Illuminate Your Space: Tips for Interior Accent Lighting

Illuminate Your Space: Tips for Interior Accent Lighting

Lighting is not just about functionality; it’s also a crucial element of interior design that can significantly impact the mood and ambiance of your living spaces. One of the most effective ways to enhance your home’s atmosphere is through accent lighting. By strategically placing different types of accent lighting, you can transform your rooms and create a warm, inviting environment. Here are some tips on how to use various types of accent lighting to illuminate your space.

Builtin shelves around TV
Photography : Beckah Lee

1. Accent Lighting Tip | Table Lamps

Table lamps are versatile lighting fixtures that can be used in a variety of spaces, including living rooms, bedrooms, and home offices. They not only provide ambient or task lighting but also add a decorative element to your room. When choosing table lamps, consider the size and scale of the lamp in relation to the furniture and the room. As you can see in this coastal calming bedroom in our Lake Joy project, we chose large scale ceramic lamps for the bedside tables. Additionally, pay attention to the lampshade material, as it can affect the light’s warmth and diffusion. For a cohesive look, choose lamps that complement your decor style and existing lighting fixtures.

Beachy Bedroom Design | Sarasota FL
Photography: Beckah Lee
Colorful Living Room | Rebecca Staub Staging & Design
Designer living room | Sarasota FL
Photography: Beckah Lee

2. Accent Lighting Tip | Floor Lamps in Reading Nooks

Floor lamps are ideal for creating cozy reading nooks or highlighting specific areas of a room, such as a favorite chair or artwork. They add height and visual interest to a space and can serve as a focal point. When selecting a floor lamp, consider the lamp’s height and the direction of the light. Adjustable floor lamps are particularly useful for directing light where it’s needed, such as for reading or highlighting artwork, or even helping out a plant in need. In our Green Acres project the black adjustable floor lamp contains a grow light bulb so that both the person sitting in the chair and the plant can get a little light. Choose a style and finish that complements your decor and enhances the overall ambiance of the room.

Accent Chair Indoor Plant Interior Design
Photography: Julia Dags
Ridgefield Ct Living Room Interior Design Gray Sofa
Photography: Julia Dags

3. Accent Lighting Tip | Sconces in Bathrooms

In bathrooms, sconces can be a stylish and practical alternative to harsh overhead lights. Placing sconces on either side of a mirror provides more balanced lighting for grooming tasks and adds a touch of elegance to the space. When installing sconces, consider the height and placement to ensure they provide adequate light without casting harsh shadows. Choose sconces with finishes that complement other fixtures in the room for a cohesive look. Below we have two very different styled bathrooms from out projects: But First, Mimosas & The Ceiling Can’t Hold Us) but the same concept of sconces on either side of the mirror which elegantly illustrate form and function.

Dresser Style Vanity
Photography: Abby Cole
Custom Master Bathroom
Photography: Abby Cole

4. Accent Lighting Tip | Chandelier Over Freestanding Tubs

For a touch of luxury and drama in a primary bathroom, consider hanging a chandelier over a freestanding tub. This not only adds a focal point but also creates a spa-like ambiance. When choosing a chandelier, consider the size of the room and the height of the ceiling to ensure it is proportionate to the space. Additionally, choose a chandelier that complements the style of the room and adds to the overall aesthetic.

Ridgefield CT Bathroom Designer
Photography: Abby Cole

In conclusion, accent lighting is a powerful tool that can transform your home by adding warmth, depth, and visual interest to your living spaces. By incorporating table lamps, floor lamps, sconces, and chandeliers strategically, you can create a beautifully lit environment that enhances the overall ambiance of your home. Experiment with different lighting fixtures and placements to find the perfect balance that suits your style and needs.

Lighting and built in shelving
Photography: Beckah Lee

What is your favorite part about lighting?  Tell us in the comments! Do you love a gorgeous statement chandelier or a demure wall sconce?

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