Recessed Lighting Ideas
Posted on July 12, 2011
Recessed lighting lends a room a sophisticated and elegant look due to the absence of cords, lampshades or fixtures. Depending on how the light fixtures are arranged, recessed lighting can increase the amount of light in a room, accent artwork or decor and brighten spaces so they look and feel bigger. It is increasingly becoming the main lighting source in living rooms and family rooms, but it is a good choice for other rooms as well. If you are considering recessed lighting for your home, here are some design ideas you begin with.
Ideas for the Living Room
The living room is normally the first choice to install recessed lighting. You can use it as your primary lighting source, placing individual fixtures around the perimeter of the room every four or five feet. Or install them around the fireplace or bar and use a different lighting source for the rest of the room. Another option is to place recessed lights near a piece of artwork or other artifacts.
Ideas for the Kitchen
With so many lighting choices for the kitchen—including table, island, countertop, cabinet and ceiling lighting—recessed fixtures should be just one source among many. Install recessed lighting over the kitchen island. Place two or three lights in a row over the center of the counter, or frame the island by placing the lights in a rectangular pattern on the ceiling. Or you can install the recessed lights around the perimeter of the kitchen cabinets. Recessed lights make great task lights since they function as individual spotlights over a particular area. Position a row or square of recessed lights with medium to high voltage to ensure the area is properly lit.
Ideas for the Bathroom
Recessed lighting always looks nice in a bathroom setting, regardless of the room’s size. Of course, if your bathroom is on the smaller side, you will want a reduced number to ensure the light is not overpowering. Install the lights over the sink or vanity. Or use them over the tub and shower area. They especially look nice over a Jacuzzi or whirlpool bath. If recessed lighting is your bathrooms only illumination, it looks best installed around the room’s outer edges rather than in the middle.
Ideas for the Bedroom
One of the best places to install recessed lighting in a bedroom is in the walk-in closet, especially if the closet is large enough to be a changing room. The lights keep the closet from appearing too brightly lighted and do not seem to draw attention to themselves in a small room. Another bedroom option is to install recessed lighting in the ceiling to outline the bed. The problem, of course, is that rearranging the furniture would make the room look out of balance. Install recessed lighting around the bedroom perimeter. You can also create a square-inside-a-square pattern, placing the lights around the room once and then again inside the first set of lights.