Light fixtures also create warmth and visual movement all around them. In a more sophisticated room, even the intensities of the lights vary, from strong light such as reading or task lights to small twinkling lights such as candles and indirect illuminatores such as floor or table lamps.”
Maxwell’s guideline: a well-lit room should have at least “three unique points of light that vary from bright, concentrated light to soft ambient light”. A room that relies on a single fixture in the ceiling does not allow much movement and draws our gaze up and away from where we live. Think about the three points concept, as well as the quality and intensity of the lighting. Bedrooms: Bedrooms should have a reading light on either side of the bed and at least one other light, often on a table or dresser opposite the bed. More light could come from an additional floor lamp and the addition of some uplights placed toward the corners and directed up the wall. Under-cabinet lights are readily available and are an easy DIY install. Adjust Your Lighting
For working on lighting your room, here are some thoughts and tips from Maxwell:
“When you enter a room, your eye is instinctively drawn to the light sources. Dining Rooms: Ideally, dining rooms are lit along the walls by sconces or table lamps while candles light the dinner table itself. While table lamps are beautiful, wall lamps and sconces are stylish and modern and take up the least space, making them ideal for bedside lighting in smaller spaces. Some recommendations/examples by room:
Living Room: For a basic configuration, Maxwell recommends a table lamp on either side of the sofa as well as a reading lamp beside an armchair facing the sofa.