Illuminate Your Space – A Lighting Roundup
We’re often asked for that one crucial update that will “completely transform” a space and, although we have a few go-to solutions, my favorite game-changer has always been lighting! Lighting sets the mood throughout your home and a layered combination of natural, task, and accent fixtures is guaranteed to enhance your space’s beauty and function in a flash [pun intended]!
A quick trip to your local lighting store will prove that there are countless fixtures to choose from and, between selecting a style, finish and optimal size, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. So, we’ve broken down our team’s lighting faves by style and paired those up with tips and tricks for each that we hope will offer you the inspiration and guidance you need to refresh your home’s lighting plan. Let’s get glowing!
Consider your chandelier a crown jewel – it sets the tone, style, and vision for the rest of your space.
Chandelier Tips and Tricks
1. Although it’s important for your home to share a cohesive story, don’t become fixated on perfectly matching a chandelier to all of its surrounding elements. A great deal of beauty is found in the mix of contrasting styles and materials, which means it’s time for us all to brush up on our creative storytelling!
2. These large-scale beauties are generally front and center and can be more difficult (and costly) to switch out, so it’s worth investing in a piece you truly love. If you’re trying to pinch a few pennies, do that with less noticeable fixtures that can be swapped out more often.
3. Here’s a nifty little guide from our friends at The Mine that should help with sizing: length of room (feet) + width of room (feet) = ideal diameter of chandelier (inches)
We had fun spicing up this quaint little breakfast nook with a Moroccan-inspired chandelier. We love to let lighting shake things up a bit, especially if the surrounding elements lean more traditional!
A few more spaces where chandeliers play off contrasting style, attracting the eye without overpowering any of the complementary elements below:
What’s the difference between a pendant and a chandelier, you ask? In form and function, they’re actually quite similar; the differentiating factor lies in how many you’re using. Pendant lights are generally smaller and installed in multiples, such as over a kitchen island or along a hallway, while a traditional chandelier refers to one show-stopping fixture that serves as a focal point when centered over a table, seating arrangement, or entry.
Pendant Tips and Tricks:
1. Sometimes it’s best to throw out the rule book and have some fun. Play with scale by hanging an oversized pendant (or chandelier) in a smaller space – they can actually make the room feel larger!
2. Play off the surrounding materials in your space when selecting fixture finishes. For instance, your moody soapstone countertops might inspire you to select a light in a textural zinc finish similar to the Hamilton Lanterns seen below.
3. Always keep functionality in mind! Designing a game room? You may want to consider pendants with a sturdy metal exterior that will serve as protection in case a few pop flies happen to soar their way!
In addition to providing a soft, welcoming dose of task lighting, sconces serve as a sculptural art piece for your wall. Who has two thumbs and loves multi-functional design elements? These girls right here!
Sconce Tips and Tricks:
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1. Keep in mind that sconce style can be a tad more difficult to pull off than hanging a pendant or chandelier. Your measurements need to be incredibly precise and there are a lot of little details to consider before you kick off construction, especially if you’re thinking about going with mirror-mounted sconces which have become increasingly popular.
2. We highly suggest selecting your sconces early on in the reno/construction process so that your contractor can document the dimensions, ensuring that appropriately-sized cut outs are made in the correct area on the wall. Just trust – there’s nothing more frustrating than having to re-sheetrock because the holes ended up oddly spaced or too large for the fixture’s back plate!
3. There’s no hard and fast rule about where exactly to hang your sconces, but keep in mind that you want the light to illuminate your face in a flattering way – not too high and not too low. Also (and this is very important), the back plate’s location on every fixture is different dependent upon style, so be sure that your measurements are placing the actual light source in the appropriate spot on the wall versus the back plate or who knows where the glow will go!
Expert Tip: Placing sconces in an area of your home that sees heavy traffic? Choose fixtures with a narrow extension and install them slightly above shoulder height to avoid the risk of anyone bumping into your beauties.
Floor and table lamps may be the easiest and most cost effective way to transform your space with lighting! They boost function, enhance mood, and allow you to play with exciting new patterns, colors, and shapes in your space without committing to anything long-term.
Lamp Tips and Tricks:
1. Proper placement is key! Position table lamps so that they directly enhance task lighting for activities like reading, writing, or sewing, and place floor lamps in darker corners to help soften the entire room.
2. When selecting a lamp for a side table, aim to have the top of the base at eye level to ensure you’re capitalizing on as much task lighting as possible. That means, if you have a slightly lower table, you’ll likely be on the hunt for a taller lamp.
3. If you’re building new or taking on a substantial renovating, it might be worthwhile to plan for floor outlets. These allow you to incorporate lamps throughout your space while expertly disguising those pesky cords!
There’s no denying our love affair with Gregorius Pineo lighting, the hand painted beauty above. Elegant and subtly whimsical, it serves as a stunning focal point in any space.
On a related note, we’re loving these quick rules from The Spruce for bedside table lamps: “For a rough rule of thumb, your nightstand should measure between one-third and two-thirds the width of your mattress, and the bedside lamp should be roughly one-third the width of the nightstand, when measured at the lamp’s widest point (usually the base of the shade).”
We hope you enjoyed today’s lighting roundup! Have any fixtures in mind that we’re crazy for leaving off the list? Let us hear you!