05.11.16 | Design

7 Lighting Mistakes You’re Making

Avoid these and your future will be bright

1. Relying on Only One Light Source
The key to good lighting is layering it at different heights. “Don’t rely on only one kind of light source. Mix a variety of overhead and floor or table lamps,” Alan Tanksley says. “Warm ‘pools’ of light draw people in and create intimacy.”

2. Using Overhead Lighting That’s Too Bright
“There’s nothing worse than bright lights that make you feel like you’re onstage,” says Barclay Butera says. He recommends using dimmers and soft white bulbs in every room, including bathrooms. “Lighting shouldn’t wash down on you: It’s harsh and unflattering.”

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