When you install multiple light sources throughout the home, it allows for the smooth transition from brightness for work in the daytime to a sophisticated and demure space for entertaining in the evening, or even to a dimly lit room for watching films. All in all, ambient, task, and accent lighting create a more balanced room both visually and functionally.
This first type of lighting should ideally provide for the general illumination in a given space. Dependent upon the time of day or how much light is coming inside through the windows, you can build upon natural light with the installation of soft ceiling, floor, and wall lighting.
When doing at-home activities, installing specialized task lights allows you to see what you’re doing and provides the appropriate level of bright and focused illumination needed to perform specific activities without strain.
Photos, wall decor, and unique architectural details are accentuated more when light is used to highlight their depth, dimension, and characteristics. The rule of thumb with accent lighting is that it should be three times brighter than the surrounding ambient lighting for the best result.
Pull It All Together
Above are the basics of light layering. An important thing to remember with each category is that there are at least two more parts to light layering you should take into consideration: the proper lightbulbs and lighting controls.