Let’s use my dining room as an example.
I picked this chandelier from a catalog. As soon as I saw it, I just knew it was right for this house and the way I was going to decorate it. The rest of the dining room will fall into place under it and around it. It is the correct size, enhances the space, sets the mood, and provides the correct functionality.
Here’s the before.
This is a perfect example of the difference between a light fixture that fits the space well and is installed properly and one that does not fit and is not properly installed. Not only is it too high it is too small.
There’s a lot that goes into determining the best solutions for kitchen lighting:
Task. Used for work spaces, such as countertops where you are preparing food or inside a pantry closet so you can see what’s stocked on those shelves.
Accent. This adds depth and dimension to the environment. Examples include recessed and track lights.
Decorative. Decorative lighting is used to add interest to a space.
Because kitchen lighting is so complex, it’s a good idea to have someone come out and do a site analysis to assure you are getting the most effective solution. Of course we can help with this.
Don’t take shortcuts with lighting!
Lighting budgets are typically low for new construction and/or remodeling. If you are able, try to bump it up, it can be the difference between good design and great design.
Don’t forget about lumens.
Lumens are the amount of light you get from a bulb — in other words, its brightness. For instance, you need a total of 1,000-3,000 lumens to properly light a 250-ft. living room. Dining rooms need 3,000-6,000.
A word about dimmers.
Dimmers are a must have! They are great for setting the mood and giving our eyes a rest. I have them throughout my house, really on just about everything. They take up no extra space and serve as a guide in a dark area.
A few of our favorites and some recent choices for clients:
Mary Ann’s pick for a client.
Mary Ann’s pick for a client.
We love this teacup chandelier! Original, clever, and well worth the investment!
Can be custom made with your own teacups and silverware! Call for details.
Add some color.
Queen of the castle.
Love this vintage chandelier posing above the game table as if it has something to say. I can almost smell cigars and whiskey and hear the debate on which horse has the best odds. I don’t know why, but I expect Frida to pop through one of those doors too.
Notice the size of the chandelier and how it relates to the table.
I love the play on geometric shapes here too.
Photo courtesy of Traditional Home.
As you can see, there are so many ways to express yourself through lighting, but you can’t forget the mechanics behind it or you may be left in the dark. Choosing the best option can be confusing so don’t go it alone….call The Cob Collection and save yourself a “wait, what” moment.
Let’s create great design.
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