Types of Indoor Lighting

by | Jan 21, 2023 | Stephens Homes, Stephens Living, Uncategorized

When you start a new build, one of the most important aspects is choosing the lighting. There is a variety of lighting options you’ll have to choose, so let’s go over them! No matter the options, you need to keep your decor style in mind. Secondly, lighting comes in different hardware colors, so choose one and keep it consistent through out your home. Some options are brass, satin nickel, or matte black, and below you’ll see examples of each. The types of indoor lighting you choose should complement your space, create focal points when necessary, and provide a warm and ambient interior.

Chandelier Lighting over Dining Table

Types of Indoor Lighting

There’s really three main types of lighting. Ambient lighting is meant to be your main source of light. Usually, this will be recessed lighting, or another type of overhead lighting. Next, there’s accent lighting. This is meant to draw attention to a certain focal point in the room. For example, a small wall sconce above a painting. Then, there’s task lighting. This for exactly what the name suggests- lighting made for tasks. A table lamp, a bedside sconce for reading, or under cabinet lighting to see what you’re doing in the kitchen!

Lighting Fixtures

So many lighting fixtures are available to put in your home! Let’s go over the most popular ones, and what they’re used for. Remember, stick with the same hardware color throughout your spaces for a clean and cohesive design flow.


Chandeliers are a statement piece and a focal point. The most popular room to include a chandelier is the  living room, sitting room, or dining room. Flip through the lookbook below for some ideas!

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Pendant Lighting

Pendant lighting is a great option for your kitchen! If you have a large island, pendant lighting is the perfect  element to help create a focal point for the space! Hanging pendant lighting can be tricky, so be sure to read our blog on Selecting and Placing Pendant Lighting.

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The undeniably best way to light up a hallway or a bathroom is with sconces! Typically, these will be hardwired into your home but some do actually come with rechargeable lightbulbs if you need to place them in a tricky area.

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Flush and Semi Flush Mount

These are for ambient lighting to be placed overhead. The point of this lighting is to light up an entire area. These are perfect for a room with low ceilings, closets, or bathrooms. Semi flush mount lights hang a little lower, usually about 1/2 a foot to a foot below the ceiling.

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One of our favorite lighting stores to look through a huge selection of lighting options, is Lumens. Check them out right here to start gaining some inspiration!


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