hair salon lighting by deborah nicholson lighting and interiors

Lights, Scissors, Shampoo!

In a hair salon, perfect lighting is CRITICAL.  From the stylist’s perspective, every angle of their client’s head and face must be evenly lit with a quality of light that renders the client’s hair colour exactly as it will be seen in out in the real world.  From the client’s point of view, they must be lit in a flattering manner for all the obvious reasons. Most women have had to sit in a stylist’s chair, mortified by her reflection in the mirror.  Age-inducing cross lighting and nasty overhead light reeking havoc on her self esteem.   Many of us have…

Well Done! Contemporary Lighting

If you were to ask me to summarize what makes me so passionate about lighting design, I would have to say, “It’s the satisfaction of creating beauty, harmony and functionality that positively affects the lives of my clients each and every day.” Here is a selection of images that recent lighting clients (let’s call them C and S) graciously agreed to let me photograph and showcase here.  This lovely couple knew they liked clean and modern lighting but beyond that, they didn’t know how to pull it together.  I’m honoured that they trusted me to determine placement and selections to…

Inspired Ways to Light Stairs

For safety reasons, stairs need to be lit properly in all buildings, including your home.  Often, in renovations and new builds, I see that little to no thought is directed toward how this could be done.  Here are some brilliant ideas to light your stairs in creative and beautiful, yet functional ways. LED Tape Light on the underside of a handrail.  An elegant solution.       Install directional lights above the stairs.  This can be a tricky solution.  It works best if the wall is textured, as the lighting will accentuate the wall.  Angles and placement need to be…

Recessed Lighting for Kitchens

Recessed lights, like all directional lights, make for excellent task lighting.  They’re designed to direct light onto surfaces.   Sadly, sometimes we see recessed lights laid out in even, tidy rows on the ceiling in an effort to achieve ambient lighting.  This grid approach certainly does light things up, but the effect is flat and the ceiling becomes a swiss cheese distraction.   We’ve all found ourselves, at a social gathering, sitting or standing under one of those lights, having a hard time looking through the veiled glare from above and feeling very much like we’re about to be interrogated.  Conversely,…