Why have good taste if you can’t see it? Lighting can change the game for a room’s dynamic. There are a multitude of lighting styles, from reading lighting to party lighting. There are five main characteristics to take into consideration when choosing a lamp: size, shape, lightbulb, location, and occasion.
Firstly, don’t shy away from doing a combination of floor and table lighting. The variety of lamps can add more light, different shades, and even art to an area. For overhead lighting, be careful in choosing size and style-the dimensions of the overhead piece should complement (not necessarily match) your area, but avoid being an eyesore. If you combine it with the other lamps in the room, you can change the tone of the area to be soft or harsh, depending on its purpose.
Along that vein of thought, overhead lighting has the potential to be too harsh on the eyes by being too bright or too dull, if done incorrectly. Ceiling lighting, particularly canned lighting, should never be the only source of light in a room, otherwise you risk making your ceiling look like an emergency exit strip and leave your guests squinting or shading their eyes. Soften a room by adding lamps in strategic locations, such as on a bedside table, or a floor lamp by the sofa to create a cozy reading or chatting space.