When it comes to outfitting a room with lighting, most homeowners start with the overhead lighting – either one main fixture or a grouping of pendants. From there, lighting experts suggest adding two additional layers: task and accent.

Task lighting can be achieved with sconces, portable lamps or recessed fixtures. Accent lighting all depends on the item or area to be highlighted. It may be inside, above or under cabinets. Another example of accent lighting could be mini spotlights directed at artwork or a shadowy area. Once each light layer is covered, the use of dimmers will maximize the room’s functionality and beauty.

Visit your nearest ALA-member showroom for expert advice and the greatest selection of high-quality products to layer your lights.