Our Lighting How-To

If you don’t already know, (and you totally should!), lighting is currently 20% off at McGee & Co.!! We’re all about those light and bright spaces so we’re really excited about this sale. To celebrate we’re sharing our top tips on lighting for you home! Whether it’s natural or accent, good lighting really sets the mood of your space and can completely elevate your home design.

Tip 1: Layer Your Lighting

To achieve the best lighting, it’s important to layer your lighting. Start with your overhead lights so your room can have that bright room effect. Can lights are great but bring in your accent lighting: table lamps, floor lamps, and even sconces. Not only do they add an extra design element but they help your space feel warmer and cozier.

Tip 2: Choose the Right Size

Finding the right light for your space is often the hardest part. Choosing the size of pendant over your kitchen counter, how high to hang it, or the right sconce in the bathroom can be tricky! We’ve made it easier with our Guide to Hanging Lights and Bathroom Lighting Solutions blog posts!

Tip 3: Create Moments

Use your lighting to your advantage to create special moments in your home. Adding a library sconce above a piece of art instantly elevates its status — even if it’s just a simple sketch! Highlight your built-in or open shelves with a sconce to make your styling stand out.


Tip 4: Mix Lighting

For open floor plans, you don’t want your lighting to compete so it’s important to mix your lighting. For example, in an open kitchen and dining space, go with a linear option over the dining table and a pair of pendants with a shade over the kitchen island. In a living room we’ll often swap out table and lamp at the end of the sofa for a large floor lamp.


Tip 5: Create Symmetry

Make a statement with your lighting by doubling up on matching table lamps and going symmetrical. It feels balanced but in a cool, unexpected way.


Tip 6: Or…Go For Some Asymmetry

Make a statement the opposite way by going for some asymmetry! Just make sure to balance your lamp out with a vignette and it’ll be one of your favorite spots in the house.

Tip 7: Break Rules

Rules are meant to be broken, and when you do them right it’s where a lot of the design magic happens! Task lamps aren’t just limited to desks—try them on bedroom nightstand! Play with scale and see the effect an oversized light has on your space.