Add ribbons or cord to tie back the canopy if you wish. Materials of different weights, weaves and colours produce very different effects, so experiment before settling on a particular fabric. Be generous with the amount of material you use as a feeling of fullness adds to the effect.
Planning a scheme
When you are choosing a colour scheme for any room in your home, the first thing to take into account is how that room will be used and, thus, the type of lighting you will need. Light is very important in a room because it affects colours and makes them seem lighter or darker. Natural light from windows will change the appearance of colours at different times of the day – enlivening them in the morning sun and gradually toning them down as the day progresses.
Artificial lights also affect the colours in a room, making them look lighter or darker. They can also play tricks with colours, sometimes causing dramatic changes at, literally, the flick of a switch. Above right The bold pattern and coloration of this pair of table lamps emphasizes the enclosed, intimate atmosphere of this living room. Below The shape of this room dell/a lids a variety of lighting types to produce all euen scheme ouerall. Time of day How you incorporate lighting into your room scheme will probably depend on when and how that area is most used. A bedroom, for example, is usually the eas- iest room to plan, since it will be used in artificial light for the greater part of the year.
A dining room is also reasonably straightforward. This room is most often used for evening meals, in which case it is the evening light that you need to consider when planning a scheme. Living room lighting In the majority of homes, the most difficult room of all to create a lighting scheme for will be the main living room. This is because the living room will be in use for a number of hours during the day time, as well as at night. Much will also depend on whether the room has a bright or a gloomy aspect. If it is a sunny room, you can choose cool blues and greens and rely on warm, artificial lighting in the evening.