May 9

Bringing Multiple Layers of Lighting into a Room


lit kitchenLighting can truly make or break a room, and one thing that many don’t consider when selecting the lighting for a room is how they will create dimension and versatility with the lighting choices they make. If the lighting for a room comes from only one source, for example, then you will not have very many options in terms of controlling the intensity of light in that room. In addition, the lighting might be concentrated in only one area, leaving further, outlying corners in the dark.

It’s important when choosing a room’s lighting, therefore, to plan for a design that will incorporate multiple sources of lighting, preferably at a variety of heights to add interest in the room. A good lighting system will offer a combination of ambient, accent, and task lighting—the three layers of lighting. Here are a few things to consider when planning out the lighting elements that you will bring into a room in your home.

Table Lamps

This is a great place to start because almost any living room or bedroom could benefit from the addition of a well-placed, coordinating table lamp. Moreover, table lamps tend to come in the widest variety of sizes and designs. When choosing a table lamp, assess what its surroundings will be. If you’re looking to balance out larger, more distinctive pieces of furniture, for example, you’ll want to opt for a smaller, neutral table lamp to contrast. If your room has more of a modern feel to it, make sure you don’t select a lamp with a traditional design complete with intricate flourishes. Whatever you choose, keep in mind that it will have to coordinate well with the other lighting choices you make.

Floor Lamps

Floor lamps are a great lighting element to have in a room because they offer lighting at a height between table height and ceiling height, and they tend to offer stronger light than table lamps. They can also be used to offer both ambient lighting and task lighting, depending on the design of the floor lamp. When selecting a floor lamp, keep in mind that it should coordinate with any table lamps already in the room. Many lamps are actually available in matching table lamp-floor lamp sets, but you can also match color or hardware elements if the table lamp you’re working with is unique.

Ceiling Lighting

Ceiling lighting is the best way to add ambient light to a room, and it’s especially advantageous when this lighting can be made stronger or dimmer to adapt to changing lighting needs throughout the day. This type of lighting can also help to de-clutter a room that would otherwise need to be lit with more floor lamps or table lamps.

We carry a wide range of lighting options, many of which come in coordinating table lamp and floor lamp pairings. To start planning out lighting for the next room in your home, take a look at our lamp selection.