When building the home of your dreams, leave pendant lights to the professionals

If you've spent most of your adult life jumping between rented apartments and condos, reaching the level where you can afford your first house is a major personal milestone. Owning a home represents another step toward carving out your own slice of life and potentially starting a family.

This can be especially exciting if you're building your own domicile, rather than purchasing a previously owned residence. With a construction team on your side, there are no limits to the style and aesthetic you can achieve with your new home. However, just as you trust the building process to professionals, you may want to call in an expert when planning the interior design of your humble abode.

On this subject, celebrated interior designer Eleanor McMillan Brown once stated: "It is to the client's advantage and also to the architect's, to have a trained and experienced decorator with both technical knowledge and an understanding of interior architectural detail so as to be able to assemble intelligently the proper textures, colors, furniture and objects to make a consistent room. If all of these are taken into consideration in the original planning…a great many difficulties can be anticipated."

One of the areas that perfectly demonstrates Brown's emphasis of technical and aesthetic details is a home's interior lighting – particularly pendant lights. Even with beautiful furniture, colors and patterns, a room can suffer greatly from inadequate overhead lighting – leaving certain areas feeling like a vacant warehouse. Hiring a professional designer will help the architects and contractors install contemporary or traditional pendant lights in areas ideally suited to each room's specific dimensions and style.

This will allow a study or lounge to feature dim, relaxing illumination while the living room and kitchen make use of bright, glowing overhead lighting. By adjusting these elements in each room of your home, you'll ensure the highest comfort and visual appeal.