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Whether you’re building a house, renovating it or redecorating, installing the appropriate lighting can make a big difference in the entire feel and look of your home. Proper lighting can have a significant influence on your mood as well as the vibe of your home, which will make you and your family feel better. This makes lighting a very important feature of your home, which is why you should spend some time getting to know your options before you choose the lighting you want installed.

Lighting Layouts Depending on the Room

There’s a proper lighting layout for each room. To get the best results, you should simply let the room dedicate the layout of the lighting. You don’t have to always follow the set standard for each room that most homeowners tend to go with, although you also don’t want to ignore the guidelines either, because they are there for a reason. The guidelines are here to make it easier for you and give you direction, especially if you don’t know where to start.

To help you out in the process, we’ve composed a useful guide on how to light each room of the house that will point you in the right direction and give you some ideas that you can use.

1. Entryway

Nothing can make an entryway more inviting and welcoming than a big chandelier hanging from the centre of the ceiling. This will be your primary light source, although if you want to add a bit more light in the corners, you can always add a table or floor lamp.

2. Living room

Since your living room is primarily used for rest, relaxation and enjoyment, the lighting should also reflect that in every sense possible. To achieve the best results and be able to create a wonderful and inviting atmosphere, you should consider using track or recessed lighting throughout the area. However, that’s not your only option. You can also go with a combination of table lamps, floor lamps, and sconces or you can even use a larger, overhead fixture in the centre of your main seating area. Be sure to add dimmer switches to all your lighting fixtures so you can create the perfect atmosphere for each occasion. 

3. Dining room

The simplest and easiest way to light your dining room is to use a large, pendant light or chandelier installed right on top of your dining room table. A good rule of thumb when choosing the size of your chandelier or pendant lights is to go with a fixture that’s about a third to a half of the size of your dining room table, no less than that. When it comes to the hanging height, you should position your chandelier about 75-80 cm off the table, and adjust it accordingly depending on your specific layout. If there are additional dark corners you want to light, an easy way to do that is to use a floor or table lamp.

4. Kitchen

Determining the type of lighting that will go best with your kitchen can be much more difficult than choosing a dining room light. However, there are a few fool-proof ideas that you can use to get things going. To start off, you can go with recessed lighting in combination with overhead pendants or chandeliers for the kitchen island. Don’t forget to use under-cabinet lighting so you can see your countertops better and have a nicely lit workspace.

5. Bedroom

When choosing lights for your bedroom, you can either go with an overhead light source in combination with table lamps on each side of the bed, or you can also add a few more lighting options in the mix, such as wall lights, recessed lights, sconces, ceiling fans and so on. Choose bedroom lights that go well with the size and design of your bedroom and create the right mood and atmosphere you want to achieve.

6. Bathroom

When it comes to choosing light fixtures for your bathroom, the best way to go is to use ceiling-mounted or recessed lighting as your main source, in combination with LED task lights around the mirror. If you’re looking to achieve an even better result, you can also add an additional lighting fixture for the tub or shower area.

Pro tips

If you want to take your lighting game a bit further, here are a few tips you can use to achieve the best results:

  • Each room should have around 3-7 sources of light. In addition to your primary lighting source, you can add table lamps, floor lamps, sconces, task lighting, and so on. Just make sure they complement the room well and go nicely with the rest of your décor

  • To open up your space, you can use bold, eye-catching ceiling fixtures to draw everyone’s attention upwards and trick the eye into thinking that the space is bigger than it is

  • Use warmer lights that emit a softer, yellow light so you can make your home more inviting

  • Never skip task lighting. This type of lighting is particularly useful in kitchens, under the cabinets so you can work comfortably and be able to see the tasks at hand while you’re preparing food

  • When you’re short on space, go with tall, vertical lamps, which provide plenty of light without taking up a lot of space

  • Install dimmer switches whenever possible so you can have full control over the mood of your home and regulate the lighting to create the perfect conditions for each particular occasion