The ceiling fixtures in our homes are arguably the most important ones, as they are typically used the most frequently and serve as the greatest light source in a room. However, the variety of lighting fixtures for ceilings seems to be unlimited. These pieces are available in all types of shapes, colors, and sizes, providing you with an array of options.
As when making any choices about decor in your home, you should first familiarize yourself with the variety of designs that are available. In the realm of ceiling fixtures, several types exist:
Billiard / Island : These decorative ceiling fixtures are ideal for installing over islands (the ones in kitchens, not the land masses) or billiard tables. They can range from more traditional ones, such as Victorian style, to more contemporary models.
Chandelier : A chandelier is a type of ceiling fixture that includes at least two arms that provide lights. The fanciness of chandeliers can vary, though the ones we are most familiar with, are those with crystal or glass prisms that create refracted light.
Fanlight shades : These attractive ceiling fixtures include a single shade or multiple shades that open up like a fan – either upwards, or downwards.
Flush mount: As their name suggests, these lovely ceiling fixtures are installed flush with the ceiling.
Inverted: This type of fixture literally appears to be flipped upside down.
Pendant : The Pendant ceiling light fixture features a design that is etched on the exterior of the fixture. This design can include just about anything, ranging from pine cones to flying ducks.
The Pendant fixture is very popular in kitchens, and you can easily install it above tables and counters. By shining white or colored; or bright or dimmed light through the room, you can set the mood for a variety of dining occasions in the kitchen.
Pot Rack: This type of ceiling fixture doubles as a ceiling lamp and storage area.
Semi-Flush: Varying slightly from the flush mount ceiling fixtures, these fixtures are almost, but not completely, flush with the ceiling.
Wall Sconce: A sconce serves as a decorated object that holds either candles or electric lights.
Here are some tips to help you choose from an array of ceiling light fixtures available:
1. Decide on the amount of light that you want a room to have
2. Keep in mind that each type of room requires a different amount of lighting, when you select a ceiling light fixture
3. Kitchens should generally include a generous amount of light, making them ideal for cooking. However, you may want to choose a lighting fixture for the ceiling that gives you a range of dim-to-bright lighting
4. When choosing a ceiling lighting fixture for the bedroom, you also want to have a range of dim-to-bright light. Bright light is needed for reading, while a dimmer light will relax your mind and body just before you fall sleep. You can select from a variety of ceiling light fixtures to complement the decor in your bedroom, including the wallpaper, walls, furniture, etc. Since you spend at least a third of the day in your bedroom, it should have a cozy ambiance.