The Three Rooms That Need Accent Light the Most

The Three Rooms That Need Accent Light the Most

Interior design might seem to be all about style, but beneath the beautiful surface, it’s all about function. Figuring out how rooms can be more livable, useful and enjoyable is at the heart of every design question. One of those questions, which comes up again and again, is “How can light improve this room?” In many instances, adding accent light provides the answer.

So, where can accent lighting make a difference in your home? These are three key spaces where lighting often needs to be added through accents that are both stylish and practical:


The Dining Room

This is a room that has to be a bit of a chameleon. Sometimes, it’s the scene for quick weeknight meals; other times, it’s the focal point of special-occasion feasts. Whether you’re dressing it up or dressing it down, lighting in the dining room plays a big role. A chandelier might be the crowning glory of the room, but recessed spotlights can add ambient light, while sconces combine decorative flair and a soft glow.


The Bathroom

Bathrooms can be beautiful, but they are some of the hardest-working rooms in your home. Morning after morning and night after night, the whole family takes care of their getting-ready tasks here. Bright light is in high demand, but one fixture generally can’t do it all. Overhead lighting for the shower and tub enhances safety and practicality, while accents angled toward the mirror make grooming much easier.


The Entry

This is where guests will get their first impression of your home – and you want it to be a good one. Directed recessed lights are practical here, as it’s often where coats, shoes and other personal articles tend to accumulate.  The shape of your space will help determine the other types of lighting that will work; a long track lighting fixture will illuminate the length of a hallway, and while a chandelier might be a hazard in a low-ceiling entry, if yours soars, it can fill the space with interest. A side table with lamps can add even more warmth to your welcome.



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Wendy Weinert


Wendy Weinert is an HGTV addict and avid DIYer. When not working on a craft project, as an interior design blogger and enthusiast, she is passionately helping people beautify their environment by providing insightful advice and inspiration.