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“Concrete ceiling = no lighting fixtures = feeling like I reside in a cave. It’s a rental. Recommendation, please?”
We requested DC designer Byron Risdon of Byron Risdon LLC for his recommendation:
“There are literally a pair methods to handle this, and all are rental-friendly and cost-effective. All of those options rely upon the format of your house and outlet places. Personally, my go-to resolution for this drawback could be a mixture of high- and low-level plug-in choices. I’d additionally counsel utilizing good plugs and bulbs so you’ll be able to function the lights from an app as an alternative of counting on a twine or a change.
“Second: attempt a mixture of low-level lighting. For instance, you would have a stability of desk and flooring lamps all through the house. Since you have got a cement ceiling, I’m going to guess you’re in a extra fashionable house—an arched flooring lamp could be an excellent resolution. It seems sculptural and gives some overhead lighting, as properly. You might pair this along with your plug-in wall choices, like sconces and film lights. This may forged gentle from completely different angles, providing you with the general impact it is advisable to loosen up the house.”