21 August, 2010

"Casting a Quiet Glow . . . "

Greetings,

We've made it through yet another work week - and our newest "Love Letter" brings us to the "g." I've always felt that one of the most important aspects of a beautiful home is your ability to layer lighting throughout the space. A good balance of overhead fixtures and table lighting can bring a beautiful glow to your home. Oh, that and some candlelight.

But, there's another layer of lighting that you can always add to your home . . .

"G" is for . . .


"Gallery Lights"



Now, I love gallery lighting. I love their ability to highlight specific pieces - bringing one's focus directly onto the artwork. But, outside of this more obvious use, there is little more glamorous than a room in the evening - aglow with only the gallery lights illumined. - and maybe a little candlelight as well. Lighting perfection.


And don't think that they can only be used in more traditional spaces. Jamie Drake easily adds gallery lights to the artwork in this remarkable, much more contemporary bedroom.


From one of the projects here in San Francisco - in our own portfolio.


Not only are they great for artwork - I also love seeing (and using) them for lighting a library as well. Casting a quiet, beautiful glow over the collection of books and artifacts.



A perfect library. Just bathed in glorious lighting.


And one of the images of the study in my own home. I think it's wise to keep all the gallery lights (as well as all of your lighting) on dimmer switches. It's important to be able to 'manage' the lighting at the house.

It's great fun - just before a dinner party here at the house - to adjust the lighting. Gallery lights a little higher. Table lamps lower. Turning the overhead lighting down to almost nothing. Lighting some candles. Making sure that everyone is presented in their best 'light.'


Cheers,
tartanscot



12 comments:

niartist said...

That bedroom you did is GORGEOUS! OMG! I'm in awe, and I'm starting to change mine right now!

tartanscot said...

Aw - thanks Artie. It WAS a great project to be involved with - and a truly fantastic client.

Pinky said...

OMG! I, too, LOOOOVE that brown bedroom! This room that I am in, (my office), has chocolate brown on 2 walls and I love it. Many people thought I was CRAZY to do this:) I also love that library.....oh, be still my heart! Beautiful post! XO, Pinky

Anonymous said...

I have a question for you - are all of these gallery lights hard wired or do you ever use battery operated ones. Sometimes it's hard to tie into an outlet with the placement of artwork. What mfr's lights do you like the best?

Splendid Sass said...

Beautiful images, and your study is drop dead perfect!!
Teresa

tartanscot said...

@Anon 8:08 - I always like to have these fixtures hardwired - those battery one's never seem to have enough 'life' in them to make them worth while. Most reputable electricians should be able to run power up behind a major piece of art - just be sure that they use a gallery outlet (it recedes into the wall - as to not project into the back of the artwork.)

As far as resources - Visual Comfort has a great selection (and great prices). The only draw-back is that they seem to frequently be out of stock . . . so you might to a wait.

diane@onlinefabricstore said...

Can I come to your house for dinner? I'm bound to look beautiful under that lighting!

Ragland Hill Social by Gwen Driscoll said...

Love them too! Have been so out of touch. Glad to be back and inspired. Hope you are well.

Gwen

tartanscot said...

Hey Gwen - hope you've had an amazing summer!

Karena said...

Lighting makes such a huge difference in great ambience.!! The dimmers....realy important as well. Well worth the time and cost!

Karena
Art by Karena

vignette design said...

Your designs are absolutely gorgeous. I love the bedroom with the dark brown walls. And I've admired your living room with the plaid drapes forever.
I too use gallery lighting above my old oils. I am stickler for lighting anyway. Hate can lights. Love romantic lighting like sconces, etc. in a room. Beautiful post!

Carol@SofasandSage.com said...

Ok, move over, I want to set up residence in your study. Could there be a warmer, cozier, drink tea-or scotch-and stay-a-while feeling from that room? I think not!
Always love your posts!

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