Dining Room: Chandeliers over the dining table are a traditional look for the dining room. Choose from styles a variety of styles ranging from classic round shapes with exposed bulbs to opulent glass or metal designs with shielded bulbs. Or, line coordinating wall lighting fixtures down the length of the room. The sconces provide dimmer, more atmospheric lighting, while pendants spotlight the dining table and have greater reach.
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Kitchen: Ceiling light fixtures are also ideal for the kitchen, another area often in need of ample light. Consider hanging a pendant directly over your kitchen island for task lighting. Styles with exposed bulbs not only provide enough illumination to make food prep safe and easy—they fit perfectly with the rustic, utilitarian vibe of a well-used kitchen.
A floor lamp shade’s diameter should be approximately ? the height of the lamp (it’s slope or shape is up to you). The base of a bedside lamp shade should be below your line of sight or 16 to 18 inches from the top of the mattress. This will provide the right amount of task lighting for reading in bed. For pendant lighting, add up the length and width of the room in feet and use the same number in inches for the diameter of the pendant shade. Or, for more adventurous designers, you can forget the rules and choose an oversize shade with a unique shape to create drama.
Now that you’ve found the right fixture, here are a few tips to make the most of your lighting:
Pendant lights are best over tables and counters. Sconces are symmetrically placed, flanking a focal point such as a large mirror or mantle. Spotlights highlight art works and architectural details. Table and floor lamps help rooms that need to transition from one use to the next—such as home offices that double as bedrooms, or living rooms that go from reading rooms to entertaining areas. Lamps are the most versatile lighting fixture, and having a mix of light sources at different levels creates ambience and appropriate task lighting for a layered look.
Similar to desk lamps, pharmacy lamps are designed to provide light to a specific area. Pharmacy lamps come in both desk and floor versions, and many options have adjustable capabilities, making it easy to change up the placement and intensity of the light.
Hallway: Because hallways aren’t spaces we spend a lot of time in, they only require adequate brightness for us to pass through. Installation of a couple of wall lighting fixtures on either side of the hall should do the trick. Much like in the entryway, you can set up a table lamp on a console table, so long as the light of the bulb reaches both ends of the hall.
Bedroom: A table lamp on your nightstand will provide ample light for nighttime reading and writing. If you sleep with a partner in a queen- or king-sized bed, position a second lamp in a matching design on the other bedside table as well, so that each can control his own light. Place a floor lamp in a corner of your room near the dresser or boudoir to illuminate the tabletop. If you have an armchair or reading nook in your bedroom, arrange the floor lighting to illuminate it, as well.
Pendant lights provide overhead illumination while making a design statement. Because they hang from the ceiling, hardwire installation is more labor-intensive and may require a professional. But once a pendant light is in, it doesn’t take up any table or floor space and covers a larger amount of the room. Pendant lights come in a range of styles, with everything from large diffusers to wire spheres making a statement. Exposed, vintage-style light bulbs make an impact as well.
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Because they are attached to the wall and take up minimal space, sconces are ideal for small areas that need light, such as entryways and hallways. But they also serve as a space-saving solution for bedrooms and living rooms. There are an array of styles available, from smaller sconces that stay close to the wall to long-armed sconces to adjustable options. Keep in mind that many sconces will require a professional to hardwire it into the wall.
Entryway: Wall lighting fixtures are the easiest option for this space, as they don’t crowd the floor, which can be limited in entryways. A hanging chandelier pendant is a classic way to illuminate the whole area and add an elegant piece of classic-looking decor. Alternatively, install a pair of coordinating wall sconces. The wall fixtures will draw the eye to entryway furniture and wall decor like mirrors. Finish the space with a simple table lamp on the table for soft, serene home lighting.
When it comes to lighting, a little attention to detail can enhance the look and feel of your home and make day-to-day tasks easier.
When selecting multiple fixtures for a room, consider mixing metals. It can add a quick pop of texture and color. If placing two different fixtures in one room, heed the two-inch rule: The overall height of both lamps shouldn’t be more than two inches apart.
This will help keep the room cohesive while still eclectic. When considering lampshades, remember that dark colors are best suited for mood lighting and décor, and less useful for task lighting.
Just like music and temperature, the lighting can make—or break—a room. Too bright and you almost can’t relax; too dim and it’s sleep-inducing. Fortunately, there are lighting ideas to suit every space in your home. What you’ll need depends on a number of elements, including available space, types of light desired, required maintenance and personal style.
The function of task lighting combines with the style of a floor lamp in this fixture. The light is directed where it’s needed, but the long shape and dramatic arc make it a focal point in any room.
Designed to illuminate smaller areas and provide light exactly where you need it, a desk or task lamp works well for specific tasks such as reading, writing, drawing or other stationary projects. As the name indicates, these lamps are normally placed upon another piece of furniture such as a nightstand, credenza or—naturally—a desk.
Bathroom: The most important factor to keep in mind when choosing bathroom lighting fixtures is safety—is the model you chose approved for bathroom use? Sconces are the most common bathroom fixture. Recreate a Hollywood-style vanity mirror by flanking the fixtures on either side of the mirror over the sink.
Lighting is an essential component in any home, and adding sophisticated lighting fixtures is an easy way to elevate your home’s decor. From entryways and hallways to kitchens, dining rooms, bedrooms and bathrooms, find table lamps, wall sconces, floor lamps and more to complement your personal style. Read on to discover tips and advice for adding lighting fixtures to any room of your home.
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The best part about layering different types of lighting is the flexibility it gives the space in terms of function. One room can instantly serve multiple purposes, so homes with limited square footage can be maximized. If you’re in the planning stages of new home construction or have a renovation on the horizon, install dimmers on all the light switches. When each day is nearing its end, dim the overhead lighting, switch on the table lamps, pendants and sconces throughout the space, and enjoy the sudden lift of stress as the sun sets.
TIP: Adding mirrors that reflect the light will make any space appear instantly larger.
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In the living room, use a combination of table lamps and floor lamps to create a soothing effect. When lighting the dining room, make the table the brightest spot in the room with a large, attention-grabbing pendant. Go for a cozy feel when lighting the bedroom, with sconces on either side of the bed with tinted-low wattage bulbs to mimic candlelight. In the kitchen, the brighter, the better. In addition to recessed ceiling lighting and pendants over the kitchen island, a more casual pendant over the breakfast nook and sconces on either side of the doorway make sense too.
Hanging lights and table lamps need to be the right dimensions in order to create a cohesive look. Kitchen pendants should clear the head of the tallest family member and not obstruct views. General rule is 36 to 48 inches from the top of the counter. Start the row of lights 12 to 15 inches from either end of the island or table and space them evenly within that span. The chandelier in the dining room should be hung 36-48 inches above the table. Choose the lower number for more intimacy. The fixture should be one-half to three-quarters the width of the table.
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Living Room: Because it’s likely one of your most expansive rooms, you can utilize all kinds of home lighting fixtures in the living room, giving each section its own illumination and feel. Floor lamps can be arranged behind or to the side of the sofa. Use sleek, modern arc lamps to extend lighting out over the sofa or another chair or table. Table lamps can be positioned on an end table, behind the sofa on a console table, on a side table near an armchair or on a media console shelf.
It’s kind of an industry secret: many professional interior designers prioritize lighting above all else—and for good reason. With just a flick of a switch, a space can transition easily from a stimulating, productive office to a relaxing, romantic evening in by the fire. Choose from pendants, chandeliers, task lamps, art spotlights, exterior string lights…there are many ways to set the mood in a moment. Here are some lighting ideas to try in your own home to create a dramatic setting for you and your guests.