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Ceiling Lighting Done Right
Owner of Livingston 761 Interior Design, freelance writer and sparkling water addict.
Owner of Livingston 761 Interior Design, freelance writer and sparkling... More
Ceiling lighting is the crowning glory of a room, so get it right! A few examples of what works and why
The texture in the wall and chandelier and subtle illumination in this room play off of each other to create a warm, cozy space.
A play on scale makes the chandelier over the table pop. Keeping the fixture simple prevents it from overwhelming the room.
A classic chandelier is all the fuss you need to make a room look elegant but not overdone.
Focus on size in an entry space - small room, small light. Big room, big light.
Exposed beams are a conundrum - how to light a space without looking out of place? One option is to use tiny LED lights that blend in with the lines of the ceiling.
Keep recessed lighting to a minimum (or, if I get my way, none at all) to avoid the swiss cheese ceiling effect.
I love a special lighting moment in a living room. Many rely on recessed and floor/table lighting, but a striking ceiling light can take a room from "meh" to "wow!"
Good lighting reflects the size and shape of the room.
Kitchen lighting needs to be functional, but that doesn't mean they don't need to be pretty. Pendants are a popular option over the work area.
Matching a pendant to features in the room is an excellent way to tie things together. Witness: stainless steel lighting with stainless steel fixtures. Gorgy.
Did someone order drama? The round shape ties in the pulls on the table and plays off of the square lines in the room in a perfectly dramatic way.
Lighting doesn't have to be bold. Sometimes a subtle pendant in a unique shape can make a statement without taking the focus.
Ceiling light in a bathroom? Yes, please! This bathroom would be pretty without one, but adding a chandelier gives it just the right amount of pop.
This space is screaming for a ceiling light. A traditional chandelier would be an obvious choice, but a geometric moment is unexpected and compliments the shape of the ceiling nicely.