INTERIOR DESIGNERS ELISSA CULLMAN AND TRACEY PRUZAN SOLVE THE PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH EVERY TYPE OF DESIGN PROJECT IN THEIR NEW BOOK, DECORATING MASTER CLASS: THE CULLMAN & KRAVIS WAY (ABRAMS). IN AN EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT, CTC&G HIGHLIGHTS THE DESIGNERS' TIPS FOR LIGHTING PLANS IN EVERY ROOM.
Unlike some other aspects of decorating, the right lighting is an affordable luxury. Effective lighting makes your house look its best, while making everything and everyone in it look better, too. In this chapter, we sight through the various fixture forms as we explore different lighting solutions, as well as when and how to address your lighting needs from floor plan analysis to switches and outlets.
Assess Your Lighting Needs
Your lighting plan is derived from your floor plan, so if your floor plan changes, your lighting plan will also change. Once the furniture is in place on the floor plan, we suggest that you "walk through" and analyze each room, identifying the types of lighting you will need to make the room look and work just right. For inspiration, think about what you will be doing in the rooms, and ask yourself such questions as: Which rooms are filled with or lack natural light? Which room will be used in the evening? Where will we sit and read? Where will we work? Which rooms will be used for entertaining and parties? Then make your choices accordingly.
Levels of Lighting
We are obsessed with layered lighting, which creates pools of flattering light for even—and interesting—illumination, and you should be, too.