If you're looking for a way to add soft ambient lighting to an area of your home or office, rope lights are a great way to provide accent lighting without the harshness of focused spotlights or lamps.
In the above photo Melinda, an Apartment Therapy reader, put rope lights behind her headboard to cast a warm glow up the wall and provide subdued bedroom lighting. While rope lights have a pleasant warm colour to them to begin with, the deep red colour of the walls certainly doesn't hurt.
Rope lights can also be placed above cabinets for soft down-lighting or beneath furniture for a diffused floor-level light. If you're looking for interesting new lighting ideas, take a stroll through our Featured Workspaces to find quite a variety of novel ways for using subtle — and not so subtle! — lighting.
Have your own favourite way for varying and enhancing the lighting in your home or office? Let's hear about it in the comments.
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