5 Indoor and Outdoor Lighting Tips

Designer Erinn Valencich shares simple tips for updating light fixtures around the house and creating a more luminous and beautiful home both inside and out.

Keep It Soft

For an enjoyable bathroom retreat, designer Erinn Valencich suggests using ultra-soft lighting for the most appeal. Small wrought-iron wall sconces provide warm accent lighting around the mirrors, while a simple hanging pendant takes the place of harsh recessed lighting. Design by Gail Drury
From: Drury Design

Add a Colorful Accent

To keep a white room from looking bland, Erinn says to add colorful light fixtures for a subtle pop of color, like these metallic gold bedside lamps. The gold tones are a perfect accompaniment to hot pink bed linens, while giving a burst of color to the crisp, white nightstands. Design by Andreea Avram Rusu

Don't Forget the Ceiling

To brighten a room in a unique way, Erinn says to add a coat of shiny metallic paint to the ceiling. The paint reflects the recessed lighting in this elegant kitchen to create a dramatic look that isn't costly or time-consuming to put together. Design by Dave Stimmel
From: Dave Stimmel

Take It Outside

Just like interior rooms, yards and patios need comfortable furniture and great lighting, Erinn says. A combination of accent and garden lighting showcases the natural landscaping and soothing poolside stream. The subtle lighting from the fireplace and candle alcoves helps to create a warm and inviting outdoor space. Design by Chad Robert
From: Chad Robert

Create a Well-Lit Welcoming

An etched glass pendant is the perfect piece to illuminate the foyer, and an eye-catching candle vignette adds a soft glow to the entry table. Tip: To determine the correct size for a fixture, Erinn suggests adding together the length and width of your room. The result in feet will be the fixture size in inches.

Next Up

How to Choose the Best Indoor Lighting for Plants

Whether it's for your full-grown houseplants or starter seedlings, check out these ideas for indoor lighting.

Outdoor Landscape Lighting

With carefully placed outdoor lights, you can enjoy the ambiance of your garden into the evening.

Living Room Lighting Tips

Use different kinds of light to illuminate your living room and create an inviting atmosphere.

Lighting Tips for Every Room

Find out what types of fixtures work best throughout your home

Garden Design: Connect Your Indoor and Outdoor Spaces

Let your indoor space inspire your landscape design plans.

Types of Grow Lights for Indoor Plants

Try these bright ideas for growing plants indoors.