Ceiling Light Buying Guide

Tom Dixon

Whether they’re in your kitchen, living room or bedroom, ceiling lights are more than the room’s main source of illumination. Their design and the light they provide can bring your room design to life. From single pendants to chandeliers and designer shades, to add the perfect finishing touch to your room design, you need to choose the right ceiling light. Here’s our guide on how to find the perfect piece for your kitchen, living room or bedroom.

How to Choose a Ceiling Light

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When thinking about which ceiling light to choose, you need to consider what you need, both in functionality and style. Questions to think about include:

  • How much light do you want in the room? Do you need it to be light and bright or dimmer and warmer to give the right ambiance to the space?

  • Do you want the style of your ceiling light to contrast or complement the rest of the room? This will help you to narrow down the ceiling light designs that will be most suitable for your space.

  • Which type of lights are you able to install in this space? Depending on the type of connections that are available, you might not be able to install certain lights easily, like pendants or chandeliers for example.

Once you’ve considered the answers to these questions, you can start to explore the available ceiling light styles with your particular specifications in mind.

Ceiling Lights for the Kitchens


Ceiling lights in kitchens are as important for safety as they are for style. As the main light source in the room, you need your kitchen ceiling light to provide wide coverage and bright light that can help you see while performing everyday tasks. Alongside any lamps or lanterns in the room, this light will give you visibility during food preparation, cooking and washing up, so it’s important that this is clear and bright.

Pendant lighting for kitchen islands or breakfast bars is particularly popular for this reason. As well as being highly contemporary and stylish, these lights provide direct and bright light to specific areas of the kitchen. Whether it’s a single pendant or a group of lights, this style can be as subtle as you like and are perfect for brightening up sinks, preparation areas, or even kitchen tables.

Alternatively, chandeliers for dining rooms or areas are the perfect way to add a statement piece to your kitchen space. Natural plumes, beads or multiple bulbs help to add extra texture and color to a space, or more unusual designs are a perfect way of bringing your own personality into a standard living space. Plus, lighting in these areas doesn’t need to be as bright as in the main kitchen, so you have more scope to be playful and creative with your design choices here.

Ceiling Lights for the Living Room


Unlike in the kitchen, ceiling lights in your living room can be dimmer and help to set the mood or ambiance of the room. As one of the most flexible and versatile spaces in your house, your ceiling lights also have the potential to be as subtle and sophisticated or standout and contemporary as your style dictates.

With a variety of textures, patterns and materials available, it’s important that the ceiling light you choose suits the height of your ceiling as well as the room’s design. Large chandeliers for living rooms with low ceilings may seem overwhelming, whereas a multi-armed light will still be contemporary but leave lots of room for other statement furnishings.

Ceiling Lights for Bedrooms

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Although your lamps and lanterns may be the most commonly-used light sources in your bedroom, it’s important to think carefully about your design and style when you’re deciding what ceiling light would be best for a bedroom. Thanks to their subtle style and unobtrusive design, flush or semi-flush ceiling lights are a very popular choice for bedrooms. Particularly in children’s bedrooms, ceiling lights that are simple, not distracting or too bright are the perfect option for sleeping spaces. Or, if you fancy lighting that reflects your mood, colored LEDs are a great option.

How to Choose a Ceiling Light Shade


Some ceiling lights, like chandeliers and flush fixtures, don’t need light shades. However, if you want to add your own touch to a pendant or hanging lamp, then choosing a ceiling light shade is a perfect way to set off the rest of your furnishings.

There are three main elements you need to consider when choosing a ceiling light shade: textures, patterns or colors, and shape. Soften your bedroom with a feather or fabric light shade or add a clean, contemporary finish to your kitchen with metal or glass.

If you have patterned rugs, curtains or wallpaper in your room, then choosing a light shade of a similar pattern will add a cool contrast. Or, choose a brightly colored shade to add a bold, unique finish to your room.

Similarly, the shape of your lamp shade can soften or sharpen your overall room design. Rounded shades are a great way to finish a relaxed, contemporary style and straight edged shades provide a classic, clean look.

For the perfect finishing touch to your living space, look no further than AMARA. With hundreds of stylish ceiling lights to choose from, you can find the statement piece or designer shade to complement your room design. Settle for nothing less than the ideal finishing touch with our range of ceiling lights.

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