What Goes into Choosing the Best Lighting for Your Space?

Did you know lighting can completely change how you feel in your space? It’s true.

Warm light during the day might have you napping at your desk, while warm light in the evenings will have you sinking into the couch in after-work bliss. By contrast, blue light can put a pep in your step in the morning… or keep you brain running in squirrel circles at bedtime. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg…

Lighting can also create different moods or reflect off your walls to make your space seem larger.

These are all reasons why having flexible and varied lighting is a MUST in any home. Today I’m sharing a quick overview of all of the factors that go into choosing lighting for your space — because it’s more nuanced and important than you might think!

Dining room chandelier in  our total home makeover

Dining room chandelier in our total home makeover

3 Different Kinds of Lighting: Task, Ambient, Accent

TASK LIGHTING is a light source dedicated to (you guessed it) a specific task, such as a desk lamp or lights over the kitchen sink and under cabinets.

AMBIENT LIGHTING creates an overall glow of light in your space. You often see ambient lights as recessed lighting in ceilings, but pendants and chandeliers can be sources of ambient lighting as well.

ACCENT LIGHTING is a light source that isn’t dedicated to a certain task, but either accentuates or creates its own focal point in the room.

Under counter task lights, ambient lighting overhead, and pendant accents — from  our Modern Glam Farmhouse Remodel

Under counter task lights, ambient lighting overhead, and pendant accents — from our Modern Glam Farmhouse Remodel

Lighting Tricks of the Trade

  1. When designing, we usually incorporate all of these types of lighting within a space. Not only does it give you maximum functionality, but it also looks much more interesting to the eyes.

  2. When all light sources are capable of being dimmed, you have the freedom to use the light as you need it— and to create an ambiance. Such a little thing but gives you big results.

  3. You can also use lighting to create “rooms” within an open concept space. Statement lighting (pendants, chandeliers) are especially helpful in helping define a space and giving it its own unique character within the bigger picture of your home.

This chandelier from  our Modern Glam Farmhouse Remodel  turns this breakfast nook into its own unique space.

This chandelier from our Modern Glam Farmhouse Remodel turns this breakfast nook into its own unique space.

Which Type of Lightbulb Will You Want?

Lighting is more nuanced than you might think. It’s not just about the type or lighting or even the style of it — the bulb type matters too. For example:

HALOGEN bulbs are best for task lights, though LED is starting to replace it.

INCANDESCENT bulbs are great for soft lighting and are particularly flattering for skin. This bulb is ideal for vanity lights, living spaces, and bedrooms, but can be used almost anywhere, thanks to its warm and cool temperatures. (Warm spectrum is typically at 2700k, while cooler light is around 3000k.)

These are ALL details we take into account when designing a space that will help you feel and live at your best.

Chandelier and sconces create quite the effect in this elegant dining room from  our Modern Glam Farmhouse Remodel

Chandelier and sconces create quite the effect in this elegant dining room from our Modern Glam Farmhouse Remodel

Some of our favorite lighting sources are Arteriors, Robert Abbey, Visual Comfort, and Currey & Co. — but when it comes to lighting, the sky is the limit. Or the ceiling is, I should say.

I hope this post has given you a good overview of all the little details involved in choosing lighting for your space. Done right, you can truly have a space that is functional, flexible with the way you want to feel and live, and dazzling to behold!

If you’re to shine some light into your life, we’re here for you. Contact us or download our Design Guide for a Kitchen Remodel below. (It’s a gem!)

Until next time,
Maria