Home / Style Guide / Learn About Lighting / 10 Simple Tips to Improve a Room 10 Simple Tips to Improve A Room With Lighting Go ahead, add some sparkle. Think of lighting as room jewelry that adds personality and sparkle. For example, placing lamps or treasured objects in front of a mirror add depth and another dimension to yourdesign. The following are ways to bring a room to life with a little bit of light. The possibilites are endless! 1. Light in layers Using the basic principles of Light Layering will ensure a well-lit house. Ambient (or General Lighting) – An even application of light throughout the space Task – Light needed to adequately perform a task Accent (or Decorative Lighting) – Light that adds interest to the décor or architecture 2. Use pendants Pendants can be used as task lighting over a reading chair or kitchen island. Positioned over your shoulder, correct light will be cast upon the reading material. Whether placed equidistantly along the length of the countertop or clustered in a variety of elevations, the necessary light will be provided on the kitchen work surface. Consider using pendants to highlight an otherwise unusable corner of a room, thereby creating a focal point. 3. Dim it down Use a dimmer to soften the mood for entertaining and turn it up higher for homework, hobbies,etc. when needed. 4. Light it up Most of us want to see clearly in our bathroom mirrors so we can apply makeup, shave or simply brush our teeth. To avoid shadows and to fully surround your face with flattering light, install a fixture at least 24” wide over the mirror, plus two wall sconces or pendants (on each side of the mirror) at least 28” apart and 60” from the floor. 5. Add color and texture The right light can help bring life by adding color and texture. Consider using them to bring in a fun accent to a mostly monochromatic room. 6. Get intimate A lamp on a buffet adds another option for lighting more intimate dinners, or softening the mood after dinner is over. 7. Go linear With longer dining room tables, consider a linear chandelier... or multiple pendants along the length of the table for a unique approach. 8. Be unexpected Chandeliers are not only for the dining room! Consider them in master suites, bathrooms and even luxury powder rooms. The added elegance will be a welcome surprise. 9. Wow your guests Guest toilets should be lit to impress! Consider crystal, pendants and decorative ceiling pieces – anything that adds a bit of bling to the room primarily used by visitors to your home. 10. Make an impact Single-story foyers need entry lighting as impactful as a chandelier in a two-story foyer. Oversized semi-flush fixtures and sconces flanking the space will add a dynamic look to the entrance areas of a home.