How to Use Lighting to Highlight Your Home's Spaces


choosing the right lighting

Creating the perfect ambiance in every space of your home can be challenging. Whether you are renovating a few rooms or building your home from the ground up, there are several ways you can use lighting to highlight every area of your home.


Lighting can seem like an easy solution to transforming a space. However, there are several styles, hues, and types of lighting available to create cozy and bright spaces throughout your home.


5 Common Types of Lighting to Highlight Your Home’s Spaces

The following are five types of lighting that can help bring out the best in any room of your home and perfectly highlight each space.


#1: Ambient Lighting

Ambient lighting is the main source of illumination in each room and is often paired with other types of lighting, such as floor lamps and accent lighting, mentioned below. This type of overhead lighting is generally controlled by a switch on the wall and works to eliminate any irritating glares or shine in a room.


#2: Task Lighting

This type of lighting is focused lighting that helps illuminate areas where you complete specific tasks, such as vanity lights or under the cabinet lighting to help with food preparation. Task lighting is permanently mounted in spaces where you need a little extra illumination to assist you when completing everyday tasks. You can best determine where task lighting is most appropriate in your home by evaluating what tasks you perform on a regular basis and how lighting might make completing them more efficient and safer.


#3: Natural Lighting

Every home will have some amount of natural lighting from windows. However, the placement and size of the windows can affect the amount of natural illumination inside. Natural lighting illuminates your home with soft hues and often provides you with beautiful scenery.


If you are building your home from the ground up and want to maximize the natural lighting in your home, discuss your lighting goals with your home builder to make the most out of your window selections and their positioning throughout your home.


#4: Accent Lighting

As mentioned earlier, accent lighting is complementary to ambient lighting and works to brighten up the cozy spaces of your home. Accent lighting also allows you to illuminate concentrated spaces or create focal points in a room with a stylish floor or table lamp. This type of lighting is also used to decorate or enhance the decor in a space, and you can be creative with your selection and ensure it complements your unique style.

Accent Lighting

#5: Architectural Lighting

Architectural lighting is fairly similar to accent lighting in the sense that it highlights focal points of a room—especially the architectural elements, such as a cove or a built-in. This type of lighting is designed to add dimension and texture to the distinctive features of a space.


Architectural lighting indirectly complements ambient lighting and works to reduce shadows in the corners of a room. You can also use architectural lighting to highlight decorative pieces and artwork in a room.

Architectural Lighting

Helping You Highlight the Spaces in Your Home

There are several types and styles of lighting that you can use to highlight every part of your home. By layering the right lighting hues and styles, you can truly transform the look and feel of a space.


Whether you are renovating part of your home or building a new home, your home builder should be able to help you perfectly highlight all the different areas of your home. At Ryan A. Jones & Associates, we specialize in customized, high-end renovation and construction services. Contact us today to learn how we can help you with all of your home building and renovation needs.