Ambient lighting is the initial thing to consider as this will be your main source of light, providing light for the entire room. When considering your ambient lighting choices, the height of the ceiling plays a key role. You would not want to reduce head space with a low hanging pendant in a room that already has low ceilings. Instead look for a flush, or semi-flush ceiling light that can still make an overhead statement. Alternatively, subtle recessed ceiling lights can provide ambient lighting throughout, yet will not reduce head space at all and can be placed wherever you need along the ceiling. Supposing that you have a small kitchen with high ceilings… try using decorative ceiling lights to help provide balance and a feeling of symmetry. For instance, a 3-way bar ceiling pendant, or alternatively a chandelier, to provide a bolder statement and grab the attention of the room.