How to Get Ample Lighting in Your Home

Can you imagine a world without light? 

Texture, pattern, and color would perish. Lighting is also what brings ambiance to a space and sets its mood. The amount of lighting should directly correlate with how a space will be used (think offices with bright light versus living rooms with accent lighting). 

When lighting is used properly, it can enhance the warmth of a space but also add significant function. Plus, layering light is so crucial in interior design since it helps beautify a space.

MAJOR TIP: When possible, avoid using just one ceiling fixture as the only source of light in a room. 

Instead, try adding a variation of light sources including floor lamps, wall sconces and table lamps. Below are 3 types of lighting, their function and how you can use them in your interior design projects.


Task Lighting

  • Lighting used specifically for a task (doing homework, cooking, office tasks)

  • Usually placed on nightstands or desks

  • Not a good option for ambiance or mood creation

Accent Lighting

  • Lighting used to highlight or accentuate pieces (artwork, sculptures) or design/architectural elements

  • Example: picture lighting | Reminder: Picture lighting should be about 1/2 the width of the artwork

  • Example: wall sconces that direct light upwards on a wall create drama and can also act as a focal point

  • Not a good option for tasks or overall illumination

Mood Lighting

  • Mood lighting sets the emotional atmosphere for the room

  • Dim lighting-calm, romantic and soothing

  • Bright lighting- structure, work, and focus

  • Wonderful for overall illumination and setting mood of space