Chandeliers are another great form of ceiling lighting. Chandeliers are used for more general lighting. They are great for spreading light over a large area. A Chandelier is used more to set a design theme and create a focal point in a room. Common areas for use are in a entry, living room or dining room. They also have become a favorite of designers to class up a larger bathroom. The have used mini chandeliers to give that boring bathroom some style and class.
For general lighting, you may wish to use an ambient lighting, which lights the whole kitchen, on the form of a flush or drop fitting, depending on the height of the ceiling. For instance you can install a ceiling light over the bar or the table as this will create the mood of the room. It may also be a single pendant light or a group of three or four lights depending of the size of the area to be illuminated.
First thing you might need to figure out if you are thinking of lighting an outdoor part of your home is the reason why you are illuminating this area. Your reasons could include security, the need to have the place lighted for future entertaining uses or for ambiance purposes. You will also need to figure out how much light you will need this place to have. If you are thinking of entertaining in the area you are illuminating, you might need to have more than one fixture installed to do this. The number of lights you install in an outdoor area may also depend on the size of the area that you will be lighting up.
Silhouette is also very important when you choose your ceiling light fixtures. If you go for a flush mount style then this is going to be right against the ceiling. You can also find fixtures with shades that just hang down slightly. This is going to be a little bit more formal than the basic light fixtures but a little bit less formal and much less expensive than a chandelier style.
Another thing that you want to pay attention to is the rim around the fixture itself. This is a very subtle ring that is usually just made out of a plain metal color. If you want it to blend into your ceiling then paint it a white. You can also have really beautiful leaf details on it. This could also just be in a totally different metal color. As long as this metal color is drastically different than the rest of the brass or silver fixtures in your space it can still coordinate.
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