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How to Find the Perfect Lighting for Each Room in Your Home

When remodeling or building a new home, you have several big decisions to make that will work together to create your perfect living space. Choices like the interior design, small construction details, and appliance installation spring to mind immediately, but there is another element that can strongly affect the outcome: the lighting. Every room in your home has unique lighting needs, and making the best choices for each space is important as you move forward in the construction process. Below you'll find recommendations for every area in your home to best highlight the function, decor, and atmosphere of the space.

Home Lighting

Living Rooms and Common Areas

The living room is most likely where your family spends the majority of their time together, whether watching television, playing games, or simply winding down the evening with post-dinner conversation. To create a warm environment in this common area, it's recommended to use lights that shine up towards and bounce off of the ceiling to illuminate the room. This way, shadows created by downlights are avoided, and the room is completely, brightly lit. Valance lighting or lights installed on top of the room's focal point, such as your entertainment center or fireplace, are the best bet for optimum living area lighting.


The kitchen is another frequent gathering space, but food preparation and cleanup require more task lighting than living spaces. A ceiling-mounted fixture in the center of the kitchen will do well to add general lighting for when a group is gathered around the kitchen island. Additional lighting under the cabinets provides task lighting to provide ample sight when preparing food on counters, without creating shadows.

Kitchen Lighting


When it comes to bathroom ideas for lighting, one of the most important things is to avoid creating shadows that get in the way while you're getting dressed for the day. You'll want lighting that mimics natural light so you can be sure you look your best once you leave the house! An effective way to create this is to light the sides, rather than the top, of your bathroom mirrors. The result will be even, smooth lighting that is not too harsh and doesn't warp your reflection.


For your bedroom, the emphasis should be on adjustable lighting that can serve many purposes. Bedside lamps set on dimmers are a great option, especially if you're sharing the bedroom with a spouse. Bright, crisp closet lighting is also important, and easily installed ceiling-mounted lights are a perfect solution. Lighter paint colors that more easily reflect light are sure to create a warm, inviting atmosphere in bedrooms.

Whether you are remodeling your kitchen or installing a new bathroom vanity, the above lighting tips are important to keep in mind. The lighting throughout your house affects the tone of the room, how your decor is perceived, and how well you're able to perform various tasks around the house. Among all the other decisions you'll make as you build your new home or make changes to your current place, be sure that you don't overlook the unique ways that lighting affects each room in your home.