Pax Ivanna. Lighting. March 31st , 2017.
Eventually fire was contained in glass. Handheld candle sconces and lanterns were used to light the way for everyone from monks in the inner corridors of monasteries to miners deep underground. Candle wall sconces and lanterns adorned the corridors of medieval castles and exterior walls.
Decorative lighting is what we are most familiar with; this includes the chandelier hanging over the dining table and the 2 lanterns flanking the front door. Their job is to create some visual sparkle, what I like to call architectural jewelry.
To create the illusion of height, have an upward facing chandelier that reflects light on the ceiling. To create the illusion of width, place multiple wall sconces on your long wall that throw light both, up and down. Light fixtures can be works of art too, you know.
Wall-mounted sconces also work to create ambient lighting. However, that is not all. Place multiple sconces that throw light both above and below in a long hallway to illuminate the passage and visually reduce its length, or next to mirrors to avoid the shadow cast on your face that occurs due to overhead lighting.
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