Accent lighting is used to create a focus in a room, adding contrast and giving the room a bit more definition. Accent lighting can be used in a variety of ways, including uplighting, down lighting, anything which can be used to highlight key features in the room.
When planning how to use accent lighting in a room, it is important to ensure only a few focal points are highlighted to create the contrast accent lighting should achieve. Achieving a good balance of lighting is a room is essential to create a pleasant environment.
Accent lighting is mostly used when lighting pictures. Picture lighting is important but must be considered carefully. When lighting a picture a lot of things must be considered such as the heat and reflection off the glass on the front of a mirror.