The design of a room goes beyond the color of the walls and the placement of decorative accents and area rugs. Lighting plays a huge part, perhaps the most important part, in the feel and mood of a room.
First off, you can manipulate the mood of a room with lighting. So, determine what the mood is that you want.
Mood = Warm: welcoming, cozy, and relaxing. Emphasize gold and red tones to add a warm aura.
Mood = Neutral: dynamic yet with harmony. Reinforce natural light with middle-spectrum lighting.
Mood = Daylight: vivid, fresh, and cheerful. Provoke activity with streams of light.
Bathrooms: often thought of as a vanity area, light in the bathroom should be versatile. On one hand you want there to be multiple types of lighting to aid in getting ready and optimum visibility. While on the other hand, you want there to be an alternative to turn your bathroom into a more relaxing, oasis where you can unwind and calm yourself before or after the day.
Bedrooms: similar to bathrooms, you want your bedroom to have various layers of lighting, making the space adaptable to your needs. Bedside table lighting for reading and before-bed needs, full-room lighting for dressing and cleaning, and other, layered lighting for any mood you happen to be in.
Kitchen: another room where versatility is paramount, kitchens can be meal prep areas as well as hosting and gathering locations. Light in specific areas like countertop lighting as well as over head make for a kitchen with multiple uses and conveniency.
As a rule of thumb for all rooms, lighting should be adaptable to any situation that may occur. Therefore, multiple layers of lighting is always a great idea so one isn’t boxed into one kind of lighting purpose and use.