Lighting is essential for any home; we can hardly function without it, especially at night. But having light fixtures is one thing – choosing the right light fixtures is another. The light fixtures you select can make a big impact and a major difference in how your home looks and is perceived, particularly when it comes to different areas such as your hallway, your living room, your kitchen, and so on. Good lighting design is essential, but choosing lighting is not easy if you want to make it absolutely right. Here, then, is your all-important guide to selecting the proper lighting for the different rooms in your home.
- Your hallway or entryway
For your hallway or entryway, one of the best choices is a floor lamp – place the lamp in a corner and give the space additional ‘mood’ lighting and a welcoming ambience. Another option, most notably for large hallways or entryways, is a pendant light or ceiling light which is a great example of contemporary lighting and which can give the area a more dramatic yet welcoming look. If you want lighting which can instantly grab attention, you can also opt for a chandelier, particularly if the space is big. Chandeliers can also lend a more elegant appeal to your hallway or entryway, and they can be a timeless and sophisticated choice. Remember that the lighting you choose for your hallway or entryway plays a significant role because it can contribute to how inviting your home looks. If your hallway or entryway has artwork on the walls, you can also accentuate this with the use of accent lighting such as wall sconces, downlights, or recessed lights.
- Your living room
For your living room, a big pendant light or chandelier can suffice for ambient lighting, as it gives general illumination and can also serve as a focal point. But when choosing a pendant light or chandelier, make sure that it is the right style for the room; a classic style will go with a classic light fixture, for example. If you have a ceiling fan in your living room, you can add to the room’s depth and ambience with spotlights around the fan, and you can use table and floor lamps to give your living room an entirely different mood or ambience in seconds. For highlighting details or artwork, you can also use sconces or recessed lighting. Here’s another living room essential: a dimmer switch. You won’t regret having it, and it definitely transforms the room from an active space one minute to a more relaxing space the next.
- Your dining room
When it comes to your dining room, low-hanging pendant lights are ideal, particularly for the dining table. You can also choose a chandelier, as long as it is the appropriate size for the table and space. The good news about your dining room is that it is relatively easy to ‘light’ compared to other rooms such as the living space, simply because you already have a focal point in the space: the dining table. If you want, you can also add accent lighting or task lighting; this is useful if you want to accentuate a feature or decorative element in the room.
- Your kitchen
For your kitchen, you should think about having a central light but also a few more lighting fixtures spread around the room. Pendant lights are ideal, and you can install more than one – in fact, three or four pendant lights above a kitchen island are attractive and quite elegant and sophisticated. The kitchen can benefit from different types of lighting, from task lighting to accent lighting to ambient lighting, so you can have different combinations such as a chandelier and pendants, spotlights in the corners or along the edges, and so on.
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