How Lighting Affects Alzheimer’s

As America ages, the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s is becoming more prevalent. Research continues on both the cause and treatment of the condition, focusing on the best methods for increasing Alzheimer’s patient care and comfort.

In a recent article by Residential Lighting, the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Lighting Research Center has done extensive research showing that abnormal sleep patterns in Alzheimer’s patients are frequently caused by inadequate lighting levels which increase agitation, depression and intensified disease progression.


What is Americana Style?

If you like to tweak your home décor on a regular basis, then odds are you’ll be taking advantage of the long Labor Day weekend to get ready for autumn. You can do this by introducing some Americana style elements to your home. Americana style tends to use the red, white and blue colors of the American flag as well as classic American farmhouse and colonial furniture. The following are some ways to add Americana style elements:

The Flag – There’s nothing more American than the American Flag. Hang one up on one of your walls, and be sure to light it well from above using recessed lights. Additional table lamps (as seen below) and pendant lighting can help bring out the details. Upholstery – Place a few white and blue pillows of different patterns on your red couch. Quilt – For an inviting Americana feel, hang an antique quilt with worn red, white and blue colors above your couch.

What could be more Americana than a tiffany lamp?  This piece pays homage to this timeless style collection which features a handcrafted, genuine art glass shade created in rich jewel tones.  Be sure to check out this lamp as well as Quoizel’s other Americana style decorative lighting.


A Professional Lighting Designer is a “Bright Idea” for your Remodel

When you are renovating, it is important to make sure that all of your contracting bases are covered which should include a professional lighting designer.  Decorative lighting is a major aspect of home décor and design. The design and placement of the lighting should reflect the design of the room and the lighting should enhance the room’s decorative elements.  Here are a few reasons why you should consider a professional lighting designer for your remodeling project.

With so much variety in lighting today, a professional lighting designer will help you navigate the different types of lighting available, ensuring the room achieves the look and atmosphere you are trying to create.  The professional will work with you to realize your lighting dreams on your budget. They will help you get the best quality light for that amount of money. 


What do you want the room to reflect?

Mirrors bring light and add depth to any room.  A mirror can add light to darkened spaces while making a space appear larger than what it really is.   

Quoizel, known for its beautiful lighting, understands that mirrors paired with lighting can create special effects.  Hanging a large framed mirror on a wall can reflect the light from a chandelier showing off a kaleidoscope of colors.  A mirror can also reflect the view of an adjacent garden, art work or candles creating a warm, inviting glow that will create softer lighting and give it an intimate feel.  Take your time and plan out what your mirrors will be reflecting.  You want to make sure your mirror is reflecting an attractive image and that you are getting the best possible benefits from all angles.


Double Up Your Dining Room Chandeliers

Hanging a chandelier over your dining room table is a fantastic way to add elegance to the overall design of the room. But have you ever thought about installing two chandeliers instead of one? Check out the following situations in which two chandeliers might be just the trick to make your dining room shine.

  • Long Dining Tables – If you have a long dining room table, then a single chandelier is going to feel very strange hanging over the middle. You could install a larger fixture to accommodate the length, but this might prove to be an eyesore. Instead, use two chandeliers. This will help provide symmetry to a space that is asking for it, and it will better light the table.