Accent Lighting - Accent lighting can add important drama to a dining room by creating exciting visual interest. As part of the decorating scheme, accent lighting should be used to spotlight paintings, houseplants, sculpture, and other prized possessions, or to highlight the drapery or the texture of a wall. Good accent lighting can be especially helpful in a dining room to help create an especially attractive space.
Cabinet Lighting - Cabinet lighting should be mounted closer to the cabinet front - not near the back of the cabinet. This allows the light to easily illuminate the object below.
Chandeliers - A chandelier is often the focal point of the dining room. As such it should be hung about 30 inches above the tabletop and should be at least 6 inches narrower than the table on each side.
Color - Think about the importance of color in the dining room, then use proper lighting to bring out that dramatic color.
Dimming Systems - Today's dimming systems enable you to do several things: lower light levels to conserve energy and increase bulb life, vary the mood of a room, and alter the intensity of the light to suit the activity. A dimming system is virtually required in the dining room to create just the right dining ambiance.
Fluorescent Lighting - Fluorescent lighting probably should not be used at all in the dining room unless it is used as a source of indirect light and even then it probably should be dimmable.
General Lighting - General lighting provides a space with overall illumination. Also known as ambient lighting, general lighting radiates a comfortable level of brightness, enabling one to see and walk about safely. In the dining room this light usually is provided by the chandelier or pendant hanging over the dining room table.
Indirect Lighting - Coves, soffits and other concealed locations can be used to provide very pleasant, very effective indirect lighting with xenon light sources or possibly T5 or T8 fluorescent fixtures.
Layers of Light - There are three basic types of lighting that work together to light a home: general lighting, task lighting, and accent lighting. A good lighting plan combines all three types to light an area, according to function and style.
Low Voltage Halogen Lighting - Low-voltage halogen lighting offers a very white, crisp kind of light source that has excellent color rendering capabilities and often makes crystal, cut glass, polished surfaces, and jewelry "sparkle". If you do employ low-voltage halogen lighting in the dining room, you should consider using SoLux? MR16 lamps which provide "the closest thing to natural daylight".
Pendants - In general, pendants should be hung about 30 inches above the tabletop and be about 12 inches narrower that the table on all sides.
Wall Grazing - Wall grazing provides dramatic illumination that reveals the texture of special materials, such as the brick and stone used in fireplaces. Wall grazing is uneven, brighter and scalloped at the top of the wall. For the most exciting effects, use PAR lamps in small aperture down-lights. Locate the down-lights no more than 12 inches from the wall and the same distance apart. Wall grazing also lights polished surfaces, such as marble without distracting reflections in the surface.
Wall Washing - Wall washers are special down-lights that direct light up to the top of the wall. They eliminate the shadows, sometimes called "scallops", which are characteristic of simple down-lights. Do no space wall washers more than 36 inches apart. For the smoothest effect, space wall washers 24 inches from the wall and 24 inches apart. Avoid locating wall washers near doors where they can glare into the eyes of people entering the room.
Scarves are almost the perfect fashion accessory! Anyone who puts an emphasis on fashion wants their own style to be unique. The cutest outfit will be a disaster if you end up looking like everyone else. To make each and every look truly your own, adorn yourself with a scarf. Scarfs, whether they're made of silk, cashmere, wool, fleece, pashmina or viscose are one of the most versatile fashion accessories out there!
They come in every imaginable shape, size, and material. No matter if you are going for a polished corporate look or a casual boho feel, you can find a one that is just the right addition. Following are some tips to finding the perfect scarf.
Material Scarves come in all sorts of materials. The season in which you plan to wear the it may give you an idea of what to look for. Thick plush scarves in materials like flannel and velvet will not only look great but will offer you extra warmth on cold winter days. Materials like wool and cashmere will add a luxurious touch when the temperatures dip. If you are adorning a summer look, pick lighter fabrics. Satin and polyester blends are thin and cool and will add detail without adding to the heat factor. Some materials are sufficient no matter the season. For year long wear, try materials like silk, knit, and linen.
Size Scarves are available in sizes small enough to tuck in a jacket pocket or large enough to wrap as a dress. Think about your outfit to decide which size will work best. If you want to just add a splash of color to a conservative suit, consider tiny silk scarves that will just peak out. For a more dramatic effect, purchase a large one that will be the most important part of the outfit. You can also buy scarves that are intended to be outwear like a shawl or wrap. Another great way to use a scarf is as a head wrap or headband to bring a boring look truly to life. They are also a great way to customize a purse, bag, or briefcase. Simply tie it to the handle for a look that is totally you.
Color and Pattern Color and pattern are very important when picking your scarf. You can purchase a one in a very neutral solid such as black or khaki if you want to be able to wear it with many different outfits. Solid basic colors will also make sure the overall look is classic. If you want to really express yourself, buy a scarf with bold colors and patterns. Using too much color or pattern in your main pieces can end up looking gaudy, but adding the color or pattern as a removable accessory item will allow you to express your artistic side without looking ridiculous. Some patterns also have actual meaning to them, so you can use these scarves not only to look fantastic, but to express some of your inner beliefs. Some patterns are also specific to a certain region of the world or ethnicity, so you can proudly display your national heritage. There are scarves for every occasion, every season, and every style. If you want to add personal flavor to your wardrobe, there is no better way than by adding this perfect accessory.
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