How To Light Your Room
Lighting is an essential element to room design. Use a mix of lighting sources in combination with the room's natural light to maximize function, eliminate dark corners and set a mood.Shop All Lighting
Layer your lighting
Start with primary lighting.
Think of this as the first light you turn on when you walk into a room. It's the primary source of light and provides overall brightness for the space.Shop Primary Lighting
Add accent lighting.
Accent lighting creates an inviting ambience while brightening dark corners. It can also be used to highlight artwork or architectural features.Shop Accent Lighting
Include task lighting.
Often associated with desk lamps, task lighting is also found in many pendants, sconces and floor lamps that provide direct, focused illumination.Shop Task Lighting
Lighting tips by room
Considerations for every room
- Think about other light sources in your room, including overhead or recessed lights and natural light from windows or skylights, and how the light changes throughout the day.
- Lighting with a three-way socket or dimmer switch allows you to adjust the light level, making it more versatile.
- Use lightbulbs with the same color temperature throughout a room for consistency.
Living room lighting ideas
- Position table lamps or floor lamps so the bottom of the lampshade is just below eye level when you're seated. This will help you avoid looking directly into the lightbulb.
- Any pendant you might walk beneath should be a minimum of seven feet from the floor, or a foot taller than the tallest person in your home.
- Place task lighting next to areas where you often read or do similar work.
- Flushmount or semi-flushmount fixtures are a smart solution in rooms with lower ceilings.
Dining room and kitchen lighting ideas
- The diameter of your light fixtures should be about 12" less than the width of your table or island for the best use of space.
- When hanging pendants over a dining table or kitchen island, leave 28"-34" between the tabletop and the bottom of the fixture for a clear view under the pendants and to avoid staring directly into a bright bulb.
Bedroom lighting ideas
- Task lighting is great for reading in bed. When using a desk or table lamp, remember to place it so you're not looking right into the bulb when lying down.
- Free up valuable nightstand space by using wall sconces or pendants next to your bed.
- Flushmount or semi-flushmount fixtures are a smart choice in bedrooms with lower ceilings.
- Using a pendant with a diffuser or a fixture that directs light upward will keep the light from shining directly into your eyes.
Office lighting ideas
- Position desk lamps to minimize glare or hot spots on your computer monitor and work surfaces.
- Home offices tend to be multi-use rooms. Add primary lighting for even illumination that supports a variety of activities.
- Smaller desks require lamps with a small footprint while larger workspaces benefit from a single lamp with an adjustable arm or multiple lamps.
Space-saving Lighting Ideas
- Hang a pendant to provide soft, all-over lighting in smaller spaces. It provides the same type of light as a floor lamp without taking up the square footage.
- Wall sconces are perfect in pairs or on their own as additional light sources. Many of our sconces have sleek silhouettes to save wall space.
- Tandem wall and ceiling mounts make it easy to hang pendants without having to hardwire. Simply run your pendant into the Tandem mount and attach it to the wall.
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