Ambient lighting can be used to draw attention to architectural details and other points of interest in the kitchen, such as ceilings or floors. 


Ambient lighting can be functional and/or decorative. The idea of ambient lighting is to illuminate an area with the glow of light as opposed to a visually abrasive beam from an exposed bulb.

Ambient lighting can be seen with walls and ceilings that are washed with splashes of light from torchiere lamps that cast a broad beam of light upwards. The current trend of utilising a softly glowing band of white or coloured light above bookcases, entertainment centres, valances, and even along the interior lines within our cars is an effective and appealing use of decorative ambient lighting. These bands of light bring dark corners into the visual field and are psychologically comforting.