It was our biggest and best Ugly Light Fixture Contest yet, and after hours of deliberation, the Creative Lighting Team has chosen a winner…
Congratulations to Laurie Plattes of Laurie Plattes Interior Design for her winning submission!
Laurie’s entry was a stand-out for several reasons. The “ugly light” fixture submitted was actually the entire ceiling of an out-dated kitchen! This ancient, back-lit lighting system created a dim and dreary environment for such a high task and heavily trafficked area in the home. The transformation Laurie executed on the space with a new ceiling and new recessed lighting is bright, beautiful and much more efficient. What a complete transformation!
We had several note-worthy entries this year that deserve recognition, however. Take a peek at some of the other top contest-contenders, and our expert recommendations on how to update the looks with today’s top lighting trends.
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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!
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.
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 month of June is always an exciting time for the Creative Lighting team as we make our second trip of the year to Lightovation in Dallas, Texas. From floor to ceiling, this lighting marketplace is always filled with a broad range of new product designs to embrace and the latest in lighting technology to see. We arrive with eager minds, long wish-lists and comfortable walking shoes…as it is, in all of it’s glory, a lighting shopping marathon.
In a recent blog post, David gave us his pre-market thoughts and wishes as he prepared for the trip to Lightovation. Freshly back from market, he now shares some bright reflections about what the Creative Lighting team discovered while in Dallas last month.
THE FINISH LINE-
While anticipating an abundance of gold combination finishes, we were also met with many new finish offerings combining brushed nickel with black and zinc-colored metals. This fresh color combo breathes some life into the brushed nickel world, which desperately needed a little pick-me-up. “While I loved seeing all of the gold finish offerings on many new product designs, it was also refreshing to see manufacturers come up with a new way to incorporate nickel metals again- I loved it.” states David.
FLUSHED AND FAVORED-
Finding new flush and semi-flush mount ceiling fixtures for our showroom was at the top our our list while heading into Dallas last month, and we were not disappointed with what we encountered. New options awaited us at many of our favorite vendors: HINKLEY, TROY, FEISS, CAPITAL, HUDSON VALLEY and QUOIZEL all had exciting new releases for us to take in. “We found lots of great new options in these categories,” said David. One of the crowd favorites? The Harrow semi-flush from Feiss– an expansion item to an already popular family that is sleek, transitional and available in two different sizes and finishes. Troy and Hudson Valley Lighting also wowed us with their Allure and Harrison series, both of these available in- you guessed it… GOLD!
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