Lighting is used to highlight features, create zones, and alter perceived proportions of a room. The right lighting can add contrast, make a statement, and completely transform a room!
This helpful guide will help you discover everything you need to know about creating a well-lit space.
A room is never complete without layered lighting. Make sure each room has 2-3 sources of light. Start with overhead lighting to brighten the space. Next, add dimension through accent lighting like lamps & sconces. A floor lamp tucked next to a sofa or a table lamp on a console table will help to illuminate your room and also make it feel well-designed.
A decorative light fixture can be used to elevate any space in your home. Add a picture light above a piece of art or a sconce above an open shelf to instantly create an interesting vignette.
Lighting shouldn't compete or match too closely. It's best to consider a light fixture's shape, color and texture. A modern floor lamp pairs well with an overhead light that has clean lines but with a different finish or texture.
The type of lighting you choose for a room directly affects its atmosphere and mood. Combining the right light fixtures and light bulbs helps to illuminate your home and achieve both flattering and useful results.
LED / 3500 K / 800 L / 60 W
LED / 2700 K / 800 L / 60 W
LED / 3000 K / 450 L / 40 W
Lamps & Sconces
LED / 3000 K / 750 L / 60 W
At least 7’ from floor to bottom of pendant (add 2.5” to 3” of height for each additional foot of ceiling above 8’At least 4’ from any surrounding wall
For hallways and living spaces, place sconces between 6’ and 10’ apart. Allow 60” to 72” from the floor to the center of the light
We love showcasing a great piece of art with a picture light. The width of the light should be at least half of the width of the art frame below it. Hang 5”-7” above the artwork.
When hanging a chandelier over a dining table, make sure there’s at least 6” from the end of the light to the edge of the table on either side.
For a standard 8’ ceiling, we recommend there be 33” to 34” from the table top to the bottom of the chandelier. Hang the chandelier an extra 3” higher for each additional foot of ceiling.
Place living room chandeliers in the center of the room or in the center of the main vignette. For a 2 story ceiling, hang your chandelier no lower than the point of the 2nd floor.
When placing lighting above a bathroom mirror, the light’s width should take up ¾’s of the mirror’s width without extending over the side of the mirror and vanity.
For lighting beside a mirror, place sconces 60” to 65” from the floor to the center of the light. Lights should be no less than 1” from the sides of the mirror.
2-light pendants should be at least 30” from the center of your kitchen island, and 30” to 32” from the countertop to the bottom of the pendant.
3-light pendants should be at least 6” from the edge of the island, 30” to 32” apart, and 30” to 32” from the countertop to the bottom of the pendant