Part 3: Harmony
As we've seen the previous installments of this Special Report on lighting, you can apply the Sheffield Guidelines to Interior Design to lighting, as well as to furniture selection and placement and other elements of planning a room.
The first two guidelines to consider are Function and Mood, addressed in the June and July issues of Designer Monthly.
The third guideline is Harmony, and this is where everything about Function and Mood come together.
The importance of harmony in a room cannot be overstated. Just imagine a living room with a overstuffed, ornately carved sofa and an ultra-modern end table. They just wouldn't go together.
Just as you want the other elements of a room to harmonize, so too the different lighting elements should act together in harmony to produce an interesting yet unified effect.
The unity that's achieved in harmony, however, does not mean monotony. The greatest failing in the lighting schemes of many amateur designers is that they don't offer enough variety in the lighting of a room, and then their lighting is monotonous.
Of course, variety does not mean a crazy-quilt effect. All the different types of lighting you use in a room must work together in harmony.
|Sarah Van Arsdale|
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