Tip # 1 - Consider the Uses of the Room
Kitchens and utility areas call for bright general lighting along with task lighting for countertops and prep areas. Living rooms, dens, and family rooms require lamps for reading as well as low level lighting for glare-free television viewing. Bathrooms are best lit with fixtures mounted above or on each side of the mirror, so that shadows are minimized.
Tip #2 - Triangle Patterns
A general rule of thumb is to use a triangle pattern when lighting a space. In a living room, lamps can be placed on a console table behind a sofa and on an end table near a loveseat, while a floor lamp is placed by a reading chair.
Tip #3 - Dimmer Switches
Since dimmer switches add versatility to any light fixture, they are one of the top inexpensive interior design lighting tips. Dimmers allow you to fine-tune the level of brightness while also helping to conserve energy and extend bulb life.
Tips #4 - Think Layers
Layer the lighting in a single space by choosing fixtures of varying heights and installations. A mix of sconces, Instant Pendants, and a floor lamp helps create ambiance and interest.