your guide to finding
THE PERFECT LIGHTING
Lighting is one of the most important features to consider when designing a space, for both functionality and ambiance. Whether you're looking to improve your current setup or starting from scratch, let's shed some light on what fixtures work best in which space and where to place them.
The dining table is the focal point here, but the lighting is just as important. A chandelier overhead is the most common type of lighting in a dining room, as it provides enough light to eat while accentuating your style. (Try a dimmer so you can set the mood when entertaining.) If you have a buffet, flank it with a pair of sconces at a height that keeps the bulbs out of sight.
Chandelier over Rectangle/Oval Table
Chandelier over Round/Square Table
Double Sconces over Buffet
From meal prepping to cozy brunches, kitchen lighting deserves careful consideration. To illuminate an island, we recommend pendants. They hang low enough to create plenty of functional light, but high enough so that you don't bump your head. Depending on the size of your island and your style, opt for single or multiple. Single pendants make a statement over a smaller island, while multiple balance out a longer piece.
Multiple Pendants above Island
Single Pendant above Island
The right light creates a welcoming atmosphere in the living room. Place ceiling lighting, like a dramatic chandelier, in the center of the room or over the main group of furniture. This evenly diffuses ambient–or general–light. Layer in floor or table lamps near your seating areas–or opt to use them completely in lieu of overhead fixtures. To find the right size chandelier, a general rule of thumb is to add the width and length of the room in feet and convert that number to inches for the diameter of the light. For example, a 14' x 16' room would accommodate a chandelier with a 30" diameter.
Like a living room, the bedroom needs a few different light sources. Start with a chandelier overhead for overall ambient lighting. For reading, bedside table lamps (or even bedside floor lamps!) offer just the right amount of task lighting. Have a decorating moment on your dresser? Cast a glow with a table lamp there, too. Wall–mounted sconces or smaller chandeliers are a great alternative to bedside lamps because they free up surface space – just have them installed so the switch can be easily reached from bed.
An illuminated entryway makes a good first impression. Try a pendant that hangs overhead in front of the front door (at a distance that allows the door to open without obstruction), or a flush mount. For the hallway, boost the brightness with wall sconces. Hang your sconces at a height that you can't see the bulbs at the top.
Pendant in Entryway
Sconces in Hallway
Since this is where you get ready for the day, task lighting is key. We recommend flanking your mirror with sconces at eye–level or mounting a single sconce above it. Choose fixtures with the same finish as your other hardware for a cohesive look. For softer ambient light, install a flush mount overhead.
Outdoor lighting adds curb appeal and greets your guests with a warm glow. Opt for one or two exterior sconces that can withstand the elements (like wind, rain and sun)–but if you go with a single sconce make sure to mount it on the same side as the doorknob so you can see who's at the door.