How to Pick the Perfect Light Fixture

When you put a lot of thought and energy into designing a room, you want to be sure you don’t miss anything. With that said, no room is complete without the perfect light fixture(s). Lighting is obviously important to help you see, but it also helps to bring the design of the room together, create flow through a home, and set the tone of the space.

Because there is such a wide variety of lighting options out there, understanding the basics can help you to pick the perfect light fixture for each room in your house. Here’s a handy guide that will help you navigate the options.

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Table and Floor Lamps

Table and floor lamps are a wonderful addition to any room in your house. Most designers recommend that you mix the two rather than just stick with one option. These types of lamps work well as task lighting, decor, and give you the option to have just one light on rather than the large bright overhead light.You can stick to simple designs or go for something bolder with a base that sets a statement and a shade that acts as an accent piece.

When it comes to a variety of options in this category, offers a huge selection of choices. You’ll find everything from small lamps with clean lines to more elaborate statement lamps.

Pendant Lighting

Pendant lights are enjoying a real surge in popularity as of late. These can also be called suspender or drop lights since they hang from the ceiling and drop down. They usually hang by a metal rod, chain, or cord and feature one single fixture. Because they are usually sold individually, most people prefer to hang them in groups of two, three, and even four.
These lights work over islands, counters, in bathrooms, or over a dining table.

Wall Lighting

Wall lighting is exactly as it sounds. It is a light that is fixed to a wall in your home. These are often called sconces. While these fixtures do add light, it creates an up-lighting effect so it’s not meant to be your primary light source in a room.

Typically, these types of fixtures work well when you are trying to highlight artwork, architectural features, or they can face downwards and used as reading lights over your bed. A wall sconce can act as a decorative piece, adding personality and interest to a room.


A chandelier is another fixture that hangs from the ceiling. Most people assume that chandeliers are over-the-top and have a lot of detail to them, but this isn’t necessarily true. You can find simple chandeliers if you prefer. A chandelier has branches on it that are used to hold bulbs. There is a lot of light generated by these styles of fixtures, so you may want to install a dimmer switch.

Chandeliers can be used in rooms with tall ceilings, in the middle of a staircase, over dining tables, in a bedroom to add a luxurious feel; and even in bathrooms.

Lighting is something you never want to overlook as it’s both functional and decorative.

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