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!
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.
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.
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.