Planning for lighting takes skill and know-how.  Lighting needs to be functional, but that is not its only role.  It also brings beauty to a room and helps create mood.  To choose the right lighting for your home, you need to be familiar with types available and what role they play in a decorating scheme.

To begin with, a source of low intensity lighting is needed to provide general illumination.  Once that is taken care of, task, accent, and spot lighting can be added. Fixtures of different intensity are layered and positioned at various heights to cause illumination to flow in several directions.  Downlights will send light down, uplights send light up, spot lights highlight, and a variety of lamps will fill in to meet all other lighting needs.


Recessed pot lights provide excellent general lighting when distributed around a room.  Fitted with 3” quarz-halogen bulbs, they work well positioned over corners of a living room ceiling, staggered throughout the ceiling of a vestibule or galley kitchen, or spaced evenly in a very symmetrical fashion into a bulkhead running around a bedroom.  To highlight artwork on a wall or a fireplace mantle, an “eyeball” pot light fixture known as a “wallwasher” can be tilted to the right angle.  Recessed downlights are functional and aesthetically pleasing. They contribute to producing mood and harmonize with any design scheme. No matter how recessed downlighting is used in a lighting plan, it contributes much to the interior design of a room and should be incorporated whenever possible.


A unique type of lighting, sending rays both upwards as well as downwards is accomplished with the use of wall sconces. These come in a wide choice of styles to enhance a decor while effectively lighting a stair well or long hallway. They are also used to highlight a focal point in a room when positioned strategically, such as on either side of a fireplace.

Next on the list of illuminators are spotlights.   A good example of spotlighting is that produced by a Chandelier hung over a dining room table.  This type of fixture disperses light out in all directions to add ambient light to a room, though its primary provision is direct light to the table.  Adding a dimmer switch to this fixture adds another dimension to its contribution.  The intensity of the light can be turned up for a family dinner and dimmed for a more romantic affair.  This form of lighting, too, is functional and contributes to mood, but it also provides needed task lighting. Depending on the style, a Chandelier can pack a powerful punch of beauty to a room and significantly impact its design.

Last but not least on our list of lighting options, is a variety of lamps used to provide general ambience as well as task and accent lighting.  Their effects add still another layer of lighting from functional to mood-enhancing while adding character and style to any room.

Putting the right light in the right place takes planning.  Before shopping, take time to do your homework.  Put a lighting plan together that will add beauty and comfort to your home in the best design scheme possible!


~ by shirleyliseblogspot on February 6, 2013.


  1. Love the lights! I’m still in search of new lights for my own home. Good article 🙂

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