Design Guide: Indoor Lighting 101

Indoor Lighting is the jewelry of the home and can make or break a design. To help you choose the right lighting for your home, we have created the ultimate lighting guide for you. Let’s dive right in!

First, let’s get through the basics – the types of lighting. There are three types of lighting, ambient, task, and accent.


Ambient lighting is to light up or fill an entire room with light. Light waves bounce off the walls to fill the room and is accomplished by using these fixtures.

  1. Chandelier
  2. Ceiling mounted fixture
  3. Wall-mounted fixture
  4. Recessed fixtures & down-light
  5. Track light
  6. Floor lamp
  7. Table lamp
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Task lighting is simple to remember because the term is the definition; task lighting sheds light on an area where a task will take place. For example, your desk lamp when working. It is a condensed form of light that can be accomplished with the fixtures below.

  1. A directional recessed fixture or downlight
  2. Pendant lighting
  3. Portable or desk lamp


Accent lighting is well, you guessed it, to accent a specific point of interest. This type of lighting is good to use in small spaces to give the illusion of a larger room and can be created with a few different fixtures.

  1. Track Lighting
  2. Directional recessed fixture or downlight
  3. Wall-mounted sconces

Now you know the basics! For images of each fixture & design options, please visit our lighting selection and showroom.

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