To create a successful lighting design, you must think about the room’s function, decide what mood you want to create, and consider how the different lighting types will harmonize in any given room.
To learn more about these three fundamental tips visit Develop Your Design Eye – Majestic Meadows.
The right lighting for the right space
Task Lighting-Consider the various functions of the lighting you will provide. First, you need illumination in certain areas to permit people to perform specific tasks, such as reading, writing, or playing a musical instrument.
Ambient lighting-In addition, you will need sufficient overall illumination so people can see where they’re going, and so they don’t trip over the furniture you’ve carefully placed in the rooms.
Use LED lights that provide flood lighting and place them four feet apart to create a wash of light on walkways and walls. LED Recessed Lighting–5 THINGS TO KNOW!! (Can Lights/Downlights/Recessed Lights) – Bing video
At this point, you’ve finished planning the furniture layout and you are ready to add lighting. For a successful space, you will want to use a variety of light fixtures including:
- Chandeliers and Pendants
- Ceiling and Wall Mount Lighting
- Floor Lamps
- Table Lamps
The Coastal Modern townhouse has six varieties of lighting fixtures, including chandeliers, ceiling lighting, ceiling fan lighting, wall mount lighting, floor and table lamps. Three of the fixtures pictured below came from Modern Lighting | AllModern. Find ones for your space at Chandeliers | On Sale Now | Wayfair.
Lighting that creates a mood
The right lighting can create a positive, upbeat mood, but to create intimate and romantic spaces-add dimmers to your dining, living, and bedroom spaces. The ALLMODERN lights are a dramatic, modern touch but they would also look fabulous in Boho, Scandinavian, or Transitional spaces. I like the opaque shade to cover the bulb, as well as the gold, modern design for the the Coastal Modern townhouse.
Understanding the mood is critical to choosing all elements for your space. Visit Pinterest and save every Pin you like, once you have a good number, start saving them in Pinterest Folders-Modern, Traditional, Boho, French Country, Transitional, Farmhouse, Scandinavian, and Industrial. To find tons of inspiration check my Pinterest and Pinterest.
Not all lighting works in all spaces, for example this Chandelier works much better in a Traditional, French Country, or Transitional space Chandeliers | On Sale Now | Wayfair.
Three design tips to create harmony
A similar scale, quality, and color will create harmony for your lighting.
Carefully measure and check the dimensions for all lighting fixtures to ensure the scale works for your space. I share the proper measurements for lighting on Pinterest. Learn how to install ceiling fixtures at How to Install Ceiling Light Fixtures | New & Replacement Pendant Lighting – Bing video or here How to Install a Light Fixture – The Home Depot. You can find additional options on YouTube, including Installing Wall Sconces Part 1 – YouTube.
Use similar quality, top-rated lighting fixtures that have the same finish and mood. Many sites have collections, I used the Alex collection for the Coastal Modern dining and living rooms. I found a similar style from Mitzi for the entry and stair landing.
In addition to the finish color, I bring cool blues and warm coral-blush, which invokes the sea and sunrises. There are so many fun color combinations, including blue and green or blue and orange. Create warm or cool light by choosing the right blubs and bring your favorite colors into lamp shades, pillows, rugs, and artwork.
- Use LED lights that provide flood lighting and place them four feet apart to create a wash of light on walkways and walls.
- A new lamp shade for your lamp provides task lighting and brings the blue and coral-blush from the bed to the nightstand.
- The primary bedroom has beautiful mid-century furniture, so this Ceiling Fan Light looks beautiful in the space.