Home / Style Guide / Learn About Lighting / Lighting Room by Room Lighting Room By Room Let Kichler help to find the lighting that is as unique as every room in your house. After all, every room is as unique as the activities that take place in it. Consider the three main types of lighting layers that are available. General/Ambient lighting helps to fill a room with light. Ambient light becomes the foundational level upon which the other layers are built. Task lighting helps you accomplish a specific function – from reading a book to chopping vegetables. Accent lighting serves as a decorative element and helps to enhance certain architectural details – like coves, tray ceilings and decorative trim. It is like the jewelry, the “bling” that aesthetically finishes the room. Incorporating multiple switching options allows you to use the light in a variety of ways: toekicks only at night, accent lights while entertaining, and task or general lights during food prep. Questions about lighting in general? Visit our helpful Learn About Lighting section. Using all three layers of light adds flexibility to your lighting design and gives you the ability to create just the right atmosphere. Adding dimmer switches on select lights gives you an even wider range of possibilities. For larger room consider controlling regional areas separately. Use the same color bulbs throughout a room for a consistent look. Lighting a Dining Room Dining room lighting should be both beautiful and functional. It sets the mood for a number of functions, including a formal dinner or a casual, family get-together. A dining rooms versitality shows when it also functions as a go-to room for homework, hobbies or family bookkeeping. For ideas and inspiration visit our Dining Room Lighting Gallery. Some Great Tips from Kichler include: Don’t be afraid to be different when choosing general lighting over the table. Consider pendants or multiple mini-chandeliers. The chandelier is the focal point of the dining room. It serves as a decorative style element that enhances the beauty of fine furnishings. If equipped with a downlight, the chandelier can also provide task lighting for the table and accent lighting for a centerpiece. A buffet or sideboard can be flanked with wall sconces or buffet lamps. Choose fixtures that complement the style of your chandelier. Recessed downlights around the dining table can supplement the light from the chandelier, while providing accent lighting for your tableware. The pure white light of LED or low-voltage fixtures with halogen bulbs can make your crystal and silverware sparkle. Accent displayed objects with recessed downlights installed in the ceiling. Add drama to a special picture with recessed adjustable accent fixtures. Don’t forget to add LED linear lighting behind perimeter coves, inside tray ceiling and around the millwork of a coffered ceiling Lighting the Foyer Foyer lighting welcomes people into your home, safely and comfortably. Additionally, it sets the stage for the style ahead. Some Great Tips from Kichler include: If there is a window above your front door, center the chandelier so it can be seen from outside. Place matching wall sconces or table lamps on either side of a foyer mirror for extra light. Many new homes have one-story ceilings in the foyer. Select an oversized semi-flush fixture and add linear accent lighting around the area to add elegance and presence to the introduction to your home. Lighting the Bathroom It’s the room that gets us ready for the day ahead – and prepares us for a night of sleep. When it comes to lighting, think of a “day in the life” of your bathroom and where you need extra light the most. If you use Ambient Lighting techniques, you might want to consider: Bath/Vanity Lights Ceiling Lights Wall Sconces Recessed For a Task Lighting effect, you might want to consider: Wall Sconces If you prefer Accent Lighting, may we suggest: Nightlights Low voltage lights LED Linear Step Accent Lights For ideas and inspiration visit our Bathroom Lighting Gallary Some Great Tips from Kichler include: To avoid shadows, and fully surround your face with flattering light, install a fixture at least 24” wide over the mirror, plus wall sconces on each side of the mirror, at least 28” apart and 60” above the floor. Kichler “Beauty Wraps™” can do this using only one electrical box. They allow matching mini pendants to surround the mirror while also providing light from above. If you have a double sink vanity with a single mirror, use a light that is almost as wide as the mirror. The light should be mounted 78” from the floor, centered over the mirror. Besides the vanity/mirror lighting, you may need an additional flush mount or semi flush fixture with possible recess lighting in shower areas. A Kichler Chandelette® could provide more light while adding a touch of décor to the room. Vanity lights surrounding a dressing table mirror can create a wonderful light free of shadows and free up space on the counter. LED linear lighting installed as toekick lighting can make wonderful nighttime navigation lighting Step lights added on the wall from the door to the toilet can make excellent nighttime navigation lighting Lighting the Bedroom When lighting a bedroom, create an overall atmosphere of quiet relaxation, while providing some bright spots for reading. Remember, dimming controls give you the flexibility to vary the light. If you use Ambient Lighting techniques, you might want to consider: Ceiling lights Chandeliers Fan lights Semi-Flush Wall Sconces Recessed For a Task Lighting effect, you might