8 Lighting Secrets Interior Designers Swear By

Do you ever enter a room and become captivated by how beautiful everything looks? Is it the spacing of the furniture in the room? The beautiful, modern accent chairs? Maybe the tufted ottoman that’s perfectly rested next to the plush velvet couch? Whatever it is, you want to stay in that room—and more often than not that je ne sais quoi is the perfect lighting.

No question about it, lighting is one of the most transformative elements you can add to to a room—and while I am never strict to follow the rules, it should be noted that each room in the house should have some lighting guidelines.

If you’re looking to have the right glow in every room (and since you’re still reading this, I’ll assume you do)—you’d better take note because Elle Decor recently published a story on the 3 lighting types every room needs and with the expertise of Michael Murphy, an interior designer and Trends Producer for Lamps Plus it’s all about striking the right balance between these three must-have types of lighting — ambient, task, and accent.

Read on for more lighting insight!1. Be more productive with task lighting.
The purpose of task lighting is in its name: it helps you accomplish a task. So, desk lamps that help with doing homework, perfect your beauty routine, bedside lamps that provide lighting for with reading, kitchen lights that illuminate food preparation. all fall into the category of task lighting. Task lighting is typically concentrated and not distracting and thus can be accomplished by using track lighting, under-cabinet lighting, desk lamps, and floor lamps. According to ELLE Décor’s expert, Murphy says that task lighting for a bathroom can also be accomplished by using sconces and bath bars.

Devlin Crystal Desk Lamp
Devlin Crystal Desk Lamp ($265)
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David Krynauw Littleman Desk Lamp
Anthropologie David Krynauw Littleman Desk Lamp ($348)
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Lite Source Swing Arm Clamp-On Desk Lamp
Lite Source Lite Source Swing Arm Clamp-On Desk Lamp ($59)
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Adesso Vera LED Swing Arm Desk Lamp
Adesso Vera LED Swing Arm Desk Lamp ($189)
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2. Focus attention with accent lighting.

The purpose of accent light is to draw the eye’s attention to a focal point. Accent lighting is the best way to add drama to a room. This is also the lighting that should be used to showcase art, collectables, sculptures, plants—and even unique mural wallpaper.  Common types of accent lights include wall-mounted picture lights and track lighting.

Visual Comfort & Co. Cabinetmaker Picture Light, Brass
Visual Comfort & Co. Visual Comfort & Co. Cabinetmaker Picture Light, Brass ($525)
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Ralph Lauren Home 24
Ralph Lauren Home Ralph Lauren Home 24″ Anette Picture Light ($1350)
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Ralph Lauren Home Colin Easel Table Lamp
Ralph Lauren Home Ralph Lauren Home Colin Easel Table Lamp ($1650)
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Anthropologie Lacquered Mobilesque Sconce
Anthropologie Anthropologie Lacquered Mobilesque Sconce ($298)
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3. Set the mood with ambient lighting. 

And my favorite type of lighting: ambient lighting. The purpose of accent light is to provide a soft, even glow, throughout a space. Ambient light is typically accomplished through overhead lights such as chandeliers but it is diverse enough to be accomplished through floor lamps, wall mounted lights, and even track lighting.

Crystorama Gold Orbit 6-Light Chandelier
Crystorama Crystorama Gold Orbit 6-Light Chandelier ($400)
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Jamie Young Halo 8-Light Alabaster Chandelier
Jamie Young Jamie Young Halo 8-Light Alabaster Chandelier ($825)
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John-Richard Collection Silver-Finish Chandeliers
John-Richard Collection John-Richard Collection Silver-Finish Chandeliers ($2585)
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Chelsea House Small Cube Chandelier, Antiqued Brass
Chelsea House Chelsea House Small Cube Chandelier, Antiqued Brass ($919)
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What’s the most spectacular lighting change you’ve made in your home?  Tell us in the comments below.