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A Warm Glow

A couple wished to update the drab master bedroom of their otherwise refurbished Cape Cod-style house. They called in Andreas Charalambous, who transformed the space by combining sycamore-paneled walls and built-ins with a careful lighting plan. “If the lighting is wrong,” he says, “you can’t appreciate a beautiful design.”

 

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There was one light bulb above the bed, which made things difficult for the wife, who likes to read before going to sleep.Recessed halogens are strategically placed above the bed and sconces to either side make reading in bed easy and convenient.
The room felt cold and uninviting, with no indirect lighting to impart warmth.Layered halogen and LED lights create a sense of warmth and soften the mood in the room. All lights are on dimmers so the owners can control the level of light at all times.
The big, cluttered space was inconvenient and poorly defined.Paneling and built-ins conceal clutter and task lighting illuminates such areas of the room as the glass display shelf and built-in desk.

 

ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN: ANDREAS CHARALAMBOUS, AIA, IIDA, and JUAN MARTIN GUTIERREZ, FORMA Design, Inc., Washington, DC. CONTRACTOR: MCA Remodeling, Montgomery Village, Maryland. PHOTOGRAPHY: GEOFFREY HODGDON.