Subtle Brilliance: Recessed Lighting For Remarkable Results

Subtle Brilliance: Recessed Lighting For Remarkable Results

Some light-fixtures, like chandeliers or pendant lamps, are made for display purposes, to advertise their gorgeous designs and materials as they try to win our praise.  Others, like potted or recessed lights, are meant to be slyly concealed.

So why would anyone want to hide these sources of illumination?  Because recessed lighting creates a smoother look that adds to the overall flow of a room: in short, they radiate but never disrupt.  Unlike the highly lavish chandelier, which is sometimes ornamented with crystals and shimmering glass, potted lights are built right into the ceiling for the opposite effect—to illuminate but never dominate.

But that doesn't mean recessed lighting is purely functional.  In fact, when placed in the right environment they can be quite charming, as these following examples reveal.

1) Continuous Flows

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We can see the subtlety of potted lights at play here.  Because this room uses copious amounts of gray, the glowing white squares in the ceiling provide necessary illumination without breaking that colour flow.

Yet because there are so many of these potted lights, they do have a certain low-key, star-like appeal.

2) Understated Effects

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The potted lights in this bathroom are barely noticeable, but the illumination they deliver is more than ample.  Small and round, their silver border allows them to easily blend into the gray ceiling.  However, the presence of a bathroom mirror doubles their illumination, turning two lights into four and increasing their luster.

3) Glow With The Flow

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Here we see the versatile nature of recessed lighting.  They're perfect for any space, whether it's a living room, bathroom or, in this case, a bedroom.  While a regular light-fixture mounted on the ceiling would have provided the same amount of brightness, it would have broken the smooth, graceful lines of this room.

But by using recessed lighting, the bedroom maintains its sleek and clean-cut appearance.

4) Slick & Shiny

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This glossy, ultra-modern interior needs recessed lighting to achieve its full effect.  Given its sleek, highly polished aesthetic, any other light-fixture would interrupt the silken-smooth appearance to which it aspires.

Besides the potted variety, this home also uses concealed recessed lighting to produce a radiant yellow border which further intensifies its futuristic design.

5) Brilliant Contrasts

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While many homes use recessed lighting for an understated look, this one uses it for attention.  By setting the lights into those long black stripes, the resulting contrast quickly distinguishes itself in our eyes.  It's also worth noting that since the black bands are naturally glossy, the fallout from the potted lamps makes them all the more luminous.

6) Blazing Bright

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It makes sense that a walk-in closet of this size requires powerful illumination.  Though small, these six potted lights provide more than the necessary amount, which is perfect if you need to see yourself in the mirror when putting on makeup or coordinating wardrobe.

7) Decadent Desires

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There are so many reasons why recessed lighting is perfect for this interior, one of which is the use of bigger potted lamps for greater illumination.  That—coupled with the concealed fluorescent square of silver and the perfect symmetry and spacing of the potted lights—results in a brilliant optical display.  This use of silver, almost heavenly light also provides a delicious contrast to the rich violet hues of the ceiling.

Here, recessed lighting isn't meant to be hidden away.  It's supposed to be the star attraction.

You probably won't find too many instances of recessed lighting in a Victorian home, but they do make wonderful additions to more contemporary interiors.  Incredibly functional and unobtrusive, these exquisite sources of illumination can fit any space, while also bringing a dash of refinement and style to a home.



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