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  • Learn More About Lighting

    There are three main types of lighting to choose from in your home: ambient, task, and accent. The best choice for your space starts with how you plan to use that lighting.

    • Ambient lighting, also known as general lighting, is used to illuminate an entire room evenly. This type of lighting can also be used outdoors, such as the front yard and patio. Both flush mount and semi-flush mount fixtures can add ambient lighting in a space. Flush lighting sits directly against the ceiling or wall and is a popular choice for low ceilings and small rooms. Semi-flush mount lighting leaves a small gap between the fixture and the surface it’s attached to. It may cast light downwards, or it may reflect off the ceiling.
    • Task lighting is mainly used to light a specific workspace (where you’ll be performing a task such as food prep in the kitchen). Task lighting include fixtures like table lamps, floor lamps, and pendant lights.
    • Accent lighting can play up a particular focal point in your home, like your prized art collection or decorative columns. Wall sconces, recessed lighting, and hidden fixtures are popular types of accent lighting and can be used throughout your home.

    There’s no need to settle on just one type of lighting in your room. Often, interior designers mix and match two or three different lighting styles throughout a space. This gives you the option to switch from focused task lighting, say for reading a book in your favorite chair, to a more relaxed and cozy setting as you settle in for movie night.

    When choosing the best lighting for a room, consider both the way you’ll be using the space as well as the best lighting fixture size. Try to balance bringing enough light into the space without overwhelming it while also avoiding dim corners.

    For example, a statement chandelier may be enough to fully illuminate the dining room or foyer, but may not provide enough light in a spacious great room. Dainty wall sconces or flush-mount ceiling lights light up a hallway without cluttering this tight space.

    Next, choose a design you love—or request a custom fixture. Lighting not only brightens a room, it adds to the overall design you’re creating in the space. The handcrafted lighting fixtures available from sellers on Etsy blend both function and form. Many of these lighting options can be customized, too. If you’re searching for a certain mounting style, for example, many sellers can adapt their light fixtures to work in your space. That’s the beauty of working directly with independent makers!