There's nothing quite like the beckoning glow of good lighting. From ornate chandeliers to sleek table lamps, here's how to use your fixtures so attractive light radiates through your whole home.

How you light a room plays a vital role in the feel of your home. The ambiance of any space is inseparable from the style and placement of your lights. Properly placed lights enhance your decor and set the mood of the room. Read below about the different types of lighting you can use to create a comfortable and inviting atmosphere in your home.

How to Decorate with Chandeliers and Pendants

Chandeliers and pendants are stylish lighting options for any room. Since these light fixtures are hung from the ceiling, they don't take up any floor space. The style of light you choose and how you hang it will depend on how you'd like your room to be lit. For example, would you want a chandelier that brightens an entire room or provides focused, downward light in one area? A chandelier provides a room with ambient light. Ambient light describes when a room is fully illuminated by a single source of lighting.

A chandelier should be centered above the focal point of the room — over the bed in a bedroom, lined up with a mantel or centered in the seating area of a living room, or over a dinner table in a dining room.

To light specific areas like countertops, opt for pendants with downward facing shades. Use several evenly spaced pendants to highlight the desired areas. Pendants with semi-transparent shades can also be hung low over side tables in a living room or bedroom to replace table lamps. Lights should be scaled to fit the size of the room they brighten — larger rooms require larger lighting fixtures and vice versa.

How to Hang Lighting

Entryway, Hallways, and Living Rooms

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Lighting Tip

  • Hang chandeliers at least 7 feet above the ground. If the light hangs from a 2-story ceiling, don't let it hang lower than the height of the first floor.

Kitchen Island and Dining Room

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Lighting Tips

  • Hang lights 30 to 36 inches above a dining room table or kitchen island and around 30 inches apart from each other, but keep them at least 6 inches from the ends.
  • The length and width of a room added together should be the around same number as the diameter of the chandelier. For example, a room measuring 15 feet by 20 feet, 35 feet in total, should have a roughly 35-inch chandelier.

How to Decorate with Floor Lamps

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How to Decorate with Table Lamps

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