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If your ceilings are relatively low -- 7 feet or thereabouts -- you'll want to flush-mount your lighting to allow the maximum headroom. That means the top of the fixture fits neatly up against the ceiling itself.
If you have a little more room to work with, semi-flush ceiling lights add an attractive touch. These fixtures have a base that attaches to the ceiling, but the lights themselves are extended a bit lower, yielding a more natural lighting effect and allowing for better styling.
If headroom is at a premium, or if you just like the effect, recessed ceiling fixtures -- in which the lights shine down from holes in the ceiling and do not protrude into the room at all -- are attractive and can be used for excellent effect, but are somewhat harder to install.