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General Lighting Tips

 

Updating your lighting doesn’t have to be intimidating.  There are many easy and efficient ways to create big lighting impact in your home.  Let us walk you through the six main areas to focus your lighting efforts on, and the best approach for each space in order to reap great reward with illumination!

 

FOYER

First things first, the foyer.  Your main entrance, whether big or small, is the initial impression of your overall style.  We all know the saying, “you only get one shot at a first impression”.  This is exactly why updating your foyer fixture is number one on our list.  This can be as simple as a new semi-flush ceiling fixture if you’re dealing with an 8′-10′ ceiling height, or a brand new chandelier for those 11′-20+’ applications.  If ceiling fixtures aren’t your jam, some welcoming wall sconces flanking the interior door or adjacent wall can also create big impact.  Whatever the fixture type- the foyer should set the tone for the entire home and provide a strong visual impact upon first glance into the space.

 

KITCHEN

The kitchen, often referred to as the heart of the home, is next up on our list.  We tend to all congregate in this wonderful place, regardless of it’s size.  We cook, we eat, we talk, we laugh, and we may even cry in this square footage of central command.  With so much activity happening in the kitchen, it’s important that we LOVE it’s aesthetic.  Along with great visual appeal, lighting in your kitchen also needs to be highly functional, and able to provide a properly illuminated working environment.  The trick to achieving this is all in the layering.  Emphasized more here than in other areas of the home, layering the lighting sources in your kitchen space is imperative. There are three main types of lighting we focus on here:

  • Ambient- The first, and probably most important, layer.  This refers to the main overhead lighting source(s) that provide you with the largest amount of lumen spread, or “lighting coverage”. Recessed lighting is commonly used in the kitchen for general or ambient lighting. Other central overhead lighting sources that would fit in this category would be large flush or semi-flush mount fixtures.
  • Task- Task lighting is any lighting source that is placed in particular areas of a room for specific “tasks”.  Under-cabinet lighting, for example, is a common type of task lighting found in a kitchen space.  When used in conjunction with good ambient lighting, task lighting is a very important layer to achieve proper illumination in a kitchen.  The addition of this layer creates a more uniformly lit working environment that is both flexible and efficient for the user.
  • Decorative- The label pretty much says it all.  Decorative lighting sources create visual interest within a space, as well as provide any additional lumen coverage for a seating or gathering area of the kitchen: island, dining table, breakfast nook, etc.  These fixtures create a layer of visual intrigue within the space and contribute to the overall design of the room. Decorative fixtures can come in the form of hanging pendants, chandeliers, or even wall sconces.

 

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THE GREAT FAN DEBATE

 

Ceiling Fan Fanatics…you know who you are. You simply cannot imagine a day without the breezy effects these moving structures create in your home. Enjoyable in any season, ceiling fans are an energy efficient way to keep your house cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter months, which make them a crowd favorite.  But, with so many different factors to consider within each home and particular space, how do you know what to look for when choosing your perfect ceiling fan? Let us walk you through our five-point checklist to help you solve the great fan debate.

LOCATION-

The most important place to start when embarking on your fan search is considering the location of your fan.  This determines what you will be requiring from it in regards to air movement, lighting options, and its overall functionality in your space.  For example- a standard 12’x12′ bedroom will require a more standard sized fan of 52″-54″ in span, while a 20’x20′ great room with vaulted ceilings is going to demand a larger ceiling fan of 60″ or greater to evenly circulate the air.  Is your fan located in a dry, indoor space?  Or, will it be exposed to humidity and other damp or wet elements?  Knowing this information will help our consultants determine exactly what type of motor and size of fan will best suit your space.  This informative video below, from Kichler, serves as a great tool to help you get started.

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A NEW SPIN

 

Long gone are the days of the boring ceiling fan.  With more options to choose from than ever before, people are integrating more ceiling fans into their homes. The fan industry has exploded with product offerings in every size, shape, design and color- you can now find a fan to suit virtually any style of decor and size of room!  Yep, the ceiling fan is making a big comeback, giving us all a much needed breath of fresh air- pun intended.  Here are our top 5 reasons why you should consider taking a “new spin” with a ceiling fan.

1. THE MINIMALIST & MINIMALIST MAX-

MONTE CARLO has hit a home run with this series.  Available in both 56″ and 72″ spans, these robust fans pack some serious design punch.  The sleek style lines and beautifully curved blade details give off a mid-century aesthetic while still evoking a fresh and modern feel.  Complete with an integrated 16 watt LED downlight and a CFM rating of over 7,000, this fan is anything but minimal in our eyes.

2. THE HUGH-

Hugger fan lovers- this one’s for you.  The Hugh fan from FANIMATION is strong, sturdy and ready for any environment.  Hugh is wet rated and suitable for use in all indoor and outdoor spaces.  Its versatile design and transitional look make it one of our favorite picks for 2017.  Available in either 44″ or 52″ spans, this fan will sweep you off your feet- and look good while doing it.

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