When choosing any sort of indoor lighting, you should keep in mind what sort of mood you want to create. A bare bulb in the ceiling will keep you from tripping over things in the dark, but if you plan carefully, install them correctly, and keep in mind what sort of space you will be working with, you can make your simple lights enhance your home.
You can use corner lights to open up a small space. If you have a small area, such as an entry way, you can use corner lights to give it a warm, more welcoming feeling, or in a small room, these sort of lights, placed in each corner will give the illusion of a much larger area.
When trying to accent a wall there are many ways that you will be able to choose from. Some ideas include using recessed lights in the ceiling or the floor, or wall sconces that will either direct the lighting upwards or down depending on the effect you would like.
It really depends on the effect that you would like to create. For example, if you have a beautiful stone wall, or mantle, you’ll want to use the light to enhance that feature.
If you have a particular wall with family portraits, or any sort of artwork, a light from above will work best to accent it and make it look it’s best. There are a wide variety of downward facing light that are specifically made to accentuate portraits or artwork.
Another consideration to keep in mind is what is the purpose of the room. If it is a family room where you’ll be watching television, or using a computer, you will want to keep the glare to a minimum.
For this purpose track lighting in the ceiling is a wonderful solution. Track lighting is usually adjustable and can be aimed anywhere you want it. It is generally not too expensive and comes in a variety of styles.
If you are lighting a formal dining room, you’re approach will be completely different, you would most likely want a light directly over the table, but nothing that is too bright, perhaps an overhead light with a frosted globe that diffused the light a bit, adding a little ambiance to the occasion.
There are many sources available so you can work on any budget, the overall scheme is to make the most of your home within your price range, so shop around, stay within your budget and make the most of your living space.