Light is a design term that is thrown around a lot, but have you ever really considered how light impacts your mood and your ability to do your best work? On dreary short winters days, we do not find ourselves daydreaming of London. We daydream about summer sun at the beach or sparkling off the ocean. We think about the horizon filled with warm light, and rays of sun beaming through the clouds. Light impacts our mood and our general health; therefore it is essential.  The design projects at Timeless Interior Designs consider how to layer lighting, so your home is filled with the right light, at the right time, for the right job.

The right light is called “levels of light”. These levels describe the types of lighting you have in a space. The most commonly used levels of light are: general, accent, and task lighting. All the rooms in your home serve different needs and therefore require different levels of light.

Now, let’s get out of the dark and explore general, accent, and task lighting and how they work together to make your home a sanctuary.

HERE COMES THE SUN | General Lighting

General lighting is the most common and most fundamental lighting in a space.  It includes a combination of natural and artificial lighting. Common home applications include, recessed lighting, flushed/semi flush ceiling fixtures, and chandeliers.

The best application of general lighting is to get your light from natural sources when possible. This is why a kitchen sink is often placed at a window. Large windows, skylights and reflective sources like mirrors, help open a space and move the light everywhere. The purpose of the space typically determines how much and how bright the lighting needs to be. Dimmers on general lighting are very functional as the need for light changes due to time of day or activity taking place in the room.


The next level of lighting is self-explanatory, task lighting helps during specific tasks within that given space. Consider sconces around a mirror in a bathroom, or a pendant lighting and reading lamps.  These lights have a functionality and purpose for specific tasks within that space. Task lighting can be beautifully integrated into a space, so the functionality is there without the clunky I-have-a-purpose presence.

As you can see, the different lighting levels can overlap and be interchanged, depending on the application in the space. The art and creative application of light in a space gives Timeless Interior Design endless possibilities for every project they approach. Also, partnering with the quality lighting designs of Visual Comfort, Ralph Lauren, Currey & Company, Hudson Valley Lighting gives Timeless Interior Designs clients unique and beautiful fixtures that compliment and integrate in a seamless way. 


Much like the word implies, accent lighting brings attention (accent) to a specific area within the space. Accent lighting includes ambient lighting, up-lighting on ceilings, cabinetry lighting, picture and art lighting, or wall sconces. With the correct application of accent lighting on specific areas within a space, the area is highlighted and set apart from the general feel within room.

Accent lighting can breathe life into a room and give the space an entirely new feeling. Accent lighting can give a feeling of grandeur, functionality, and openness. Conversely, the application of accent lighting can make a room feel intimate, closed off, or intimidating. Neither application is wrong, everything depends on the purpose and plan for the space. 

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