Congratulations, this is big! Whether you are decorating a college dorm or a first apartment, style, price and function are all very important considerations. Assuming you are tackling lighting design for the first time let me start with this basic tip: with the exception of the kitchen and bathroom, one watt of light per square foot (1/5 for fluorescent and for halogen.) With that basic general lighting taken care of, now you can layer in some additional task lighting for say reading or studying.
This should provide sufficient lighting for most people. 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. 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.