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Contemporary Lighting

Lighting plays an integral role in creating a welcoming ambiance within the home. At once, lighting sets the mood and tone for a space. If a room is too bright, it can feel sterile; if it’s too dim, the room can be off-putting. Look to contemporary lighting and fixtures to create spaces within your home that are well-lit and welcoming. Indoor lighting is critical for every room of the home, from the entryway to the living room – and beyond. Produce a home uplighting effect with a series of sconces in a hallway or create ambient light with a pendant fixture. Below, discover the different types of lighting and home lighting ideas for pleasant illumination in every room.


Types of Lighting and Fixtures

The three basic types of lighting include ambient, task, and accent lighting. As its name suggests, ambient lighting creates overall illumination or ambiance. This is most often achieved with overhead light fixtures. Next, task lighting offers illumination for a specific task. This type includes desktop and under-counter lighting. Finally, accent lighting adds visual interest and can be used to highlight specific pieces of decor or architectural details within a room.


Various fixtures can produce these different types of lighting. A pendant lamp or chandelier provides overhead, ambient light. These are frequently installed in common areas of the home, including the living room, dining room, and kitchen. A portable light or wireless lamp delivers excellent task lighting. Moreover, battery-operated light fixtures can easily be moved from room to room as needed. Small lamps also offer task lighting. These can be used on a desk, bedside table, or living room end table. Instead of a small lamp, opt for an LED tube light to incorporate a unique lighting element. Finally, sconces are wall-mounted fixtures that produce accent lighting. This versatile, space-efficient lighting element can be used throughout the home, in a hallway, bathroom, or bedroom. Once you’ve determined the type of lighting each room needs – ambient, task, or accent – it’s easy to begin searching for the fixtures that will offer the best lighting.


Choosing Lighting for Your Home

Choosing lighting for your home shouldn’t be a daunting task. Think about your home’s interior design style as you choose lighting pieces. If you’re looking for hallway lighting ideas for a more traditional home, install a series of sconces to illuminate the hall. Create ample light in a master bedroom with a pair of bedside pendant lights that offer soft illumination for nighttime reading. A dimmable table lamp is an optimal choice for a living room since it allows you to adjust the volume of light as needed. For a more eclectic look, combine an airy rice paper shade with a pendant light cord kit for a custom lighting element. Go for a tabletop fixture with a pleated lamp shade to create task lighting on a desk or living room side table. Lastly, water-resistant portable outdoor lights can be used both indoors and out for maximum versatility. Shop HAY’s wide range of light fixtures to find the perfect piece for every room of the home.