want to consider: Wall Sconces Lamps Vanity lights If you prefer Accent Lighting, may we suggest: Pendants LED Linear For ideas and inspiration visit our Bedroom Lighting Gallary Some Great Tips from Kichler Include: Swing arm lamps on either side of the bed provide adequate light for reading, while leaving night tables free. Hang pendants next to the bed to create a dramatic effect. LED Linear lighting added under beds and furniture can add light, without glare for easy nighttime functionality Children's rooms will benefit from the use of track lights, which can be swiveled, rotated and aimed in any direction to shed light on play areas or homework. As the child grows, the fixtures can be moved and redirected towards an electronics cabinet or sitting area. Lighting a Utility Room or Laundry Room Utility/laundry areas need plenty of well-diffused general lighting for sorting laundry, measuring detergent and ironing. If you use Ambient Lighting techniques, you might want to consider: Ceiling lights Recessed For a Task Lighting effect, you might want to consider: Ceiling lights Undercabinet lights If you prefer Accent Lighting, may we suggest: LED Linear Some Great Tips from Kichler Include: A large ceiling fixture with energy-efficient fluorescent tubes can fill a laundry room with light simply and efficiently. Warm white tones will provide the best all-around color. Don’t forget LED Linear lighting when cabinet sections are included in the room. This can add visual interest, especially in rooms where popular bold color appliances are included. Lighting a Family Room The family room is often the hub for life in the home. When it comes to lighting, you want options that do it all: general lighting for entertaining and watching television; task lighting for reading or hobbies; and accent lighting for artwork and architectural features. If you use Ambient Lighting techniques, you might want to consider: Ceiling lights Chandeliers Fan lights Wall Sconces Recessed For a Task Lighting effect, you might want to consider: Lamps If you prefer Accent Lighting, may we suggest: Recessed Downlights Wall Sconces Uplights LED Linear Some Great Tips From Kichler Include: Emphasize fireplaces with recessed downlights. Reading requires task lighting that comes from behind the reader's shoulder. Keep the bottom of the shade at eye level to avoid glare. Paintings can be highlighted with low-voltage, halogen picture lights. These frame-mounted lights spread a beam of bright, white light across the face of the painting. Accent glass shelves and glassware with two recessed adjustable fixtures. TV, video games and computers require low-level general lighting that does not wash out the screen's image. Install miniature track lighting under shelves to provide both general and accent lighting. Choose from accent spots, mini-lights, and compact or linear fluorescent light sources. Entertainment centers can be emphasized and spotlighted with LED linear lighting. Light behind the oversized flat-screen will add interest to a dark area when the TV is not in use. Step Accent lighting can add navigational safety when the space is used as a home movie theatre and regular lights are switched off. Lighting the Kitchen Work area. Eating area. Entertaining hot zone. The kitchen is the place for it all. Functional lighting – and welcoming environments – are key. If you use Ambient Lighting techniques, you might want to consider: Ceiling lights Chandeliers Fan lights Wall Sconces Recessed For a Task Lighting effect, you might want to consider: Pendants Undercabinet Lighting Downlights If you prefer Accent Lighting, may we suggest: Pendants Wall Sconces LED Linear For ideas and inspiration visit our Kitchen Lighting Gallary Some Great Tips From Kichler Include: A large ceiling fixture can provide good general lighting for the room, but it may leave you working in your own shadow at the sink, range and countertops. Use supplemental lighting – like track lights or pendants – to give your tasks illumination. Consider decorative pendants when lighting dinettes, nooks and island counters. When used with a dimmer control, these ceiling-hung fixtures will provide you with adequate task lighting for homework or hobbies and allow you to lower the light for dining or entertaining. For kitchen islands, hang the light 30 to 60 inches from the top of the countertop. Accentuate kitchen cabinets with low-voltage mini-lights over, under, or inside cabinets. When selecting undercabinet lights, choose energy-efficient fixtures that cover at least two-thirds the length of the counter. When mounting, place the fixtures as close to the front of the cabinets as possible. This helps you avoid glare reflecting off of work surfaces. Add LED Linear lighting over and inside cabinets, under countertops and under toekicks Linear Chandeliers and pendants function well over long and narrow farmhouse tables Lighting Other Areas HallwaysA general rule of thumb is to have a ceiling fixture, wall sconce, recessed or track light every 8 to 10 feet for safety. Step and Hall lights mounted on the wall can also serve as functional navigation aid. StairsLight stairs from top to bottom to prevent accidents, with switches at both ends for convenience. If hall and foyer fixtures do not illuminate the entire stairway, you can install a chain-hung or close-to-ceiling fixture above the top step. Using Step and Hallway lighting on the wall next to the step is also helpful. Place them at the centerline of a tread and centerline of a riser, every three steps for an efficient and effective layout.