Your Guide to Perfect Lighting Fixtures for Every Space

May 27, 2024 - Michelle Murphy

Few things are more powerful in interior design than lighting. Good lighting brightens your space, sets the perfect mood, and enhances the overall aesthetic. On the flip side, poor lighting can make even the most beautifully designed room feel weird and clinical (we’re looking at you overhead fluorescents). Growing research even suggests that lighting can impact human well-being.

You’ll need a bit of know-how to find the perfect lighting fixtures that make your home feel just right. You want to understand how different types of lighting fixtures can transform your space and how to choose the right fixtures and sizes for each room.

And lucky you! That’s what today’s blog is all about.

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Different Types of Lighting Fixtures

Here are the main types of lighting fixtures you’ll come across and how they can change up your space:

Pro Tip: Layer your lighting for the best effect! Combining lighting fixtures creates a versatile and inviting atmosphere to keep your space both functional and stylish.

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Choosing the Right Lighting Fixtures for Each Space

Let’s talk about how to choose the right lighting fixtures for every room in your home. Each space has its own needs, and the right fixture can make all the difference.

Bathroom Light Fixtures

Bathrooms need bright, clear light for tasks like shaving and applying makeup. It’s also best to look for fixtures that are moisture-resistant. Vanity lights above or beside the mirror are a great choice too, as are recessed lights for a clean, modern look.

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Dining Room Light Fixtures

The dining room needs the right ambiance for meals and gatherings. A chandelier or pendant light above the dining table provides much-needed focused light as well as a visual focal point. Dimmer switches can help you adjust the mood depending on the occasion.

Outdoor Light Fixtures

Outdoor lighting fixtures need to be durable and weather-resistant. Porch lights, wall-mounted fixtures, and landscape lighting are all great options. Keep in mind that they also provide safety and security.

Bedroom Light Fixtures

In the bedroom, you want a mix of ambient and task lighting. Bedside lamps are perfect for reading and ceiling fixtures provide general light. Wall sconces can also add style and save space on your nightstand.

Kitchen Light Fixtures

The kitchen needs a combo of bright task lighting and general illumination. Under-cabinet lights are perfect for countertops and pendant lights work well over an island or dining area. Recessed lights can also provide overall light without cluttering the ceiling.

Living Room Lighting Fixtures

The living room is all about versatility, so you’ll want a mix of lighting options to create different moods. Floor lamps, table lamps, and wall sconces are great for layering light and accenting specific features, while ceiling fixtures provide illumination throughout.

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Selecting the Perfect Lighting Fixture Size

Too large, and they can overwhelm the space. Too small, and they may not provide enough light or impact. Every home is a bit different so take these tips with a grain of salt (unless you hire the professionals…hint hint). Here are some tips on how to get it just right:

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Keep Calm & Shine On

Lighting can truly transform your house to make it feel like a warm, inviting, and functional home. Each room in your home has unique lighting needs, so understanding the different types of lighting fixtures can help you make the perfect illumination choice.

Now that you’ve got the knowledge to make your home shine, start planning your lighting upgrades! Consider each room, its purpose, and how the right lighting can enhance it. To give you a head start on where to look, MMID’s favourite lighting stores in Calgary are Signature Lighting and Vivid Concepts (you’re welcome).

And remember, you don’t have to go it alone! If you need help along the way, contact MMID for expert lighting advice or take advantage of our convenient eDesign services.

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