A Guide to Interior Lighting
When it comes to lighting your home there are endless options for the style and type of lights available. While it might not be the first item that comes to mind when we think of decorating, lighting is a powerful tool that you can use to style your home. Each type of light has unique advantages—here is a guide to some of the most common interior lighting options.
Recessed lights are the best lights for effectively lighting a home. Also known as "can lights," these lights rest seamlessly inside your ceiling. They are best for large spaces that require lots of light. Given that they are hidden, these lights are best at blending in to any space.
Track lights are similar to recessed lights, but the main difference is that the are attached to your ceiling. Track lights are a series of lights that rest on rail. They are great option because they are easy to install and can be decorative or minimalistic depending on your taste.
Chandeliers and Pendants
Chandeliers and pendants are a fantastic option for you if you want to add some character to your home. These lights are often used as statement pieces and become the focal point of a room. The two most important things to consider when choosing these fixtures is size and style. Large chandeliers are great for foyers because they can easily fill the space. Small chandeliers are best suited over dining room tables. Pendants are often times are smaller than chandeliers and are great in bathrooms and kitchens. Since these lights are decorative, it is important to match them to the style of the room you are placing them in so your décor looks cohesive.
Floor and Table Lamps
Floor and table lamps are classic and timeless. These lights are the easiest lights to incorporate in your home and require no installation. Floor lamps are larger than table lamps and can offer more light in a space. Table lights are best for nightstands and side tables. As a rule of thumb a table lamp should take up no more than a third of the surface it sits on. These lights are decorative so have some fun when choosing your lamp. If you already have a lamp, something as easy as a new shade can give your lamp a fresh look.