The Beauty of Decorative Lighting

Decorative lights are the unsung heroes of great lighting design. These statement fixtures are important in conveying specific design themes, and can also be used in light layering.

Choosing light fixtures can be a complicated task. Lighting and ceiling fans are crucial in not only the functionality of the rooms in your home, but also the design. Decorative light fixtures come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can help you fulfill the important task of including layers of light in your design.

Typically, decorative lights play the role of adding a layer of adornment to the area of choice. Although often small, they can have a big impact on the overall lighting design of a room. For instance, the WAC Lighting fixtures in the image here offer a unique style element to the room.


Whereas general lighting is often out of view, in the form of recessed cans or flush mounts, decorative lighting is meant to be seen. Often, decorative lighting can even serve as the focal point in the room, think a beautiful, large chandelier.

Just because decorative lights are chosen for their aesthetics, does not mean their dimensions and purpose can be ignored. Decorative lights can serve as ambient, accent or task lights, depending on how they are used. For example, a beautiful floor lamp can also serve the purpose of illuminating a reading nook, making it more functional.

Proper usage

Ceiling fixtures are one of the most outright representations of decorative lighting. Chandeliers and pendants can hang at a variety of lengths to accommodate different ceiling heights and furniture placements. Mini pendants typically provide a smaller, more direct light, while fixtures housed in drums and bowls are better for a broad wash of ambient light.

Sconces can be used to bounce light off the ceiling – an elemental technique in making any room look larger – but can also be decoratively styled. They are manufactured in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be used to add elegance to both tasks and room accents.

Very detailed fixtures that are visually stunning, but may not provide much light should not be overlooked. A well-placed light can be just what a room needs to eliminate shadows or set a tone.

If you are looking for the perfect decorative embellishment to complete your lighting design, visit an ALA showroom and speak with a professional. ALA showrooms offer lighting in all price ranges and styles to meet any homeowners needs.


2 Comments Add yours

  1. thanks for publishing this post


  2. Roberto says:

    Decorative lighting is something that customers should look into when trying to give a personal touch to their rooms. In our case we try to match the room decor with our lighting fixtures so that we create an armony not only with the flood of lights but for the entire ambience. At Illuminitaly we see our lighitng fixtures as true work of art to display during day hours and use as illumination source at night. The craftsmanship we use to mold the ceramic and to decorate it, comes from a long tradition of Italian artisans who put their passion into creating unique pieces of lighting to satisfy any decorative desire and taste.


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