Next, make sure that your lighting is in the similar style as the rest of your décor (or not, if that is the goal). Either way, just don’t grab a “generic” fixture to fill a space, think about what you love and what works with the style of your room. Break free from the “model house” look that is oh so standard. Who wants to be standard!? :)
Your foyer or entrance way is the first impression that guests have when they enter your home, so I like to add a little wow factor in that area. A small chandelier is great for a small entryway, while a huge foyer demands a larger fixture. No matter what the size, I say think grand and choose a light that garners attention.
Keep safety in mind when lighting a stairway or hallway. Ceiling mount fixtures or recessed lights work great in these areas, just make sure that it is enough to actually get your though the area without tripping. Also, think about a 3 way switch that allows you to turn on/off the light from both ends of stairway or hall.
In the kitchen, task lighting is key as you will be cutting, chopping, measuring and even entertaining (we all know everyone ends up in the kitchen at some point in the evening). Recessed lights are appropriate here, but make sure that they are centered over the area that you are lighting. The only drawback from recessed or can lights is that you actually lose a little light as they are more directional lighting rather than lighting that will “fill” up a space. I prefer to use a combination of both recessed and some sort of ceiling mounted light. Adjustable recessed lights are also a great way to feature a furniture piece or artwork in any room. Bar areas are great for adding a little pop of color or interest with beautiful pendant lights.
'Till next time…