Layer with accent lighting
Task lighting on its own creates too much contrast. So you need to layer this with accent lighting (my favourite!). I’m talking candlelight, decorative sconces, or picture lights that highlight things: artwork, architecture, textiles, groups of vases, you name it. You can’t work or read with accent lighting; it is solely about creating atmosphere. In my pad, as dusk falls, I go from a space lit mostly by daylight to an atmospheric intimate zone—which feels immediately snug and cozy. Layered and theatrical, it beckons me in.