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Light It Up: Creating The Right Ambiance With Room-By-Room Lighting

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When it comes to your home, you want everything to be perfect. Lighting is one of those details that need to be planned ahead of time. It's not an easy task either, as it takes organization and creativity. The best way to go about it is to start at the entryway and your way through the rooms. Below, you'll find lighting advice for the entryway, living room, dining room and kitchen – all of which require specific, detailed lighting:


The entryway is a very important part of the home that needs adequate lighting. It is the first thing that your guests are going to see when the front door opens and they are allowed to enter into your home. You may want to have a large pendant light or a chandelier for an elegant appearance and inviting ambiance. If you opt for the pendant light, make sure that one is enough. If the space is large, you may need an additional one or two.  If necessary, a large floor lamp can be added to create additional light that can help with the mood of the area.

Living Room

Your living room needs to be the perfect balance of relaxation and entertaining, which can be achieved with the right lighting. If you want your lighting to be the primary focal point of the space, then you should opt for a large chandelier that matches the style and décor of the rest of the living room. If you opt for ceiling fans with lights, then you'll need additional lighting, such as recessed lighting, floor lamps, or table lamps. You may also want to consider installing accent lights to highlight the beauty of any artwork or framed pictures on the walls. Don't forget the dimmer switch so that you can alter the mood accordingly.

Dining Room

The dining room is among the easiest rooms of the home to light because you primarily only need a single lighting fixture, which goes above the dining room. After all, the dining table is generally the focal point of the space. A low-hanging chandelier or pendant light directly above the dining table is ideal. If you have accent features in the dining room, then you can use accent lights to emphasize the feature.


The kitchen is a bit trickier than other room of the house. This is because there are so many areas that need adequate lighting and there isn't necessarily a single focal point. You need an overhead light that works for basic tasks, but you also need a light over the sink area as well as the kitchen island. Alternatively, you need adequate lighting for tasks performed on the countertops. The best lighting for these tasks is under-cabinet lighting.

The right type and amount of lighting is crucial for a space to work well. If you need help mapping out a lighting plan for your home, consult with a professional electrician or home contractor like Quality Electric Service Inc