Here at POWDER GREY we find lighting is probably one of the most important if not essential functional, decorative accessory you will need to have in the home.
It can be often overlooked as just an another functional necessity or a decorative accessory in a finished room. Planning early is key for that desired outcome. Apart from the obvious function, lighting is also the tool when it comes to creating that certain atmospheric/zone area. it can also change the colour of a room or the look of what you want to highlight ie paintings, luxury accessories and so forth.
There are three main types of lighting that I think of when planning ahead, know the basics and you'll find you won't need to spend an absolute fortune.
General - Coverage lighting: here the lighting is covering mostly if not the entire room or space working with the other styles where you'll have light bouncing off walls, ceilings and floor coverage.
The two most common lighting used in this is the Chandelier (classic traditional look) or the drop down pendant (a more contemporary style)
Accent - Softer lighting: where you will want to add particular lighting to highlight certain objects, ornaments, paintings or certain features in the room you wish to show off. The type of light used here would be the wall mounted light and the bulb used would be less intense.
Task - Intense lighting: this is needed when working at your desk, reading or close work areas. A favourite light I tend to use in this area is either a clip on lamp with a clamp, or a stand and table lamp, both great for transportation.
Mix them all together and you'll have the overall decorative lighting that brings out each focal multiple points within the room and will show off and accommodate activities that may occur in each area.
So consider how much or different type of lighting would be used esp if there is a main area or one room that will have a mix of uses, usually the Kitchen is a favourite for this.