adding the perfect light combinations to your space.  Light position, function and type all play a major role in giving your design a pro feel.  Mounting sconces on top of a mirror adds a layer of brilliance and glamor.  When deciding where to position light fixtures in your design, you want to light objects in the room not dead space.  Think of lighting as the jewelry to an outfit, the vocals to an arrangement, the strokes to your canvas.  In other words, be sure that the glow from your lighting lands on design elements in your space not blank walls.

Lighting is the ambience to your design.  What do you want people to feel in the space?  Do you want guest to feel calm, relaxed and restful in your guest bedroom?  Use cool spa like colors and low lighting.  Are you looking to give a vibrant, energetic feel to your space?  Then add warm color accents and bright lights through out your ceiling.  Would you like your design to easily transition from a high energy festive feel to a low energy relaxed feel?  Add dimmers or candle lights to your décor.  Dimmers and candles are an easy, inexpensive way to transition the feel of your bedroom and dining room in the blink of an eye.  Check out a few lighting inspirations from my favorite HGTV designers Tiffany Brooks and Candice Olson.

Tiffany Brooks

Tiffany Brooks

Tiffany Brooks

Tiffany Brooks

Candice Olson

Candice Olson

Candice Olson

Candice Olson

But WAIT!!!  Before you go out and purchase lighting, you need to consider what type of lighting is needed.  There are 3 functional light types:

  • General – Lights the entire room; bright, vibrant (Ex: ceiling/can lights)
  • Task – Lights a particular area to help you perform a task; warm, cozy (Ex: floor & table lamp or pendant)
  • Accent – Lights a specific design feature; elegant, enhance (Ex: sconces, picture lights)

Blubs

The type of bulb you use in your design is equally important as the type of lighting you use.  A big “No, No” in design is using varying bulb colors.  A sure-fire why to damper your design masterpiece is by mixing bulb colors.  You do not want to mix yellow with white glows.  On a side note, lamp shade colors can also effect the lighting balance of your design.

Here are a few quick notes on bulb types and their application effects on design.

  • LED – Use for directional lighting
  • Halogen – Reusable, natural light “white light”, energy-efficient (more expensive)
  • Fluorescent – Not dimmable, flat, cold light, long burn hours (great for basements and attics)
  • Incandescent – Warm inviting quality, 700-1000 burn hours (least expensive)
  • CFL – Contain mercury; take care if broken (DO NOT touch with bare hands); recyclable, burns 10x’s longer than incandescent

So, the next time you are designing your dream space, be sure to give light placement it’s just due and think about this…..

What mood are you designing?

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  1. charolette jackson :

    This is awsome and something i never thought of! Love it!!

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