Hiring a lighting designer may not be on the top of your list, but it should be. To learn about the difference good lighting can make, we spoke with lighting designer Peter O’Malley of Staged Right Productions, 410-737-1385, staged-right.com. Techniques such as uplighting where small lighting fixtures are placed on the ground to illuminate walls, pillars and ceilings can be dramatic on architectural features. Color can be used to make a space feel larger or more intimate than it really is. "You can do this by altering the color and intensity of lighting around a space’s perimeter," he says. Color "washes" on the walls can also affect the overall ambiance, just as painting the walls would in your own home.