Selecting lighting for your spaces can be a daunting prospect. The process is different for every room in the house, and it’s an area where a client can use tremendous guidance from an experienced designer. With that in mind, we asked the experts at Hudson Valley Lighting for their tips on lighting different rooms in the house, including entryways, kitchens, and even the mudroom.
1. Consider the Views
When the entryway is visible through a window or glass door at the house’s exterior, center the hanging fixture and scale it within that view.
2. Hang Lights for Real Living
Leave room for living (and tall people). Be sure that fixtures in single-story foyers preserve at least seven feet of space from the floor to the fixture's bottom.
3. Measure Carefully
Flushmounts should be placed approximately every ten feet to provide well-lit passage through hallways. You can also add sconces to provide eye-level ambiance as well.
4. Be Creative with Mudrooms
Often hallway-like in shape, mudrooms can be a great place for sconces. Since people tend to like to hang framed photographs or pieces of art in these spaces, they’re also an ideal location to employ picture lights. As for ambient light, flushmounts are well-suited to rooms like this, which combine functionality and a touch of luxury.
5. Complement Your Fixtures
Once you’ve selected fixtures for the kitchen, choose lighting that complements them, whether it’s finish, style or both. The lighting directly over an island should be visually elegant as well as useful, providing task light for food preparation.
6. Consider Island Lights
An island light gives you the look of multiple pendants with only one entry point, saving you the difficulty of wiring multiple electrical boxes.
7. Remember Hanging Heights
When hanging pendants, there should be 30 to 32 inches of space between the counter and the fixture's lowest hanging point.
8. Consider How Much Light You’ll Need
Multiply the square footage of the countertop by 2.5 to determine how many watts of light you will need. Then, determine the quantity of pendants or type of island light required to properly light the space.