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.
A perfectly lit room has three basic layers: overhead lighting task lighting and accent lighting. This bedroom pulls all those together — the chandelier for overhead bedside reading lamps as task lighting and accent lights above the headboard and artwork.
This kitchen features several layers of light: The recessed cans provide overhead illumination the pendant lights above the island illuminate the workspace and undercabinet area and above-cabinet accent lighting gives the space a burst of savvy style.