If you’re designing a new home or rebuilding after the fires, start talking about lighting from the get go. This will ensure you have a plan for the electricians to run power to the places you’ve designated as prime lighting locations. Then, as you begin discussing furniture, think about the style of the lighting you want to use.
Starting from scratch isn’t the case for many of us, but that doesn’t mean our lighting has to be any less effective, aesthetic, or fun. In today’s modern world, light fixtures are pieces of art, conversation starters, and statement pieces. Decorative chandeliers are back. In fact, decorative lighting is experiencing a revival in the living room more than any other room. Give that space a fresh new look with a single chandelier, a pair of chandeliers, or a couple of sconces.
Making a Statement
When you’ve got an open floor plan, you can maximize one room and minimize the other two rooms, placing a major statement piece over the dining room table, for example. Choose something large and unique that serves as an art piece, and put recessed lighting in the other rooms, so it has nothing to compete with.
Perhaps you’d rather make a statement with a sizable lamp and full shade that can fill a corner. Every space is different, so that’s the first thing to consider: your space. If a massive chandelier in the dining room of your open floor plan isn’t right for your room, try a smaller more traditional light with a couple of complimentary hanging fixtures in the kitchen.
When determining the style of your light fixtures, such as open and airy or something heavier, think about the space and how much of a statement you want to make. If you have a really high ceiling, it may feel out of scale with nothing in it. Bringing in a large light fixture that has some volume to it will finish the look and make it feel like a thoughtful design. Our designers can easily help you decide what would relate to the style –traditional, transitional, or modern – of your space.
Providing Enough Light
When wondering if you have enough lighting in a room, there are three components – task lighting, ambient lighting, decorative lighting – that are especially important to check off your list. As you walk into your living room, are you able to see your more decorative items? Can you sit down and read a book? Is there enough overall light in the room in general?
Today, we’re accustomed to having a good quantity of light, so the ideal lighting plan is a combination of recessed cans and decorative lighting. Unless overdone, lighting and lamps alone do not make a room feel quite bright enough, so strategically placed recessed lighting can subtly add just the right amount of light.
In addition to ensuring ample brightness, recessed lighting can be the ticket when it comes to showing off artwork. Because of its discreet nonchalance, it can draw all attention to the artwork alone. Traditional picture lights that are clean and modern and lamps on consoles will do the trick as well. And for a bit of off-the-beaten-path fun, a carefully coordinated decorative light fixture that puts a glow on a piece of art that’s hung just off to the side can create an asymmetrical composition, art and light all in one.
One of the most common mistakes when it comes to lighting is over-lighting. Use the function of dimming to help eliminate this temptation. And make sure the artwork is lit a little brighter than the overall lighting for a cozy evening atmosphere.
Most importantly, have fun! It’s all a combination of what you’re attracted to and what’s going to work best in your home. Whether it’s lamps, sconces, or chandeliers, our trained designers will help guide you on how much light you need in your space so that it’s functional, decorative, and comfortable.