How to use accent lighting to decorate your home

Accent lights are directional lights whose main purpose is to provide visual separation in a room. They’re secondary lights in a room, and as a rule of thumb, they should be be three to five times brighter than the ambient light level. Wall-mounted fixtures, such as sconces, are a good example of accent lights, as are table and floor lamps.


For example, a chandelier in your dining room would provide ambient light, and one or more wall sconces would be the accent lights. Another use of accent lighting is to showcase a feature in a room, such as a painting or a collection. You’ve probably seen this in art museums.

Please take a look in some of our suggestions to increase the ambient lighting in your home.

The ambient light is usually dim, which invokes peace and quiet, and the accent lights highlight the paintings, keeping you focused on the art. You can do this in your home as well, and it doesn’t have to be fine art.

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Typically, a spotlight or floodlight is used to accent an object, though tracklights also work in certain applications. Higher wattage incandescent bulbs are often used in table lamps and wall lights for accent lighting, and halogen lamps are primarily used in spotlights. Please take a look in some of our suggestions for a proper accent lighting in your home.

Nyx adjustable coolie glass wall light

With their slim and understated profile, the Nyx Coolie adjustable wall light shows a versatile design that will look superb in any setting. This wall mounted light is perfect for living areas or in the bedroom as a reading light.


A wall sconce that allows you to direct light where you need by swinging the arm as you need it from right to left. The coolie glass shade head also can tilt up and down to adjust lighting in your interior.

Dublin 60.5cm solid brass picture light

The Dublin solid brass picture light 60.5cm gives a spectacular illumination to the picture and creates a sophisticated ambience in the room. The illumination of this display light gives an aesthetic appeal to the traditional painting as well as the wall.


The round shape and style complements the artwork. This display light comes with a shade that reduces glare and disperses light evenly on the picture.

Kent traditional adjustable spotlight

The Kent traditional adjustable spotlight entwines an ideal environment to contemporise your interiors with clean and simple looks. This adjustable spotlight is ideal for lighting rooms with lower height ceilings and works well in hallways and traditional kitchens.


This particular brass spotlight is adjustable and can be angled to direct the light where it is needed. The options are endless and the style is perfect for an industrial chic look.

Dale poster light

With a versatile and practical design, the Dale poster light brings an industrial style to any space in your home. This extendable light is a perfect companion piece next to your bedside or favorite reading chair.


This industrial poster light has a swivel arm that can be adjusted to a number of different angles. The simple and formal design is ideal for commercial use, including restaurant and pub lighting.

Bogota quirky pendant light

With a clean and simple design, the Bogota quirky pendant light provides a fabulous accent lighting in seating and display areas. Its angled silhouette allows for directed side lighting that makes it an ideal solution for commercial settings such as restaurants, office spaces and boutique stores.


This elegant pendant light works like a reflector that you can freely move around the light source, thus gathering the light and directing it towards the space or object you want to illuminate.

Accra traditional brass spotlight

With a slim profile, the Accra traditional brass spotlight was designed for lighting small areas. This industrial spot light looks great in a row over kitchen worktops, as a spot light for a treasured picture or object.


Very versatile, this brass spot light is fully adjustable and you can pivot it to angle the light exactly where you want, to create a unique atmosphere.


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