Avoid using one central light which will create hard shadows and possible glare. Instead aim to use plenty of different light sources to create pools of light, giving a much more interesting effect. Read more >>
Illuminate bookcases, pictures or objects with picture lights or halogen spotlights. This indirect lighting of a different colour will add contrast.
Wall lights and pendants on a dimmer switch can raise the level of illumination in the room without needing to adjust any of the other light sources but beware of glare if they are mounted too high.
Indirect light from wall washers (light fittings designed to light the wall and ceiling often made in ceramic or plaster) will create dramatic effects. Remember that the light given from wall washers will be coloured by the surfaces upon which they are mounted.
Floor lamps come in many guises and can be very effective at adding general illumination to a dark area where it is not easy to fit wall lights, ceiling lights or table lamps.
A floor uplighter provides a bright wash of light across the ceiling. Some are fitted with dimmers and others have a second flexible arm for reading.