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5 Ways to Add Character With Lighting Design

Lighting is an excellent way to transform your home and make its best features stand out. Various fixtures add personality to your rooms, depending on their layout and style. Here are five illuminating ways to enhance your lighting design and make your space stand out.

modern lighting
modern lighting

1. Make Lighting the Main Focal Point

Having stylized lighting in the center of the room makes a great focal point. It helps draw your eye and is the perfect way to tie things together. Consider bold ceiling pieces, like chandeliers or farmhouse-style pendants. Go for larger pieces to create a unique look in a larger space.

Statement pieces are great ways to add your personality to any room. Plus, they are a cost-effective way to get a whole new look.

Here are a few more lighting ideas to make your space stand out:

2. Use Brass Finishes

Brass can add a warm texture and sense of elegance, and you can easily pair brass lighting with most modern decor for a classic look. The soft matte finish brings out the mellowness of the gold for a cozy atmosphere. Brass finishes work well in chandeliers, especially for a taller ceiling.

Here are a few different brass lighting options:

  • Flush mounts
  • Pendants
  • Sconces
  • Table lamps
  • Floor lamps

3. Show Your Personality With Sculptural Lighting

Lighting Design
Lighting Design

Sculptural lighting can turn your room into an art display and provide a glimpse into your personality. Decorate with sculptural lamps with bold designs.

There are multiple styles to choose from, depending on your space’s overall theme. Go for simple geometric shapes for a modern look, or choose plenty of textures and rough edges for an edgy style.

Select bulbs that use LED technology and provide full-circle illumination. These lights add plenty of visual interest, especially if you choose a neutral color scheme.

Sculptural lights come in various types, including:

  • Pendants
  • Sconces
  • Chandeliers
  • Lamps

4. Use Symmetry in Your Design

Symmetry is a great way to add balance to your design. It also makes your space feel calmer due to the natural sightlines. Consider placing two table lamps on either side of a mirror. This adds character to the area and a sense of elegance. Adding symmetry is good if the room already has multiple textures or jagged lines.

Symmetrical elements are soothing. Add this design to spaces that naturally collect clutter, such as the living room. Symmetry is also perfect within an office or bedroom.

Here are a few more ways to achieve symmetry:

  • Two lighting fixtures of the same size
  • Lighting that’s the same color
  • Pieces from the same collection
  • The exact layout on opposite ends of the room

5. Add a Splash of Color

Lighting with bold colors can incorporate energy, showcase your character and make the room stand out. Look for fun hues, such as greens, blues or purples.

You should also consider creative patterns for lampshades, like folk art designs. Combine matching items and mismatched bases for a dynamic contrast.

Bright lighting is excellent for high-traffic areas, such as the living room. Plus, these fixtures are a great focal point when having guests over. Just make sure the colors blend well with the rest of your design.

Here are a few ways to add colorful lighting:

  • String lights
  • Color-changing lights ·
  • Blue neon light
  • LED strips

How to Create the Perfect Lighting Design

You want to create a warm and welcoming ambiance in your home, and lighting is an easy way to do just that. Follow these tips to add style and function to your lighting design.


Evelyn Long is a Baltimore-based writer and the editor-in-chief of Renovated. She publishes home decor advice and product roundups for readers in spaces both big and small.

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Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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