How to layer light in a room with low ceilings
The best lighting design schemes will usually use a combination of different types of lighting, known as layering.
There are three main types of lighting: ambient, which is the overall lighting level in a room, task lighting, which is used to target specific areas, and accent lighting, which is used to highlight any features and create atmosphere.
Learn more about the three types of lighting in our recent blog “How to use ambient, task and accent lighting in your home”.
Uplighters can be a very effective way of lighting a room with low ceilings and will provide great ambient lighting. Uplighters include wall lights and floor maps.
Floor lamps and table lamps can provide practical task lighting. For that extra level of flexibility in your space, consider an adjustable style so you can really target specific areas.
Finally, some strategically-placed accent lighting can highlight the wider space and will add depth at different levels. If your ceiling is low because you live in old house with ceiling beams, consider highlighting these with accent lighting! Not only will it look stunning, but you’ll make your room appear much larger.
For additional control, consider including dimmers so you can create the perfect atmosphere.
Can you use pendant lights in a room with low ceilings?
As we mentioned earlier, some pendants are a definite no when it comes to lighting a room with low ceilings. But, with some careful thought, there are still some options available.
If you’re set on having a pendant in your space, you’ll need to consider the size and style compared to the space you want to put it in. You’ll want to avoid choosing pendants that take up a lot of the ceilings, or those that have a large drop.
Instead, try a stylish pendant with a short or adjustable fitting. Also, make sure you opt for a lighting fixture that will cast lighting downwards and outwards for maximum light exposure across the room.
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