Effective Ways To Use Home Lighting In
Interior Decorating

Home lighting is arguably the most important element in home interior decorating. It is instrumental in setting the mood of any room.

It can convey warmth and intimacy or create the right atmosphere for entertaining.

To ensure that you will achieve the desired effect for your rooms, it is important that you first understand the four basic types of home lighting.

  1. Ambient or general lighting - illuminates the whole room. You probably notice it from recessed and track lighting. Certain wall sconces are yet another example. I recommend that you install a dimmer with your track and recessed lights so that you have the added flexibility in adjusting the brightness.

  2. Task lighting - provides sufficient light to help you perform the task at hand, e.g., reading, cooking, shaving, etc. Task lighting should be glare free. And it should make things easy to see without tiring or straining your eyes.

  3. Accent lighting - is focused lighting that is used to illuminate a sculpture, piece of art, or architectural element in a room. Accent lighting is about three times as bright as ambient lighting.

  4. Natural lighting - comes through windows, doors, and skylights. Depending on the time of day, season, or weather, it can vary in brightness and intensity.
To make a room look beautiful, you really need to have a good understanding of lighting. This brief video tutorial will teach you how to choose the correct lighting for your home and determine the amount of wattage needed in a particular room. Check it out. (Note: The video uses meters rather than feet in making certain calculations. So 1 meter=3.28 feet.)

As you saw in the video, there's more to lighting a room than just hanging a chandelier. Before you make your purchase, you should create a layout of the room and think about which and what types of fixtures will be located where.

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Don't be afraid to use multiple types of interior lighting in a room. In fact this is highly desirable and will create very dramatic effects.

Lighting can also be helpful in making a room look larger or smaller. For example, if a room seems too narrow, then wash one wall with light to visually expand it.

If a ceiling is high, but you want the room to have a more intimate and cozy feel, don't allow much light to escape beyond the height of the light/lamp shade.

And if you want to make a small room look larger, try up-lighting the ceiling.

Room-By-Room Home Lighting Ideas

You'll find that there are literally hundreds of home lighting options for your home. Think of lighting from two aspects….functional and aesthetic.

Functionally, home lighting needs to provide the correct type of light in sufficient quantity for the intended purpose. Aesthetically, it can be configured to create the desired mood through its intensity and color.

Below are some ideas for lighting the various rooms in your home. And if you're interested in learning which light bulbs are best suited for your lighting fixtures, click here... Home Lighting Fixtures.

Living Rooms

  • Place a lamp behind every reader's shoulder…about 42 inches above the floor. Click on this link for ideas on re-energizing outdated Table Lamps.
  • Highlight a framed piece of art with halogen track lighting or by attaching a picture light
  • Use accent lights to illuminate book or display shelves.
  • Install recessed lighting as your general lighting or to bring out beautiful wall textures (use a dimmer)
  • Slim strip lights come in just about any length and can stick to the edge of shelves or ledges to highlight displays or provide a soft wash to a wall
  • A grid of recessed ceiling cans will provide great general lighting
  • Install individual recessed down-lights as task lighting for the sink and range
  • Place halogen pendant lights over bars and counters
  • Under-cabinet lights make excellent task lighting
To see how lighting can make an impact on your kitchen, watch this video. I also think the information is good because you'll gain a further understanding of why all rooms in your home need to have multiple types of lighting.

Dining Rooms
  • A chandelier over the dining room table creates a beautiful setting (use a dimmer)
  • Highlight a framed piece of art with halogen track lighting or by attaching a picture light
  • Install halogen strip lighting your china cabinet to highlight china or collectibles
  • If a chandelier is not your taste and you have a long table, try a trio of pendant lights
  • Place table lamps on your bedside tables. (For children's rooms, avoid halogen lamps which can get very hot.)
  • Wall sconces can provide good general lighting without being too bright
  • If there is not much space, consider recessed lights or pendant lights
  • Don't forget candlelight if a romantic setting is what you have in mind
  • Use shadow-free fluorescent or incandescent lights around mirrors for grooming
  • To avoid heavy shadows, place mirror lights on the side rather than directly overhead
  • Don't forget to install a nightlight

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