7 Tips to Get Your Lighting Right!!

Holidays are coming!

Aqua Lamp

Lighting can make a huge difference in the interior environment of your home.  Good lighting, used properly helps you to see better and perform tasks more easily.  It provides safety, security and a sense of comfort.  Lighting and lighting control also provides you with the flexibility to adjust and adapt the mood and ambiance of your home……….so, if you want your home to look and feel warm and cozy, light the fireplace and bring down the lights!

1. Canned lighting. While those canned lights in the ceiling provide a plethora of light, they can be harsh and unforgiving when illuminated to the fullest. The shadows they throw make anyone look tired and unattractive….especially those over a certain, unforgiving age!  Make sure your canned lights are on a dimmer and used for ambient lighting only, not task lighting.

2. Mix it up. Don’t be afraid of choosing different styles and sizes of lamps and chandeliers.  The rule of thumb years ago was that everything had to match….no more.  You can add sparkle, color and interest in the room by mixing finishes, shapes and textures.

Lorts Dining Room

3. Size counts. If using a lamp for task lighting (reading, knitting, etc.), the lamp should be high enough to throw substantial light on the task at hand.   The two lamps on the tables below are a good example of size and balance in the room.


4. Balance. No tiny lamps on end tables.  Depending on the height of your table, the lamp should be tall enough to throw significant light but not too tall to see the inners.  Also, it is important to balance the room with lamps and light just as you balance a room with furniture.

5. Chandeliers. Of course you use a chandelier in your dining area but why not in your living/family room?  A chandelier adds another dimension especially if ceilings are high.  A chandelier hung over a cocktail table can be spectacular.

Epernay Living Room

6. Hide the cord. Please, please do not run a cord from one end of the room to the other.   Number 1, it is dangerous and number 2, so unattractive.  Try placing your lamps as close as possible to electrical outlets.  If your sofa or chair “is floating” in the room with no outlet in sight and you have a basement, call an electrician and have the outlet installed under the sofa or chair.

7. Last but not Least. We have gorgeous lamps and fixtures at GailGray…..come by and take a look for all your lighting needs!

Side table lamp
Console lamp