How to design your home using Recessed Lighting?

A major dilemma these days is that many home-owners overlook the importance of lighting in their home. They spend their time, and money, on fixing up a space and are disappointed with the results because of poor lighting. But the fact is, lighting is one of the, if not the MOST, important aspect in your design. I mean, God did create the Sun on the first day.  And poor lighting is easy to come by whether it’s too little light, too much, or just wrong all together, like evil florescent lighting, as a designer you must be careful when installing the rooms brilliance.

Which is why there is all this hype over recessed lighting. But what is it? Recessed lighting is installed within the ceiling rather than on the ceiling’s surface. There are several different varieties such as Downlight’s which provide light straight downward and Eyeball-Style fixtures which pivot in their ‘housing.’

I found these examples of recessed lighting from Element by Light Tech, a company based out of Illinois with a reputation for timeless designs. Here is an example of Downlight recessed lighting, excellent for Kitchens, hallways and other areas where a more general light is needed.

Most recessed lighting was used as focal point light but now designers are taking advantage of this and using it for large spaces. The benefit to recessed lighting is not only does it create a clean sleek look, but you can also control each individual light, install them on a dimmer and have more control. Your home transforms into a cozy space by dimming the living room for warmth and brightening the kitchen when cooking.

Here is an example of how recessed lighting creates a very clean, contemporary and minimalist interior. The designer not only used this type of lighting to brighten the main area of the kitchen but also used eyeball-style lights at the right to focus on the floating glass shelves and the decroative pieces displayed on them.

I love how versatile recessed lighting can be. This designer created a space where the lighting would be directed upwards and create a controlled light boarder around the ceiling. Very contemporary and very cool.

Recessed lighting, although a modern feature, is suited for all styles. Take this white ultra polished white large living space equipped with two seating areas and a bar. Here the designer used Downlight recessed lighting to add to its super clean look.

And here you have the same lighting, a bit smaller in size, in a more timeless all wood cabin-like finish. The recessed lighting fits well with the warmth of the wood, especially with a dimmer for the later hours of the evening.

I couldn’t get enough of this ceiling lighting design. What a challenge it must have been to conceptualize and then construct but the end result is fantastic. A masterpiece in design.

Here you can see how recessed lighting creates the best results for rooms of all purposes. Fact, this home theater is spectacular. I love the dark wood beams with the vertical lighting stretching up the parallel walls, very “movie-theater-esk.” But the recessed lighting really makes this room work because of its sleek look and your added ability of control. Very cool.


How to design your home office?!

The first thing that comes to mind when designing your home office is Functionality. Without it, all you have is a dust-collecting space that teases you every time you walk by. By what is also important is making this utilitarian space sleek, beautiful and a great fit in your home.

This home-owner requested a work space with a lot of desk space.  Her day to day involved looking over blueprints, therefore her desk needed to be large enough to multitask. What’s Key: Your desk needs to serve practical purpose and should represent the type of work you will be doing. No reason to invest in a desk that doesn’t fit your needs.

Love this piece, timeless and sophisticated with both masculine and feminine qualities. Many times its not about the location of the “home office” but just picking out pieces that speak to your inner interior.

Looking for something sleek, modern and versatile? A Parsons desk is a perfect addition to your home.  What makes it a desk a Parsons desk? The depth and width of its square legs are the same thickness of the top. According to legend, it was created by students at the Paris branch of The Parsons School of Design, and very chic.

A petite desk works well in any bedroom, anything larger would be too aggressive for the relaxation of what should be a place of rest.

Add a cork-board back-splash around your kitchen desk! It creates a space you can really work with, helps keep your recipe ideas in one place and easily organizes your families activities.

Look at this piece.

Paint your desk for a pop of color. A fun trick is to paint a sophisticated desk a bright color.  You can dress your desk down and install it in your child’s bedroom.

Pulling the desk away from the wall allows you to add some extra shelving for your books and supplies, and also makes the desk a focal point of the room. Helpful Tip: position the desk at an angle and make sure you take the time picking a desk that you love.

Talk about a custom fit! Helpful tip: avoid desks that are fussy with design and poor quality- you will spend more time mending your drawers and space then getting work done.

LOVE this design. The organic triangular shape with its Scandinavian bones contrasts nicely with the formal Edwardian features of the bay windows and fits perfectly in the nook. This office just screams urban-funk with its major mid-century modern points.

Love this unique secretary desk…..A great way to mold your space for all situations. When guests arrive, tuck your stationary away to open up the room.

Take advantage of the view by adding a desk in front of a large window

A room of our own! I love how built in shelves adds personality to the room and lets your display all your souvenirs. Your office should be a place that inspires so don’t forget to allow some space of items that do just that.

Large Room, Large Desk!

Some desks are better off as a writing table so you can highlight the legs of your table and avoid cluttering the space with wires and cords.

This custom desk is perfect for large families who tend to jump into a work space and make a mess. These clever fold away desks hide the eye soar of piled work, chaotic papers and laptop wires.

This great work space was created by setting up two tables against each other. The large courter-top is perfect for kids to sit around and help with homework and such.