Proper lighting is an integral part of the look, feel and functionality of a home. Without proper lighting, the perception of color changes, unattractive shadows appear, and the textures and shapes of furnishings and décor can become indistinct. Also, we as humans are affected by light—with appropriate lighting, our mood can brighten and we become energized or we feel calm and relaxed. Improperly lit spaces cause frustration or lethargy.
Another aspect of lighting that may be overlooked is using lighting as art. This process involves utilizing the fixture, type, and location of lighting as an element of artwork and/or accessories.