Building & Renovating

Reader Question: How Do I Install Cove Lights?

Design expert Lilli Beth Gelvezon emphasizes the importance of cove lights in the home

Photography: Dairy Darilag

Q: We decided to put cove lights and pin lights in our living and dining rooms. For cove lights, is it advisable to paint or varnish the wood bracket where the lights will be installed, or should we just leave it plain white? We're planning to color the walls and ceiling white or light beige.—Edgardo Marcelo

A: Cove lighting is a good way to add depth and interest to a room. If you're planning to paint your ceiling white or light beige, you should just leave the wood bracket plain white. The brackets of your cove lights are meant to be invisible anyway, since they have more of a functional than a decorative purpose.

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