Lighting Tips for any Room

Every room is different and requires unique lighting sources, however, there are a few basic lighting tips that can be transferred from room-to-room.

Decorative and Fixture Lighting – Decorative light’s main purpose in a space is not to simply light the area. The objective of a decorative lighting piece is to compliment the room’s décor as well as light the area. The fixture’s style, color and overall look are the most important with regards to decorative lighting. For example, if you’re room is a rustic style space, then choose a table or floor lamp that extenuates the room’s features – dark or neutral colors – even a wood base would work great for a rustic style room.

A decorative light like this Uttermost Ceiling pendant light would serve as a great decorative rustic light-source.

rustic light

Accent Lighting -- Accent lighting is used to draw a person’s focus to a certain area or decorative piece in your room. If you have a nice painting on your wall, use accent light around it – it will offer a nice, warm color to your space.

Task Lighting – Unlike decorative lighting, task lighting’s main purpose is to appropriately light a space. This type of lighting is aimed at supporting different activities you may do in each room -- such as cooking, reading or working. This type of light should not be your main source of light.

Depending on the type of need your room presents, this Trend Lighting table lamp would serve as a perfect reading lamp in a bedroom or living room.


Finally, ambient lighting – Ambient lighting should be used as the basic or overall source of light for any space in your home. It can serve as a ‘replacement’ for natural light when you are indoors.

Every room in your home will require different types of light, use these types of lighting as a basic guide for each of your spaces – and don’t forget, when it’s available, include nature lighting in your room as well!

Nan and EJ Mehl

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