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2 HOMES • Saturday, July 30, 2011 • Richmond Times-Dispatch
By Joanna Ernst/Homes Writer
“The right lighting is one of the two
things you absolutely must have in your
home,” began LaDifference co-owner
Sarah Paxton. “The second is a good
mattress.”
Usually, homeowners enter a dark
room and make a beeline for the light
switch. While it’s more of a reflex than a
planned routine, this “flick of a switch”
convenience is not sufficient for a
sophisticated and stylish living space.
“Accessorizing a wardrobe, you add
shoes, jewelry and a purse to complete
the outfit. Lighting adds that finishing
touch to the home,” said Carole Louie,
an award-winning interior designer at
Virginia Wayside Furniture.
While lighting is not tangible like
window panels or area rugs, its purpose
as a home accent is equally powerful.
The best home lighting does justice to
the whole interior – from bringing out
subtle hues and textures in fabric to
showing the details in the décor. But
there is more to lighting than what
meets the eye.
“Lighting truly affects mood. It’s
functional, but it also changes the colors
and angles of a space. The single light in
the ceiling is the contractor’s minimum
requirement,” Paxton said. “It’s the
ambient lighting that illuminates the
space – in every sense of the word.
Without it, people are missing the
nuances of their space.”
Ambient lighting is a room’s main
light source. The ambient light blends
into the background without working
in one distinct direction. People are
moving away from overhead lighting
toward ambient lighting for a more
relaxed and inviting space, Louie said.
Task lighting is a specific light
in
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source that serves a function. To splash extra
brightness onto a craft or book, lamps and
fixtures provide a practical purpose. Or, with
accent lighting, an eye-catching centerpiece
is dramatically spotlighted. For a more
subtle but equally stylized option, there is
decorative lighting. The lamp or light fixture
either complements other home accents or
ties the room together. The physical piece
becomes relevant to the décor, often forfeiting
functionality for appearance.
Luckily, updating light fixtures is a
relatively simple and budget-friendly home
improvement. With attention to ambience,
home owners can transform the visual appeal
and vibe in every room. “Lighting helps
our customers make a statement about who
they are. It’s an opportunity to showcase
personality,” Louie explained.
“It’s easy to change lighting fixtures,”
Paxton added. “Lighting as a home accessory
is something anyone can do. It’s not even
difficult to tear out a fixture.”
“People go with the safer choices for the
bigger pieces. But because lighting is usually
not a huge investment, don’t be afraid to
express yourself. The new trend is to make
outside-the-box choices,” explained Louie.
6.1
Percentage
increase in
single-family
home sales for
2011, as projected
by the National Associa-
tion of Home Builders. FYI: The
National Association of Realtors expects existing
home sales to rise 5 to 10 percent this year.
Source: National Association of Home Builders
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“Richmond is known for
its traditional taste – but
we’re sliding into a more
contemporary
direction.”
Homeowners
should amend
the ambience killer
that is blinding
overhead lighting, what
Paxton referred to as “the
hospital-ward look.” Both
experts tout the benefits of wall
lighting, popular in the 1930s
and ´40s and brings choices to
setting moods. Paxton strongly
recommended adding wall
sconces. Added Louie, “Wall
sconces are a great way to create
highly-versatile lighting, perfect
to balance a room, add height or
utilize up- and down-lighting.”
For task lighting, a well-placed
sconce can be the tour-de-force of
a well-decorated reading nook.
With new advances in lighting,
compact fluorescent and LED
lighting are both looking
especially radiant. LED lighting
glows with a crisp white light,
providing a nice effect for the
work area. Plus, the
bulbs don’t burn out.
For truly illuminated
interior design, all
four lighting styles
should be incorporated
indoors. Remember that a
strategically-placed lamp in a
dark corner or a new fixture can
flip your style switch. And, head
to LaDiff and Virginia Wayside to
get enlightened by the experts.
“Walk into your space, but don’t
turn on the overhead. Look for the
darkest corner of the room – that’s
where you can use accent lighting.
A lamp does not have to be a
shade on a post, advised Paxton.
“In the outside world,” Louie
said, “we get bombarded by
technology. You want to come
home to chill and get back to
yourself. And the right lighting
helps a person do just that.”
The following are the most expensive homes sold in June as reported by the Central Virginia Regional Multiple Listings
Service. The area includes the counties of Henrico, Hanover, Chesterfield, Goochland, Powhatan, New Kent, Charles City,
Prince George, Dinwiddie, Amelia and King William, and the cities of Richmond, Hopewell, Colonial Heights and Petersburg.
Sales Price Address Locality Sq. feet Beds/baths Acreage Built
2. 1,250,000 92 Kinloch Ln. Goochland 4730 4/4.1 0.562 2009
3. 1,225,846 13609 Cotton Patch Ct. Henrico 7000 6/5.1 0.780 2010
4. 1,100,000 1390 Swift Creek Ln. Goochland 4071 4/3.1 21.807 1991
5. 989,000 4104 Cambridge Rd. Richmond 4500 4/4.1 0.471 1928
6. 975,000 15707 Draycot Dr. Chesterfield 7357 4/4.1 0.995 2007
7. 950,000 5501 Riverside Dr. Richmond 4150 6/3.1 1.069 1929
8. 889,000 22 Hampton Hills Ln. Richmond 3400 4/3.1 1950
9. 879,845 12301 Haybrook Ln. Henrico 4952 5/3.1 2010
10. 865,000 700 Tiber Ln. Richmond 4729 5/4.1 1,416 1980
Top 10
home sales
in June
$1,650,000
Address: 901 Barley Field Rd.
Locality: Goochland
Acreage: 12.23
Square feet: 5200
Beds/Baths: 5/5
Year built: 2001
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