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rules of lighting

Caroline Smith

Have you ever found the perfect light fixture, only to bring it home and find that it doesn't fit!? Choosing the correct light fixture can be overwhelming. It's important to find the right look and feel but also the correct size and scale. Below, we have laid out a few go-to visuals to help you place you lighting correctly!

 LIGHT FIXTURE /  SMALL GLOBE PENDANT

LIGHT FIXTURE / SMALL GLOBE PENDANT

 LIGHT FIXTURE /  AUBREY BRASS CHANDELIER

LIGHT FIXTURE / AUBREY BRASS CHANDELIER

 LIGHT FIXTURE /  WINDSOR GLASS GLOBE

LIGHT FIXTURE / WINDSOR GLASS GLOBE

Ceiling height does play a factor when it comes to selecting and placing light fixtures. The visuals above are great indications of how lighting should be placed in rooms with standard 8 ft ceilings.

When it comes to lighting, one of the most important rules of thumb is to have multiple light sources. Although overhead lighting often makes a design impact, it shouldn't be the only source of light in a room. It is best to have at least 2-3 other light sources supporting the overhead light. A great way to add more lighting is to add can-lights, wall sconces, or simply a table or floor lamp! 

Some of our favorite places to find light fixtures are CB2, Rejuvenation, School House Electric, World Market, and Target.