Lighting can greatly enhance — or diminish — a space. Poor lighting can make a home feel dark and gloomy, while a well-lit home can feel bright and welcoming.

Lighting can also be used as a stylized element to improve nearly any room of the home. From ceiling pendants to wall sconces and chandeliers, there are a number of traditional and innovative lighting solutions that can help you enhance your space, whether you are looking for elevated aesthetics or more functionality.

Looking for lighting ideas? Here are 10 tips to consider.

Try industrial. Industrial-style fixtures are more popular than ever and can work well in a variety of spaces.

Industrial-style fixtures are more popular than ever and can work well in a variety of spaces. (TNS)
Industrial-style fixtures are more popular than ever and can work well in a variety of spaces. (TNS)

Think function. Whether it is a pendant to provide lighting over a sink or an island, or over the table where you dine, be sure to pay attention to functionality.

Go for glam. In spaces like dining or entry areas, don’t be afraid to make a bold statement with your lighting fixtures.

Formal or casual? Whether you are looking to make a formal statement or prefer a fixture that is more understated, it is helpful to decide before making a lighting purchase.

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Make a statement. Homes that are poorly lit from the outside are not only unwelcoming but can potentially create a safety issue.

Consider sconces. Whether in a powder room, bathroom or bedroom, this additional lighting can help add to the design of a room as well as its functionality.

Be energy efficient. From pendants to wall sconces, LED fixtures are more popular than ever. The lights typically burn for thousands of hours.

Try interesting bulbs. Transparent or industrial-style bulbs can help add interest.

Add recessed lighting. It is OK to add both recessed lights as well as fixtures in the same space.

Go big. When in doubt, more is better. You can never have too much light in a space.

 

Cathy Hobbs: info@cathyhobbs.com. Cathy Hobbs is an Emmy Award-winning television host, an interior designer and a home-staging expert based in New York City.