Room by Room Lighting Scheme

Illuminate your home with these lighting design concepts that take you through evey room in your house.

By Gene And Katie Hamilton

Bathroom:
  • a ceiling fixture with a motion-sensing light/vent fan for well diffused overall lighting and on demand ventilation and lighting
  • side lights on each side of a mirror or medicine cabinet for grooming
  • a water-resistant recessed downlight inside a tub or shower enclosure
Living spaces:
  • a ceiling fixture or down lights for overall illumination
  • floor or table lamp for reading chair
  • accent lighting to highlight artwork, fireplace or other architectural features
  • low level general lighting that doesn't wash out a screen image or reflect into the viewers eyes for television screens
Dining:
  • recessed or track lighting for overall general lighting
  • a chandelier as a focal point suspended over the table
  • wall sconces or recessed lighting over a buffet or sideboard
Bedrooms:
  • a ceiling fixture or down lights for overall illumination
  • wall lamps or recessed down lights over bed for reading
  • floor or table lamp for reading chair
  • closet light for interior of closet
Home office:
  • a ceiling fixture or down lights for overall illumination
  • adjustable table lamp for additional light to desk and keyboard areas positioned so it doesn't reflect on the computer screen
  • floor or table lamp for reading chair
Entrance foyer and hallways:
  • a ceiling fixture or down lights for overall illumination
  • wall sconces on sides of foyer mirror
  • ceiling fixture, down lights or wall sconces every 8-10 feet of hallway
  • a ceiling fixture or down light at top of staircase

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