Interior Lighting

Lighting IdeasLighting is tricky.

Clients usually select fixtures based on appearance, but it's more important to consider the function of the light.

Think about how and where you will use it. Effective lighting will enhance even the simplest space.


Here are some guidelines to help you make the right choice:

  • Vary the height of light sources in a room to create depth and add interest. Mix floor and table lamps, or use an accent light on a high shelf or mantle.
  • Lighting a room from the ceiling makes a room feel larger. Lighting from floor and table lamps makes the space more intimate.
  • Bring more light to certain spots and different objects. Lighting vertical surfaces (walls, for example) brightens your space.  Consider dimmers and three way bulbs. Vary the intensity of lighting in your room.
  • Many designers suggest 5 -10 light sources per room.
  • Ceiling fixtures should not be less than 7 feet from the floor at their lowest point.
  • Measure your room on the diagonal before selecting ceiling fixtures. If the diagonal measurement is 25 feet, your light should be 25" in diameter to provide adequate lighting.
  • Dining chandeliers should hang 30-34" above your table if you have an 8' ceiling. Higher ceilings? Add 3" per additional foot.   Opinions vary on chandelier size relative to the dining table, but look for something  1/2-2/3 the width of the table.  Don't go too small.

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