Lighting Fixture Ideas for Contemporary Homes

The lighting fixtures you choose for your home can make a huge difference in your interior design. You should take advantage of these unavoidable pieces and incorporate them into your style as decorative elements. But also, you should take light itself into consideration. The way you light up your room can affect the entire interior design.

And when it comes to creating the desired relaxing environment in your home, the ambient or general lighting is the first thing that should be taken into consideration. Light can accent and emphasise and work in favour of your style, but it can also do the opposite, and instead of complementing your interior design, it can easily work against it.

How Do You Choose the Right Lighting Fixtures?

The easiest part when it comes to choosing the lighting fixtures for your home is the design. You can use your taste, as you would with any other decorations, or simply follow the style of the rest of your interior. However, the hardest part is to find the right type of fixture that will best complement the room in question.

Ceiling Fan Lights for Ambiance Lighting

As the name suggests, a combination of a fan and a pendant, a ceiling fan with lights combines style, convenience and practicality. The main reason why you might decide to choose this type of lighting fixture is if you are looking for a solution for ambience lighting for a stuffy room with uneven heating and cooling. And, the best part is that you can find practical and aesthetically-pleasing fan lights in many different designs and styles.

The practicality of the fans lays in the fact that they circulate the air around the room. Though they don’t cool the air themselves, by promoting a seamless airflow, they make the room feel cosier and the air feel fresher. If your fan has a double rotation capability, you can also use it in winter, and run the fan clockwise so that it forces the warm air to move downwards, towards the sitting area.

modern-ceiling-fan in living room

Furthermore, ceiling fans use are very energy-efficient, since they use significantly less electricity than an air-conditioner would. Many argue that air-conditioners aren’t the healthiest option for temperature regulation, and they are definitely not the best option for our environment. This is another reason why fans can be a better solution if you have to choose between the two.

While these fans with lights can play an important role in the ever so important comfort of your dwelling or your vacation home – even when you know that this type of lighting fixtures is what you want to buy –, in order to make the most of it, you should choose very carefully. For this, you need to consider the energy consumption, the efficiency, the blades’ shape and style, the size of the fan, the down-rod length, the airflow, and, of course, the light itself. However, apart from the characteristics of the fan lighting fixture itself, in order to choose the right one, you also need to think about the size of the room as well as the height of the ceiling.

Pendant Lights for Ambiance Lighting


Pendant lights can be a great solution and quite a popular choice for many homeowners. Hanging from the ceiling, pointing the light downwards, they can be the perfect choice for the ambient light in your home.

They can look elegant, they can make the room feel warm, luxurious, chick, or play a role in any feeling you want your room to give off, and they can add a lot to the style and interest of your home, regardless of the style. When it comes to the designs, the variety of pendants is incredible, so if you decide to use this type of lighting fixtures, you will probably need some time to choose the design that will best complement your home design, your own taste, and the lighting needs of the room.

When you are searching for the right ceiling pendants, you need to consider a lot of things. Similarly to fan lights, apart from the way they look, the way they work, and the light itself, you’ll have to think about the size of the pendant, the height of the ceiling, the length of the rod, the overall size of the room in question etc. Furthermore, you might want to use one larger or a group of two, three or pendants in same or different sizes, shapes, colours… which can be a great way to add interest and style.

Regardless of how you choose to decorate with your pendants, the positioning will make a huge difference in how they look, but also in how the room looks and feels. Furthermore, if you’re going to use a ceiling pendant lighting fixture for the general lighting, you have to make sure that you position it right regarding height. Of course, the first concern should be that the light doesn’t obstruct the view and that you won’t look directly into the light. Typically, the distance between the bottom of the pendant and the item that it hangs above should be between 75 and 85 cm. Or, if the pendant hangs directly above the floor, for instance in the living room, the distance between the bottom of the lighting and the floor should be 210 cm.