Lamps help me in this area.
The highest quality light is natural, and therefore I prefer a great deal of windows. I leave my windows bare - no curtains of any kind - which, given we don’t have neighbors, works out well. Perhaps my Swedish side is showing itself.
However, there is the north side, hallways, and nighttime. For these situations, I vastly prefer lamps. In fact, I have almost no overhead lighting (including no skylights or overhead fixtures), which I find leads to cold, shadowy and not flattering rooms.
Then I try to position the lamps evenly where practical. For me, a square room is lit best with a lamp in each corner, and either all are on or all are off.
Given that, here are some examples of our lamps:
A "Gravitas" Lamp (handed down from a grandparent)
Another "Gravitas" Lamp (also handed down from a grandparent)
(Seek out a local shop that will rewire old lamps)
Handed Down from a Relative (using CFL bulbs, as I do with all lamps, can make some older low wattage lights more useful)
Hand forged and bought new
Bought New and Balances "Gravitas" and "Light and Bright"
The Closest I Come to Overhead Lighting
Lamps are easy to under-appreciate. But as with so many things, finding good examples and taking care of them has a profound impact on making a space inviting and comfortable.