How to Choose the Right Lighting

Choosing the proper lighting for your living space is a key element to making your room look it’s best.  Proper lighting enables you to perform tasks more effectively, makes you feel safe and comfortable, and helps set the mood in your space.

Lighting, when it’s done right, is rarely noticed, but when the lighting is poor, you notice it immediately.

When choosing the appropriate lighting fixtures, it’s important to determine what your lighting goals are.  Here are a few tips on how to incorporate the 3 layers of lighting in each room:

  1. AMBIENT (indirect) Lighting – This is the most common type of lighting and is usually the first lighting chosen for a room.  It’s used for ambiance and overall lighting of a space, by filling it with a flat, natural light.
  • Lighting Types: recessed ceiling lights; chandeliers and pendants; wall sconces and wall lights.
  1. TASK (direct) Lighting – This is usually a smaller, more focused light, used to illuminate a space where you are trying to work or perform a task.
  • Lighting Types: under-cabinet lighting in a kitchen; floor lamp next to a reading chair; vanity light above a mirror in the bathroom; desk lamp.

  1. ACCENT Lighting – This is used to add drama to a room and to illuminate pieces you want to display or highlight, while leaving other areas in shadow.
  • Lighting Types: table lamps; picture lights; recessed or track lighting with adjustable fittings.

Whether you’re planning a whole-house makeover, or just want to improve the lighting in a particular room, a good lighting plan will enhance every room in your home and make it feel warm and inviting.

Article Written By: Beatrice Espinola 

Design Consultant at Decorium,

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