You’ve spent hours looking at paint swatches and flooring samples. You agonized over the perfect furnishings and accent pieces. Did you forget about the lights?
Lighting in your home doesn’t only help you see, it creates atmosphere. The right light fixtures also complement your unique design style.
If you’ve wondered whether there’s a secret formula people use when they choose home lighting, we can promise you there are no secrets.
In fact, we’ll share our favorite tips about how to choose the right ceiling light fixture for your home in this article.
Start with Function
Before you start a light fixture shopping spree, decide on the lighting plans for the rooms where you’ll install the new lights. Lighting plans help you understand what function light will play in each of your rooms.
Most rooms utilize three sources of light:
Ambient lighting provides the main source of lighting in the rooms of your home. This type of light illuminates the entire room.
Its name says it all—if you need light for activities like reading or crafting, task lighting does the job. Task lighting includes reading lamps, vanity lights in a bathroom, and under-cabinet lights in a kitchen or workshop.
Finally, accent lighting draws attention. An accent light highlights a focal point. For example, if you display a piece of artwork or a special family heirloom, you can use an accent light and draw focus to that item.
Now that we’ve learned about types of light, let’s look at light for the heart of the home—the kitchen.
Light Up the Kitchen
Most homeowners spend hours selecting kitchen cabinets, wall colors, and appliances. Kitchen lighting often ends up on the back burner.
The kitchen is one of the most functional rooms in your home. Lighting selection for this room should be a priority, not an afterthought.
When choosing light fixtures for the kitchen think about the overall design of the room.
Is the style of the kitchen contemporary, rustic, or minimalist? If you chose simple design details, make a statement with a bold lighting fixture. For kitchens with several design elements such as patterned countertops and backsplash, choose a light fixture with a subtle design.
Lighting in a kitchen sets the mood. Since the kitchen is often considered the heart of the home, use lighting to make the mood in the room feel cozy and inviting.
If you spend just a few minutes learning more about these lights, you’ll enjoy spending more time in all your rooms with friends and family.
Illumination for the Bedroom
Bedrooms aren’t only for sleeping. Most people only spend 6-8 hours sleeping in a darkened bedroom.
What happens during the other hours you spend there? Reading, relaxing, and for some, a little romancing. You likely also use your bedroom as a place where you get dressed and get ready for bed.
To have a well-lit bedroom, you’ll want several layers of light. The light from ceiling fixtures provides your ambient light. A few popular overhead fixtures for bedrooms include:
- Flush Mount
Flush mount fixtures work well in rooms with low ceilings (9 feet or less). For a room with ceilings 10 feet and higher, consider installing trendy pendant lighting.
We’ll talk about chandeliers in a minute but for now, here’s one more thing about ceiling fixtures. In the bedroom, always choose a frosted or marble fixture with a covered bottom. This prevents glare caused by focusing your eyes on a bright light bulb.
Whether you choose flush mount, semi-flush mount, pendant, or chandelier lighting, look for a fixture that complements your design style.
Also, consider the size. For a large bedroom, choose a large fixture. A large bedroom is often the ideal setting for a chandelier. If your bedroom is small, choose a small, simple fixture.
Now, about those chandeliers. Chandeliers, often considered the most formal style of lighting fixture, add a touch of glamorous drama to any bedroom. While you likely won’t want a large formal fixture hanging in the middle of your bedroom, a smaller chandelier is an excellent choice.
The Perfect Bathroom Light
Ambient light is usually the main source of illumination for bathrooms. Ceiling lights do a great job of providing ambient light for the entire bathroom.
You have a wide range of choices for bathroom ceiling lights including:
- Pendant Lights
- Flush Mount
- Semi-Flush Mount
If you have a high ceiling in the bathroom and you love decorative lighting, why not hang a chandelier? Pendant lights also work in rooms with higher ceilings. Hint: Install chandeliers and pendant lighting a minimum of 3 feet from bathtubs and showers for safety reasons.
For bathrooms with low ceilings, go with a flush or semi-flush mount fixture. These lights install directly onto your ceiling and don’t take up much space.
Let’s All Gather Under the Light
Your living room is a multi-functional room where a wide range of activities take place. On any given evening you may entertain friends, relax with a good book, or hang out on the couch and watch a movie.
Like the bedroom, living and family rooms come to life when you use multiple lighting layers.
Maybe you have a collection of family photos or a bookshelf filled with antique books. Bar lighting, considered a ceiling fixture, is a great choice for showcasing artwork, photos, and collectibles.
After you select your task and accent lighting, focus on your ambient lighting fixtures. The living room is the perfect place for both pendant lighting and chandeliers.
Both types of light fixtures add to the design and ambiance of the room. They may not work as effectively for reading and other activities. That’s why you’ll focus on light layering in the living room.
Ready to Choose the Perfect Ceiling Light Fixture?
As you can see, you’ll have several things to think about when selecting lighting for your home. Even so, have fun with it and don’t think of it as just another task you can cross off your to-do list.
There’s a perfect ceiling light fixture for every room in your home. Whether you choose a sparkling crystal chandelier or prefer a more contemporary pendant light, you’ll love the ambiance created by lighting.
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