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March 2008


FEATURES

Master Class

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Recessed Lights
We specify recessed lights with caution, because they create a dark area on the ceiling around them, and their light can be harsh and unsympathetic. There are a few instances when they are irreplaceable, such as when a ceiling is extremely low (under 7 feet). Recessed lights are the best for spotlighting art and sculpture and for creating a pool of light to supplement lamp lighting on a desk or next to a bed. Rather than spacing recessed lighting randomly on the ceiling, lay them in a neat grid. Minimize their appearance by specifying the type that requires a very small opening.

Lamps & Lamp Shades
More than mere functional necessities, lamps should add some personality and aesthetic value of their own, and we encourage you to use lamps in your rooms as you would decorative objects. Familiarize yourself with their wide range of shapes and sizes and then feel free to break (at least a little bit) from the rules of continuity that we feel strongly about in other areas. Base materials such as porcelain pottery, alabaster, glass, metal and wood offer endless opportunities for visual variety.

In addition to dressing your chosen lamp base, a lampshade softens the direct light from a bare bulb and finishes the room with a warm, ambient glow. We often create custom lampshades. But if you lack the time, financial resources or desire to create custom shades, you can rely on ready-made shades in any shop.

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