Lighting is very important for many types of activities. Pay close attention to how you position lighting in a room. A good tip is to think of decorative lights as jewelry for walls and ceilings, choosing the right color, style, and size to improve the space. Match the materials to the overall decor of a room to provide design consistency. For example, choose a metal lamp with a cloth shade for a rustic room or a sleek and slender standing lamp for a modern-style room.
Living rooms should have lights in each corner, as well as the light that emphasizes important features, such as chairs, plants, and artwork. Dining rooms should have a bright chandelier or pendant directly over the table, with indirect light everywhere else in the room. For a kitchen, focus the attention on overhead lighting that you can turn up while cooking and turn down when done. Go for cozy lighting and lamps in the bedroom, using low lamps on tables and sconces by the bed. For a bathroom, install sconces flanking the mirror and an overhead light above.