If you’re decorating your home, chances are, you already know the importance of good lighting. The proper mix of natural light and light from electric sources can help a room be both beautiful and functional, no matter the time of day.

However, choosing the right fixtures to accomplish proper lighting can be challenging. Use the following tips and tricks to design the best combination of light sources for every space.

Tip #1: Focus on Function

Though it can be tempting to choose light source based on their beauty and style, don’t forget that your primary goal is providing a space with adequate brightness. Design task lighting for “workspaces”, like kitchens, offices, and even bathrooms. Creative wall sconces and pendant lights offer great ways to combine functional lighting with artistic preferences.

Do research to choose the best light switches appropriate for a workspace, too. For example, studies show that polyester tactile switches can be pressed over 1,000,000 times without showing signs of wear. This style might be great for managing multiple light sources in a high-traffic area, like the kitchen. Similarly, for rooms that require mood lighting, dimmer switches can help a bedroom or living room meet your day-to-day relaxation needs.

Tip #2: Embrace Variety

When choosing light sources, don’t be tempted to stick with simple and safe designs. Interesting light fixtures can add a whole new artistic element to a space or highlight a region of the room. Funky table lamps, elegant floor lamps, and brightly colored pendant lights can bring both more light and unique charm to your design.

Many designers also agree that layering light is important to a good interior. Rather than using one source, multiple light sources can create visual interest and a more complete, intentional look. Embracing variety can also help homeowners have more control over how a room is lit. Being able to turn off some lights, but not all, can create a relaxed atmosphere for sleep, or a fun mood for hosting parties.

Tip #3: Install Properly

Finally, a light can be rendered useless if it is installed incorrectly. Before choosing a light, do some measuring to be sure it is the correct size to bring enough brightness to a room. For general purposes, remember that chandeliers should hang about 30 to 34 inches over a tabletop, and that there should be about seven feet of clearance between the floor and any hanging lights so that guests don’t hit their heads on your light fixtures!

The key to good lighting is remembering to consider both style and purpose. Plan lighting designs that marry both fun and function to create beautiful lighting throughout your home!