Design Tips for Interior Lighting

As you spend more time indoors, and the sun sets a lot sooner, you want overhead lighting that keeps your home safe, and rooms bright, and task lighting that makes each room more functional, any time of day. Here are some interior lighting design tips to make your home more comforting.

The two main categories of lighting are natural and artificial. Almost all interior designs will involve the use of artificial illumination.

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These electrically powered fixtures produce light via incandescent bulbs, fluorescents, or LEDs (light emitting diodes). When choosing pendant lighting for above a kitchen island, make sure it’s pointing down onto the surface so that it functions as a task light. Addtionally, it’s best to spend the money on a single, really good light.

Kitchens and utility areas call for bright general lighting along with task lighting for countertops and prep areas. Living rooms, dens, and family rooms require lamps for reading as well as low level lighting for glare-free television viewing. Bathrooms are best lit with fixtures mounted above or on each side of the mirror, so that shadows are minimized.