Getting ready to start a new academic year? How exciting! Whether you are decorating a college dorm or your first apartment, style, price and function are all very important considerations. –And if you are taking on a lighting project for the first time, let me start you off with this basic guideline for lighting: the equivalent of one watt of light per square foot is just about right for most residential spaces (with the exception of the kitchens and bathrooms where you will want a little more; 2.5 watts per foot for a safe kitchen, bathrooms 2 watts per foot should be enough.) With that basic general lighting tip taken care of, layering in some additional task lighting in key spots for say reading or studying may be necessary. Task lights allow you to put additional lighting right where you need it and include floor lamps, desk lamps, table lamps and swing arm wall lamps. This should provide sufficient lighting for most people. We offer lots of styles and themes, including nautical, rustic, shabby chic, contemporary, hip, traditional, and more. To create the best lighting design in your apartment, layer your lighting, use a variety of height and directions in your lighting (uplights like a floor torchiere and plant lights, downlights like an arc floor lamp and directional wall light, etc.). Shades pendants are very popular in dorms. They are so practical and easy to use. We have a wide variety of shade pendants. Take a look at our “Young House Love collection” it is filled with stylish, price conscious lighting.