Interior Design Advice
All About Front Entry Lighting
Rules of thumb for double exterior door sconce lighting: Door-framing lights, placed 6 to 12 inches from the door casing, are a natural choice for symmetrical entries. A 13- to 15-watt LED bulb (labeled 60- to 70-watt equivalent) per fixture is usually enough. | Photo: Courtesy of Thistlewood Farms/Lamps Plus; Illustration: Arthur Mount
Decorating Lessons: Best Lighting for Any Room
Kitchens call for a more complex lighting plan because so much happens in the room. Plan overhead lights for heavy-duty tasks such as wiping down cupboards and sweeping the floor. Add task lighting, such as pendant lights over the island, bar, or sink, for detail-oriented chores. Accent lights show off collectibles or design features.