When you're planning a room's lighting, you need to take into account how the space will be used and the types of tasks that will be performed there. Once you've established your lighting needs, think in layers, devising a mix of ambient, task, focal, and decorative fixtures that will meet your requirements. Here are some pro lighting tips from the experts at Bellacor.
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Recessed overhead lighting fixtures are an excellent way to provide ambient, or general, illumination in any space. While recessed lighting is most often found in kitchens, great rooms, and hallways, it is an effective solution throughout the house.
Bathrooms, like kitchens, require both overall and task-specific lighting to function well. A wall-mounted fixture above a vanity mirror provides just the right light to accomplish the daily—and nightly—rituals.
Because wall-hung cabinets can prevent overhead lighting from adequately illuminating countertops, consider installing undercabinet lighting. This will not only provide ample light for everyday tasks, but also highlight a beautiful backsplash and add overall drama to the kitchen lighting scheme.
Related: How to Add Undercabinet Lighting
A chandelier is often one of the most striking features in a space. While a chandelier, whether large or small, classic or funky, can enhance a room's decor, don't count on it for task lighting unless it's directional. Think of chandeliers like jewelry for a room.
Related: Bob Vila Radio—Chandeliers
The bedroom is a refuge from other, more social, rooms in the home, so its lighting should reflect this subdued mood. Less lighting is required, especially if task-specific light sources—like table lamps at bedside or a floor lamp near a chaise or chair—are put into play.
While track lighting contributes to overall illumination, it is most often used for directional and focal lighting (think museums and art galleries). A track supporting pendants, like the one shown here, will add sleek, purposeful lighting over a dining room table or kitchen island.
Related: Track Lighting 101
Nowhere is task lighting more important than in your workspace. Luckily, there are a variety of desk lamp styles and sizes to meet any home office requirement. In evaluating a desk lamp, make sure you consider light quality and directional flexibility as well, if your space demands it.
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