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Ty Pennington's Design Notes for Bright Interior Lighting

Are you doing a little re-decorating around the house? Maybe you have plans for a new paint color or new furniture, who knows, maybe you want a giant mural of your cat named Tinkles. Whatever you have in mind, let me shed a little light on a design tip that often gets overlooked…

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I’m talking about lighting. A quick note I always like to start with is this: well lit doesn’t just mean bright. You can have too much shadow and too much glare, which can affect a room’s overall look and feel.

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So the best approach to interior lighting is to use several different kinds of lights, like track lights, floor lights, recessed lights, or decorative lamps. Another bright idea is accent lighting. This lets you highlight stuff like a bookshelf, or a piece of art. It really adds some style and focus to your room.

Accent lighting lets you highlight certain focal points in every room (via Optimise Design) | Ty Pennington's Design Notes for Bright Interior Lighting Kitchen lighting tips from Apartment Therapy

And don’t worry about too many lights, but be sure to put at least one of your lights on a dimmer switch, it’s an easy way to change the mood. And your redecorated room will look better than ever, even without that mural of Tinkles.

Dim lighting quickly changes the mood of your rooms. | Ty Pennington's Design Notes for Bright Interior Lighting

Join the conversation: What kinds of lights do you use in your home? Share yours in the comments below.

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