Décor lighting ideas for your living space

It might be difficult to determine the optimal lighting for each space in your home. There are bright lights, low lights, hanging lights, wall lights, chandelier lights, and LED lights; so many lights exist! And if you’ve been to a store that sells lights, you’ll understand just what we mean.

It takes a great deal of time and effort to choose the ideal lighting for you and the location in which it will be installed. For example, you must ensure that the lighting you’ve selected has a functional purpose, provide the appropriate quantity of light, and contribute to the aesthetics of the room. You can’t place a simple, modern ceiling light in a room full of antique furniture; it doesn’t match!

In this regard, we intend to assist you. If you’re interested in learning more about your lighting options and how to choose the best lighting for every space in your house, you’re in the right spot.


Types of lighting

There are three kinds of lighting…what exactly are they?

First, let’s examine the many lighting options available to you:

  • Ambient lighting
  • Task lighting
  • Accent lighting

Usually, every room will have at least two different types of lighting, although, on occasion, a room will have all three. Find out here what each type of light performs.


Ambient lighting

Generally, ambient lighting is the primary source of light in a room. They may include everything from pendants to recessed lights.

The amount of ambient lighting in a room is typically determined by the contractor. He or she will probably measure the illumination in “foot candles,” or the amount of brightness a light emits from one foot distant from its “home.” Typically, kitchens and bathrooms require more footcandles or brighter illumination.

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Task lighting

Task lighting is used to illuminate certain tasks, such as reading or applying makeup in front of a mirror. These lights are never used to illuminate the entire room, only a tiny section.

There are numerous sizes and styles of task lights. They may be fixed on a wall, placed on a desk, or embedded within a mirror. Some of them even can swivel or rotate so that they can be placed wherever and at whatever angle is necessary.

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Accent lighting

Accent lighting is the most ornamental form of illumination in a room. Typically, these lights highlight an object of beauty in the home, such as a painting, fireplace, or bookshelf. In general, these lights will make something noticeable to all of your guests.

Accent lighting can be basic and sophisticated, but it can also be extravagant and outlandish. As accent lighting, chandeliers, sconces, and lamps all serve.

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Decor lighting for your room: Categories

There are several categories of lighting. Now that you are aware of the specifics of the lighting alternatives available, you will need to learn about your lighting selections. Let’s investigate them.


Wall sconces are always attached directly to the wall. They can either be hardwired into the wall or connected in through a cord.

Typically, wall sconces are ordered in two to flank a mirror or fireplace. In contrast, swing-arm sconces are typically installed alone as an accent light, drawing attention to a piece of artwork or a bookcase.

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Semi-flush mounts & flush mounts

Typically, both mounting lights are anchored to the ceiling, where they illuminate the room and provide additional walking space. In other words, they do not detract from the room; they will dangle around six to twelve inches from the ceiling.

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Pendant lights differ from surface-mounted lights in that they are suspended from the ceiling by a cable, chain, or wire.

Pendants serve primarily as task lighting, typically hung above a dining table or kitchen island. There is variation in size.

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Chandeliers are a huge lighting system because they emit multiple light sources simultaneously. These lights are always suspended from the ceiling and, depending on where they are placed, can be functional or beautiful.

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You probably already have a floor light and a table lamp in your home, but if you don’t, there is an additional option to consider. Lamps do not illuminate an entire space, making them ideal for use as task lighting.

In this light category, there are countless possibilities available. In addition, they are inexpensive and simple to relocate across space.

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Each area requires a unique lighting scheme. What might this be?

Almost every residence consists of an entryway, living room, dining room, kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom. Let’s examine how each room should be illuminated!


Because the foyer is the first location your guests will see in your home, it should be warm and inviting. Do not select a multitude of task and accent lights to illuminate specific regions of the space. Try placing a chandelier in the centre of the ceiling instead (this works well with tall ceilings).

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Dining room

To converse and dine comfortably at the dinner table, the dining room requires a sufficiently bright light; however, this does not imply that you should go out and purchase LED lights.

Try placing a chandelier in the exact centre of the dining room table. 

If you don’t like the look of a chandelier, hang a few pendant lights over the dining room table; however, don’t get pendant lights that are too low, or you’ll be constantly hitting your head on them.

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Different regions of the kitchen necessitate distinct lighting systems, making it challenging to illuminate. For example, you’ll want to install strong lighting over the kitchen island, but you’ll want to install softer lighting in less-used portions of the kitchen.

If you have a large sink, an open bar, or a stunning kitchen island, pendant lighting is the most functional and aesthetically pleasing option.

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The bedroom requires only warm lighting. You will be able to read while relaxing or watch television with a lamp on your bedside table if you focus the room’s lighting on task illumination.

In addition to living spaces, bedrooms can benefit from a dimmer switch. 

If you choose a dimmer switch, you will be able to produce bright light when needed, such as when cleaning.

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Some styles you can take inspiration from

Light up your world with decorative lighting

You can illuminate the wall panels and the false ceiling to give an effect of soft and bright light.

Illuminate your space with beautiful decor lighting 

False ceiling lights like the one shown above make the space look very grand and stylish fit for an high-tea gathering.

Add ambiance to your home with decorative lighting

If have designed your living space in tones of yellow with wooden flooring and beige furniture and then yellow lights simply blend well.

Transform your room with stunning decor lighting

Wrought iron ceiling lights paired with natural stone wall panel gives a very grand look to the entire home space.

Create a cozy atmosphere with decorative lighting


Lights play an important role in creating that cozy and comfortable corner in your house. Check the picture shown above for inspiration.

Got any questions or point of view on our article? We would love to hear from you. Write to our Editor-in-Chief Jhumur Ghosh at jhumur.ghosh1@housing.com







Should a room’s lighting be uniform?

There is no requirement to match the light fixtures in your home.

Do light colours and bright lights make a space appear larger or smaller?

It is common knowledge in the design industry that lighter colours make a room appear larger and brighter.

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