Don’t limit lighting to downlights. Depending on the location consider wall sconces or uplighting to create a softer ambiance and avoid potentially harsh downlighting that can cast ominous shadows.
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.
Pendant lights can also function like sconces when placed against a wall especially in a bathroom. Always remember: When a person will be looking in a mirror to shave or apply makeup it’s important to light the person and not just the mirror. A few lights in the center may make the room feel bright enough but only lights in front of the user will truly illuminate the face.