Last, but not least, the mood lighting–for when you want a more sensual tone. Think dinner parties, or at-home dates, or when you need to numb out.
Mood lighting should be soft and warm–precisely the vibe created from a fireplace or candlelight. But, if a room full of candles still has you stumbling in the dark, add in a few lamps that work with a dimmer. And always go for halogen bulbs for that warm glow, and remember CFLs don’t work with dimmers.
Another option are vintage-inspired Edison bulbs–those antique-looking ones you see with the exposed filaments. Even without a dimmer, Edison bulbs have a naturally soft glow, especially if you opt for the version with a half-silver bulb.
When deciding mood lighting, pay attention to the number of Kelvins on the bulb–the lower the number, the more yellow the light. To match your candlelight, you want to target somewhere around 3000K.