Want to know the key to good lighting? LAYERS. You may be asking, what in tarnation is layered lighting? Well, I’ll tell ya. Layered lighting is basically using multiple types of light fixtures in one room. For example, in a kitchen, that could include dimmable recessed lights in the ceiling, pendants over an island, dimmable under cabinet lighting, as well as a pendant above the sink. It may feel like a lot when spelled all out, but it no doubt makes a space much more dimensional and visually interesting. Keep reading to learn more about what types of lights to include in your home and where to put them.
Recessed lights are the most standard and basic lights used in almost any room in the home. Typically, we install them in living rooms, kitchens, hallways, basements, and workout rooms. They blend into the ceiling and are great at providing general lighting throughout the whole space, especially in a large room where one fixture cannot provide enough lighting.
Pendants are one of our favorite types of fixtures because there are so many styles you can choose from to fit in with any space and typically are more decorative. They are common in kitchens above islands or sinks, entryways, above staircases, and even in bathrooms. Most pendants have adjustable hanging lengths so you don’t hit your head if they are placed where you walk.
Chandeliers are another favorite of ours because they are beautiful and make a statement piece in a room. Many people still think chandeliers are crystal and large, but today, they come in many sizes, styles, and materials. They make for great pieces to hang in a dining room, a living room, or even primary bedroom if the ceiling height is adequate.
Flush mounted and surface mounted lights sit close to the ceiling and placement depends on preference and ceiling height. Both are great to add interest to a space such as bedrooms, bathrooms, laundry rooms, mudrooms, and hallways- places where you want something a little more simple but still attractive.
I think sconces have to be our favorite type of light fixture. They come in many styles and finishes to accent rooms in a charming way. The most popular place we include sconces is in bathrooms beside mirrors. We also install them in hallways, bedrooms, and on both sides of exterior doors.
Last, but certainly not least, is picture lights. These are not to be over-done in a home unless your are an avid art collector. But they do create a perfect focus on a blank wall where you want to display an art piece or light up shelves like at #PinegroveProject shown in this picture.
Anddd that’s a wrap! Although we shared these fixtures individually, it’s great to mix and match them, especially in spaces you spend a lot of time such as living rooms and kitchens. Creating that layered lighting in a room is not only visually more interesting, but it is also practical. It allows you to choose which lights you want on and off and if they are dimmable, even better! Now go have some fun and pick out some new light fixtures to replace those outdated boob looking ones.
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