Home / Style Guide / Learn About Lighting / 10 Simple Tips to Improve a Room 10 Simple Lighting Design Tips Your Guide to Room Lighting Design Decorators know: light fixtures not only add style and personality to a home, they also enhance the functionality of a room. Here are a few of our favorite tips for decorating with light. Avery Pendant 1. Light in Layers Lighting different zones and areas of a room – as well as the entire room – helps provide light where you’ll need it most and adds visual interest. When choosing lighting fixtures, consider these three light “layers”: Ambient or General Lighting provides light throughout a room: think overhead lights like chandeliers and ceiling fixtures. Task Lighting adds extra light to areas where chores and activities get done: reading a book in bed, chopping foods in the kitchen, applying makeup, etc. Accent or Decorative Lighting adds interest to the décor or architecture: tray ceilings, lighting below or above cabinets, a light over a picture. 2. Have fun with pendants Krasi Pendant Whether they’re used in a traditional setting (kitchen island) or in an unconventional space (over a reading nook), pendant lights are a great source for style and illumination. Their compact size and adjustable height allows you to use multiple and arrange them in creative ways. Choose pendant lights from different collections, stagger them or create cluster 3. Add dimmer controls Eloise Chandelier Dimmers switches and controls provided added versatility – creating a light source that’s customizable to your needs and mood. Consider your dining room lighting design: with a dimmer switch, you can turn a chandelier on when kids are doing homework or soften the light for a more subdued gathering with friends. 4. Position vanity lights right Braeyln Collection Whether you’re applying makeup, shaving or brushing your teeth, the lighting in a bathroom helps you see it all. To avoid shadows, and to fully surround your face with flattering light, install a fixture that’s at least 24-inches wide over the top of your bathroom mirror. Then add two wall sconces or pendants on each side of the mirror. Position these at least 28-inches apart and 60-inches from the floor. 5. Long table? Go linear Cayden Chandelier With a longer dining room or kitchen table – or even a rectangular table – consider a linear chandelier or multiple pendants along the length of the table. 6. Counters + extra light LED Cabinet Lighting Undercabinet lighting is a must in the kitchen. When installing the lights, mount them towards the front of the cabinet. The light will shine on the outer edge of the counter – where it will fully illuminate kitchen tasks. 7. Make an entrance Piper Chandelier Lighting inside an entryway helps welcome guests – and makes a lasting first impression. A stylish chandelier in a two-story foyer is a great starting point. But single story entries need lighting too. Consider an oversized semi-flush ceiling fixture along with sconces flanking the space. 8. Create a focal point Emile Collection Chandeliers aren’t just for the dining room. Use them in master suites, children’s rooms, bathrooms and even luxury powder rooms; they add an elegance and focal point that can define the style for a room. 9. Wow your powder room Structures Collection Powder rooms are the perfect place to add a little bling to your home; whether you choose a petite crystal chandelier over the sink, decorative pendants beside a mirror or an ornate light that’s a bit unexpected. 10. Stay Coordinated Stelata Collection Today’s open floor plans mean lighting from one room to another needs to coordinate as well – in style as well as quality of light. When choosing bulbs, make sure they all deliver a similar color temperature. This will help décor (and clothing) colors look consistent from room to room.