My basic rule is to use three main layers: functional lighting, a pendant light or chandelier, and lamps of varying heights. This gives you options of different lighting for various activities and casts a more flattering light. Overhead light will cast shadows and is generally unflattering, adding in lamps at eye level helps to counteract this.
Great lighting is one of the easiest ways to add style and character to a room. The biggest style impact is generally made by the overhead light. These are a few of my favorite pendants and chandeliers.
I would use all three of these together using the rectangular one over the dining room table, the geometric in the living room (maybe two of them depending on the size of the room), and the glass over the island.
This beaded chandelier makes me swoon. While some might not consider it traditional, it's neutral colors make it work in almost any setting. I would keep the rest of the room pretty simple like in the room below, and let the light be the star; it adds instant glamour and style.
Arhaus really helps get an idea of the scale and all it's awesomness!
Even better, the Lerato Chandelier helps women affected by HIV in Africa.
Once you have your overhead lighting, then it is time to add in the second layer, lamps. Lamps are like the accessories for your room. They can add a little brightness or interest to any area.
tripod lamp has great finishes and details that up the style factor and it works well with almost any decor.
The teardrop table lamp is one of my favorites from this entire post; it is literally like jewelry for your room. The design is sleek and elegant and how can you go wrong with crystal!?!
I love the shape of the rectangular lamp, it adds an unexpected twist and the petite height is perfect for desk top or a sofa table.
These two really complement each other well. The finial table lamp adds some serious architectural interest.
The base layer is functional, almost every home needs recessed lighting. Something that will give you lots of light when you need it. Recessed lighting is not the star of the show, it should be in the background and set on dimmers to adjust the light.