The most common use of up lighting is in a recessed cove around the top perimeter of a room. To maximize light output use a T5 fluorescent or LED light source that will wash the ceiling with light. This helps to create a brighter ceiling that bounces and reflects light throughout the space without glare. Combine this with lots of natural daylight to increase the overall light levels in a room.
If you are adding new pendant lighting but don’t want to deal with the expense or hassle of changing your home’s electrical setup cord swags can be a stylish solution. Swag them loosely over a bar or a hook as seen in this kitchen or secure the cord tight to the ceiling for an industrial look.
Bright idea for unexpected lighting: Look for opportunities to install light fixtures in alcoves tray ceilings and wall niches to trace interesting lines. Notice the hidden lights in the ceiling alcove above the cylindrical fireplace mantel here.