Lighting Tips from Ace’s Design Experts

Ace’s Design Experts (Katie Reynolds, Nathan Fischer, & Julie Richard) offer some advice for your home lighting layout.

Katie Reynolds

  • Every room should have both overhead general lighting and “human level” task lighting, such as floor and table lamps.
  • Always consider the amount of natural light a room receives when planning out your lighting scheme.
  • Light your porches and landscaping adequately. Exterior lighting should be both task and ambient focused.
  • Make sure to plan for floor electrical plugs in large open rooms where furniture will be floating in the space.
  • Under cabinet task lighting is a must in kitchens and built in office cabinetry. You can use either florescent, halogen or LED bulbs.

Nathan Fischer

  • Don’t hesitate to add table or floor lamps to every room. It adds a useful element and ambiance to any room even if there’s enough overhead lighting.
  • Don’t underestimate the importance of lampshades, a crisp white shade typically looks best, and is suited for most rooms. However, have fun and experiment with black or gray shades. A natural linen or cream shade can look equally as good.
  • Find a way to add lighting to dark corners or back walls. It does not need to be bright, but should fill that void.
  • Wall sconces are the best option for bathroom lighting. They look great and they give you direct head-on lighting versus overhead lighting that can cast shadows on your face.
  • Every bedroom needs nightstand lamps. They complete the look and give easy access to a light when you need it.
  • If you’re remodeling or building a kitchen, add low voltage LED lighting to your glass or open cabinets. It will cost next to nothing to run and will add drama to your kitchen.
  • Consider using lighting to accent focal point artwork. An adjustable recessed ceiling light will let you focus on your favorite piece. A light bar is a simple light that installs right above a painting to give a low light accent on the piece.

Julie Richard

  • Cconsider the main activity that will take place in the space and make your lighting decisions based on this. The three main types of light to consider are: task, ambient and general lighting.
  • Three way bulbs and dimmer switches are a great way to control the lighting levels in your home.
  • Deeper wall colors absorb more light, so you’ll need higher wattage bulbs in those spaces.
  • Always layer your lighting types and locations. This will create the best possible scheme in your home.
  • Energy efficient bulbs are a great choice in workspaces. These bulbs are long lasting and you don’t need to consider the lighting quality (color rendering) as much in these areas. Areas good for this type of lighting are workshops, laundry rooms and utility closets.
  • Consider the ceiling height of your space and bulb type (narrow beam, flood etc.) when selecting recessed lighting for your home.