Light fixtures can be one of those very ‘adult’ things to talk about. They can be deemed as boring, but I’m telling you they don’t have to be! The right light fixtures in your home can add SO MUCH and they don’t have to be the boob looking dudes you see on the cheap isle at the hardware store.
The light fixture you bring into your space can really add character. The standard choice is boring so you have to actually look. Yes, you have to put in the work rather than show up at the hardware store, walk down one isle, grab the box and head to the door.
We all know I love online shopping. Sometimes online shopping means paroozing what the hardware store has before you get there because with the display, things can blur together. However, there are also amazing online vendors that can give you a very modern look delivered to your doorstep.
I think the number one thing to consider with you selections with lighting is practicality. How much light do you need from this fixture? Do you need it to move air or simply stand still? Some people need fans is bedrooms, some people prefer no air movement. Practicality has to be your starting point. Buying a fan with no light won’t do you any good when you really need a great light source and a statement piece. Are you catching my drift?
My living room has become a statement piece to the welcome of my home. I knew moving in I wanted a fan to move air but I wanted to not have just your typical midwest home. (Can you picture beige walls and over stuffed leather sofas?) Adding a modern light fixture helped me accomplish that. I found my large, 9 paddle fan online and went to Lowes to purchase it to avoid shipping costs. The guy that got it for me had about a billion questions, including if I had cathedral ceilings. Confession – I lied. I told him I did. I didn’t want the lecture of the fan would be too big for my space that he had been trying to get at through his laundry list of questions.
Moral of the story here is that you don’t have to go standard. There are about a billion options for your lighting now, so venture on and choose something that is both practical and your style rather than going with what everyone else thinks you should do.
Kitchens are another keen spot where lighting is important. You need to be able to see and this space is also the heart of the home. I recommend adding can lights to the space, so light is never an issue. However, the style of lights you choose also are a huge way this space is seen in your home.
My kitchen is pretty narrow. It’s straight back visually. Being smaller (but also the open concept style) I wanted to make sure it felt big. Feeling like the walls are caving in on you is the worst feeling and with a space that will be used so often, that cannot happen. Again, with it all being straight back visually, I didn’t want to obstruct the view. My home already has some details of acrylic scattered throughout and would later add acrylic seated bar stools (again, snug space, no need details to blend in rather than stand out). Having lighting that is completely opaque with the slightest details (silver hardware and ripples in the glass) accomplish the look perfectly and keep practicality high! If you have a larger kitchen you can get away with bolder, more statement going lighting, but narrow requires less hardware to keep with the flow.
And then we have the pretties. Not that all the lights aren’t pretty in their own way, these are more statement worthy, here for the style pieces.
The formal dining of my home is rarely used (like so many other homes), but is a great spot for larger dinner parties or special occasions. In reality this space holds wine (important) and is a pretty space see when you walk in as it is at your immediate left when entering my home and can be seen from the front window.
The original space had a very original chandelier when I moved in. I searched for quite some time and found this gem at Pottery Barn ON SALE! Key to most things is strike when the iron is hot so you don’t miss out, but also be patient in finding what you want and search often. Finding a Pottery Barn quality piece of this detail for less than $150 is a steal. Those steals are out there, you just have to be patient, search and be willing to jump when the opportunity does come.
CB2 is one of my favorite online shopping spots. Its modern but classic and has so many home pieces that fit my style. My striped outdoor umbrella and acrylic console table are two items that are key pieces from CB2, but also this light. My office is a creative space with fun and flair, so I wanted the details to say the same. I was able to snag this gem to continue that look.
And then there is my master bedroom. I had this chandelier in hand the day I closed. In fact, the day I closed, I painted this room and installed this light. I was excited, ok!
I knew I wanted the master to feel peaceful and calm, be a get away from the hustle of life. I felt like the chandelier helped point the space in that direction.
When looking at your spaces, make sure you understand the practical nature of each space. What function do you need? Then follow that up with the question of what do I want this room to say or feel? Sometimes you can go with a standard piece, but I also encourage you to do a bit more than that! Don’t take the easy route, truly transform your space into what you want it to be without cutting corners!
Here are a few lights to inspire your spaces!