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Home Lighting Help

October 18th, 2012

Home Lighting Help

The way a room is  lit can make all the difference in the ambiance.  A warmly lit room feels more comfortable then one that is improperly lit.  In a future post, we’ll talk about using skylights and windows to increase the natural lighting.  In this post, we hope to inspire you as well as give you a checklist of things to think about as you adjust a room for perfect lighting.

Choosing the Perfect Lighting for Your Home has a post offering seven tips for choosing the perfect lighting for your home.

Determine what your lighting goals are: Direct or task lighting is focused in the space you are trying to work. Ambient or indirect lighting is used for ambiance and for overall lighting of a space. Once chosen you can begin to choose lighting options.  Each room in your home should have a mood you want to set, as well as a function you want your lighting to serve.

Some of the tips were:

  • Use exterior wall sconces for décor
  • Provide lighting for safety and security on the exterior of your home
  • Inside your home use multiple light sources for one space:
  • For high ceilings and modern décor use recessed lighting
  • In nurseries and kid’s rooms, remember night lighting
  • In formal living and dining areas, research chandeliers wisely

Need Inspiration?

Pottery Barn has a page displaying some of their lighting fixtures and ways to incorporate them. It’s inspiring to see how they can be used in a real home rather then just seeing them in a store display.

Need more detail?

WikiHow has a very comprehensive checklist organized by room. It will get you thinking about how a room is going to be used, and how you want the lights to be a part of that room.

An Interior Decorator’s Point of View

Some of the other resources were from a more practical standpoint. Here, an interior decorator discusses how to best incorporate lighting fixtures to pull a room together.

A successful lighting scheme that meets practical needs and creates atmosphere plays an important part in establishing the style and character of your home.

There’s more to home lighting than a central ceiling fixture backed up by a couple of wall or table lamps. A well-planned lighting scheme should be both practical and decorative.


You could change a room’s feel just by swapping out or moving around your existing lamps.  What will you try first?

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