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Dining room lighting should be both beautiful and functional. This is best accomplished by using a combination of task, ambient and accent lighting. These various layers of lighting establish the mood for a variety of functions, including dining, homework or family bookkeeping. Dimming controls will enable you to vary the light for each function.
Whether you use these rooms for entertaining, watching television, reading, or playing games, three to four layers of lighting should be used. These might include recessed lighting at the perimeter of the room, a chandelier or central decorative fixture for general lighting, wall sconces for mood and lamps for reading and other tasks.
In the entrance foyer, general lighting is needed to welcome guests and provide safety. This can be furnished by a decorative ceiling fixture, such as a large pendant light, that emits a generous spread of light. If more light is needed, consider placing matching wall sconces on either side of a mirror.