There’s no other part of the home that delivers a mood, message, or eye candy quite like your lighting. We believe that decorative lighting is one of our greatest accessories. No other element in the home can provide warmth and create the same cozy atmosphere.
From outdoor sconces with major curb appeal to beautiful chandeliers, lamps, pendants and wall lights, position light carefully and bring a room to life. There are no set rules, but we suggest using your room for a few days and noting where you feel light is needed most.
Lighting the kitchen
A kitchen island may call for swooping pendant lights to provide low-lying lighting that puts your signature dishes in the spotlight. For large kitchen islands, you might consider installing a trio of pendant lights. For best results, be sure the middle pendant lines up with the center of the island and evenly space the others on either side with at least 30″ of space between them. Adjust the length of each so the bottoms of the pendants measure 30” – 36” from the island surface.
For a smaller kitchen island, consider hanging a pair of pendants to achieve a similar look. Create clean lines with petite hanging shades, or really make a statement with oversized, industrial-inspired fixtures. The same rules of thumb apply for a pair: be sure to leave plenty of room (30”– 36”) between the bottoms of the pendants and the surface of the island. The widest points of the pendants should be spaced at least 30” apart, equidistant from the center of the island for an even spread of light.
Lighting the dining room
One of the best ways to make a statement in your home with lighting is selecting a gorgeous dining room chandelier. Try to select a style that complements the architecture of your home or contrasts it for added interest. Leaving at least 30″– 36″ of space between the table and the bottom of the fixture ensures you’ll have enough room for a vase of flowers or centerpiece, and an unobstructed view of your guests. To avoid casting unwanted shadows, the width of the chandelier should be at least 12″ narrower than the width of the table (6″ narrower on each side).
While the table should be the center of attention, don’t forget to incorporate wall sconces or buffet lamps on a sideboard to create atmosphere and balance.
Layered lighting is the key to building a warm, inviting, well-lit room. You will need to layer three kinds of light: ambient, task, and accent. The three types of lighting work together to cast a warm overall glow, provide brighter light where needed, and enhance the style and architectural features of the space. With the right combination, you can bring “sunshine” to any room, create drama and even visually alter the room’s dimensions.
Ceiling fixtures are ideal for an entryway where there is limited space for lamps, and allow you to turn lights on easily when coming home at night. A small chandelier or pendant hung overhead can be a dramatic focal point that casts a warm glow. For best results, leave at least 7′ of space from the floor to the bottom of the chandelier, pendant or lantern. Be sure the widest part of the fixture measures at least 4′ away from any surrounding walls and note the distance needed for clearance when the front door is open.
Lighting works of art
When putting the finishing touches on a room, there’s nothing better than a beautifully lit piece of art. Beautiful art enlivens everything in a home and, of course, good lighting enhances that effect. To determine which size is appropriate for your picture light, start by measuring the width of the frame you plan to light. As a general rule of thumb, the width of your picture light shade should be about 1/2 the width of the frame.
Another important tip when it comes to lighting in your home is choosing your lamps. They are a great way to add personality and style to your home. Keep your eyes open and pick out individual lamps that are interesting, cool and fresh.
Lighting the bathroom
For a good bathroom design, sconces are a smart choice for illuminating the room where you get ready to take on the day. We have a wide selection of sconces that are sleek and attractive in their own right, providing just the right kind of light to illuminate your mirror and help you avoid showering in the dark.
The primary place to hang wall sconces in the bathroom is on either side of the bathroom vanity mirror, providing ideal lighting for the sink area. A general rule of thumb is to mount them 65”– 70” from the floor, at about eye level. This allows light to fully illuminate your entire face without casting shadows. Ideally, the fixtures should be placed about 28”– 30” inches apart, but achieving this depends on the size of the room and configuration of the design. When installing sconces above the mirror, the ideal height is about 75”– 80” above the floor.
If you have the space adding a gorgeous pendant light is a great way to add something unique and interesting to the room that draws attention. It’s the perfect way to put the finishing touch on your bathroom lighting selection.
We provide beautiful lighting with some of the most influential names in design. If you have any questions about lighting or their installation, please contact us, we are here to help. Remember to mix it up a little and plan ahead. Lighting really is your greatest accessory.