We all want it–that soft, flattering glow that comes with finding just the right lighting in your home. The trouble is that there are so many types of lights out there, we often have trouble deciding what kind to use–and what room it belongs in. We’ve broken down some of the most popular home lighting below.
Flush Mounts: You’ve seen lights like these. They hug the ceiling close and have been known to be painfully bright. Most often found in bathrooms and kitchens, this light can calm your whole room when you pay attention to the wattage of the bulb you’re using. Try installing a 60 watt light bulb to see if it makes a difference in how your room feels.
Semi-Flush Mounts: These lights have a bit more sophistication than their sister, the flush mount. They tend to hand about a foot or so from the ceiling and boast a little bit of glamour on its stem. Still, they’re usually short enough that you (and guests) won’t run into them. Family rooms are a popular place for this kind of light to be found.
Pendants: These light are suspended from a chain or cord in the ceiling, such as a chandelier. They tend to be placed over tables and counters, enhancing the light over a single space. Whether you place these lights in your kitchen, bedroom, or over the bar in your basement they’re sure to be a sophisticated hit.
Recessed Lights: These lights tend to be popular in finished basements and even movie rooms, but they’ve also been known to pop up in living rooms, dining rooms, and even kitchens. Embedded in the ceiling, these lights are inconspicuous and can be pointed to shed light on a specific area as desired.
Track Lights: These unique lights can not only be moved to a precise location along their track, they can also be adjusted to illuminate specific spaces. They’re the perfect addition to bathrooms and kitchens, though they can find plenty of use in other rooms, too.
Lamps: Found on bedside tables or on the floor behind your couch, lamps are a way to add light to a room when the installed lighting just isn’t enough. They can reflect your unique tastes, too, and are easy to install and move around a room as needed.
Feeling like a lighting expert? Congratulations! Just remember that as a rule of thumb, you should try to layer your lighting as much as possible as it helps to create a complicated scheme which won’t leave rooms feeling one dimensional. Need some inspiration? Check out the Docking Drawer lighting board on Pinterest!
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