The Importance of Lighting in Home Décor

When it comes to home décor, lighting is one of the most crucial components to creating ambiance. Many notable designers consider it a key design feature. Whether we notice it or not, the lighting we interact with on a daily basis has a significant effect on our circadian rhythm. In fact, light plays a big part in how we feel in a space. It can improve our mood and cognitive abilities, reduce depression, and even lead to a better night’s sleep.

When lighting is presented fashionably and strategically, the overall well-being of everyone in the home increases. Coordinating your fixtures to go with your design and furnishings helps a room feel more comfortable. If your lighting contributes to the aesthetic of the space, while also serving a specific purpose in a designated area, you’ll have a more balanced feeling throughout the home.

In this guide, we’ll discuss how proper illumination elevates your home décor, and which types of fixtures you can use to bring out the most character in each unique space. 

How Lighting Fixtures Contribute to Home Décor

The most obvious way lighting fixtures accentuate a room’s aesthetic is by matching the style. This could be coastal, farmhouse, or traditional décor, but a major stipulation is that your fixtures work well with the other decorative elements in the room. This means they will enhance the color palette and complement the materials of other furnishings to help add layers of depth.

If you’re looking for a statement piece to bring a room together, ceiling lighting fixtures such as chandeliers and pendants are the way to go. These become a focal point in the room because not only do they attract attention, but their elegant shapes and designs distribute light in a captivating way. Commanding pieces like these can set the tone in a room.

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The Lisa McDennon Aros 20 Inch Cage Pendant by Hinkley Lighting is a fantastic example of how to integrate geometric shapes in the contemporary design of the kitchen shown here. The large black cage extends symmetrically over the island, and the mid-century modern-inspired starburst cluster blends two eras of design to create a sophisticated, inviting feel in this open-concept floorplan.

How Lighting Influences the Atmosphere of a Room

Designers reiterate the importance of form and function when it comes to lighting because, ideally, you want your fixtures to accommodate a range of dynamics throughout your home. Between time of day, natural light, and other variables, different types of lighting will be more useful depending on the space in question. Consider the color temperature needed for each area, and using dimmers to adjust the brightness gives you more control over the atmosphere.

In places like the hallway or bathroom, wall lighting is a creative way to add subtle illumination that accentuates the design. Other homeowners turn to display lighting to create layers in rooms with prominent features. Lighting design strategies like task and ambient lighting create depth and dimensions with an interplay of light and shadow, adding to the visual appeal of the room as a whole.

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If you’re looking for an eye-catching piece with a modern flare, the Corey Damen Jenkins Calypso Chandelier by Hudson Valley Lighting is a great choice. This whimsical fixture brings a fresh, modern feel to the dining room. Its fluted spiral orbs and glass sphere diffusers enhance its modern, geometric feel. The decorative shape and aged brass finish give it a maximalist look that adorns this room perfectly.

For something on the other end of the spectrum, the Vaughn Large Pendant by Arteriors Home provides a rustic and industrial look with a warmer glow. The illumination radiating from the 14 lights surrounded by open bronze-finished boxes creates a stunning allure from the moment you step into the room. It coordinates nicely with the subtle tones in this home office, blending the rich wood with blues and greys that really make this room feel comfortable and cozy.

The Art of Choosing Stylish Lighting Fixtures

There are a handful of factors to consider before choosing new lighting for your home. The first is to make sure that the designs you’re looking at harmonize with the rest of your décor. This includes the color scheme, materials, existing lighting, and architectural features of a particular room. You will then need to determine the scale and proportion of a fixture to ensure it fits the intended space.

Functionality is a key factor, but that doesn’t mean you’re limited to a single design style. Mixing and matching different fixtures by using complementary shapes and finishes can allow you to exude a personal flare that stands apart. It can also show off your design prowess, highlighting your attention to detail.


Pendants are a great way to showcase your personality, and this Iliad 40 Inch Large Pendant by Troy Lighting proves how adding a sophisticated fixture can complete the style of a room. With nine plated-smoke glass bulbs, the Iliad’s carbide black finish matches the other black accents around the room. Its sleek candelabra shape meshes with the modern décor in the room it illuminates.

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If you’re looking for a fixture with unique artistry, the Dainolite Mia 18 18-inch large Pendant is a show stopper that complements the cool and airy feel of this contemporary dining room. The white fabric rounded drum shade hugs the slatted wood construction that surrounds the light housing, making for an exquisite look that emboldens the décor around it. 

Achieving Proper Lighting for Different Rooms

The various rooms throughout your home will have different lighting needs, so deciding how to implement multiple fixtures for depth and layering is a great strategy to bring out the character of each area. While you may have a focal piece chosen, items like portable lamps on the floor or tableside give you adequate task illumination wherever you see fit. 

You can also rely on ambient lighting and even natural light during the day to enhance the visual elements of your fixtures. Dimming capabilities are also quite useful in certain areas. Each room has its own purpose, so maintaining functionality and style across the home helps it feel complete.


Foyer lighting should never be overlooked, and the Lettie 10 Inch 1 Light LED Flush Mount by Hudson Valley Lighting is a great example of a seamless fixture that allows you to transition smoothly into the rest of the home. The spun, aged-brass funnel combined with a demi-globe glass diffuser creates an elegant silhouette and presents an inviting aura as you enter.

If you’re looking for the widest selection of lighting fixtures to improve your home’s décor, visit a Capitol Lighting showroom today or browse our 2024 catalog to see the complete list of unique styles and trusted brands that we offer.


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