Homes with standard 8-foot ceilings don’t seem to get a lot of love in design magazines and on television, so it can be hard to find examples of a well-lit home without monster windows and walls that extend into the sky. With so many lighting fixtures and lightbulb options, the choices can be unexpectedly overwhelming. In this post, we’ll be breaking down how you can achieve a bright, comfortable feel in a space no taller than 9-feet.
Low Ceiling “Don’ts”
There are a lot of amazing hanging light fixtures out there and in a showroom, they can look irresistible, but when you install them at home you might find that a fixture that hangs just a few inches too low brings the ceiling down with it, visually speaking. The same goes for any especially large options, which will draw too much attention to the ceiling and make the room look smaller. Harsh lights that bounce off of some areas and totally miss others can also make for an unattractive room. Lighting is all about mood, and when you choose a lighting concept you have to keep the physical layout and your intentions for it firmly in mind.
Low Ceiling “Dos”
Before you spend your money, you should take a little time and do some research on the best look for your space. These days, flush-mounted lighting fixtures are some of the most attractive options as they reflect a cool, modern sensibility in a home. Some are a bit more difficult to install than others, so if you are short on tools or time then you can also consider using complementary lamps for a similar effect. Lamps are such an easy way to customize your lighting concept, especially if you know how to mix and match your “uplights” and “downlights”. Lamps also add design value just by standing there!
Lighting, like any aspect of interior design, can be broken down into a few key elements to be arranged for the needs of your space. The three main categories are ambient lighting, task lighting, and accent lighting. We’ll go into what each of these does for a room:
Ambient lighting: describes the level of light in the room, whether it comes from a ceiling light, a floor lamp, or wall sconces; the ambient lighting in a room will usually touch every surface in some way
Task lighting: lights that shine on specific activities, you may need this in a room or you may not, these will aid in completing a task without disturbing the overall appearance of the room
Accent lighting: functions like an accent wall, or an accent rug, by adding visual intrigue and texture to a room, these can have a big effect on the atmosphere
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