Interior Design Center - Inspiration, Resources, Trends

Trend Reports

Lighting

The Versatility of Track Lighting

Danielle Littman |  August 30, 2010

Track lighting is a contemporary fixture perfect for just about any room in your home. Whether you want to illuminate the artwork on your living room wall or brighten up the kitchen, track lighting is available in a variety of styles, shapes and sizes. It is a great alternative to traditional lamps and recessed lighting…

'How To' Guides

Accent Lighting Guide: Light Up Your Home With The Right Lighting Accent

Danielle Littman |  August 23, 2010

Accent lighting for the home is key in order to maximize the amount of light you get within each room of your home. Summer is quickly coming to an end, the kids are getting ready for school and many of us are getting our homes ready for the fall season that is approaching fast. With…

Lighting

Basic Types of Lighting: Lighting your Lifestyle

Danielle Littman |  April 12, 2010

Great lighting can turn an ordinary home, into an extraordinary home. When planning your lighting scheme, you should know the basic types of lighting needed throughout your home. Make sure you look at the activities that take place in each room, the ambiance you want to create and the decorative items you want to emphasize…

Lighting

Living Room Lighting Design Layout

Danielle Littman |  March 18, 2010

When determining your lighting plan for a living room or family room, you need to think about the kind of activities that take place there on a daily basis. For entertaining and watching television, general lighting is needed.  Task lighting for reading and accent lighting to highlight art and architectural features are both necessary in…

Lighting

Kitchen Lighting Ideas Centered Around Function

Danielle Littman |  February 22, 2010

Whether you’re preparing meals, reading the newspaper or hanging out with family or friends, the kitchen is a constant place of activity that require sufficient lighting to accomplish everyday tasks and provide a comfortable setting.  A well construction lighting plan will transition the kitchen lighting through each activity or function. Because kitchens are in use…

Lighting

Lighting Ideas for Kids

Danielle Littman |  January 19, 2010

Often times it can be hard to figure out lighting ideas for kids as they change their mind on a daily basis and who knows what their tastes have turned into this week from the last. Creating a new lighting scheme for your kids can be fun way to spend time together and allow your…

Lighting

A Vast Array of Home Office Lighting

Danielle Littman |  December 16, 2009

When designing a home office lighting plan, you will want to create a comfortable environment that is free of harsh contrasts and distracting glare. You will need task lighting for reading, writing, and computer work, and general lighting main office area. You may also want to include accent lighting to highlight artwork or awards showcased throughout the office….

Lighting

The Essential Components of Bathroom Lighting

Danielle Littman |  November 12, 2009

Proper bathroom lighting is important to ensure that your space will emit ample amounts of illumination.  Selecting the right layers of lighting for a bathroom will allow you to create a highly functional space.  Function and fashion are combined in this setting to make sure lighting is layered with both ambient and accent fixtures, as well as task…

Lighting

The Basics of Bedroom Lighting

Danielle Littman |  October 9, 2009

Whether you have a small bedroom or master suite, you want to be able to have a bedroom function for more than just sleeping. Bedroom lighting consists of layers that light the room as a whole, as well as provide specific task oriented illumination.  While the bed remains the focal point, the room’s space might…

Lighting

Dining Room Lighting from Functional to Formal

Danielle Littman |  September 16, 2009

Today’s dining rooms reflect our changing lifestyles. Once used solely for daily dining, this room has become more multi-purpose. During the week, the dining room is used as a work zone for homework and crafts. On the weekends and special occasions it becomes a gathering place for parties and meals. In the flick of a…

Lighting

Layers of Foyer Lighting

Danielle Littman |  August 12, 2009

A well configured lighting plan for a foyer consists of a combination of ambient lighting and accent lighting.  Layers of foyer lighting start with ambient lighting as the base layer.  Ambient lighting allows safe entrance into a room.  Examples of foyer ambient lighting are recessed cans and step lighting.  Also referred to as general lighting,…

'How To' Guides

Area Rugs and Care Information

Danielle Littman |  July 14, 2009

You can find a variety of area rugs that will accent the design of a space and add warmth to a room.  Area rugs or accent rugs vary in price in terms of size and design.  Power loomed rugs are more expensive than hand knotted rugs.  Because power loomed rugs can be produced in a…