Whether you have a century old home with a lot of dark nooks and stairways, or it's just the cooler darker months that have arrived, lighting can make all the difference in how elegant and comfortable your home is. When planning for the lighting in your home, using these 3 categories will help you be sure you have shed enough light.
Ambient Lighting - This type of lighting is a soft light, typically used in bedrooms and dining rooms to give a softer more relaxing atmosphere. You can achieve this with soft, warm shades on table lamps or dimmer switches on chandeliers.
Task Lighting - This type of lighting is used for reading, cooking or working and typically is brighter and more direct. Reading lamps on desks, brighter overhead pot lights in the kitchen and in other rooms will help when you need to see what you are doing.
Accent Lighting - This type of lighting is used to highlight something specific like an object or architectural feature. Wall sconces or art lighting, or directional flood lights can work in these areas.
Now that you have the categories of lighting, experiment with different types in your home. Be sure to keep your lighting true to the time period of your home, and above all use your judgment on how cozy the lighting makes you feel. It's your home and if you feel good in it, chances are your guests will too!