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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 its 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 its 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 wave of Mid-Century Modern design has taken over the marketplace. As one of the most popular trends in interior styling today, finding the right lighting fixtures to achieve this look can be an overwhelming endeavor. Here’s a step by step guide on how to pick your perfect mid-century lighting fixtures, without actually taking a step “back” in time.


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Keep it simple.  Smooth style lines and basic shape structures are your friend when searching for lighting fixtures for Mid-Century Modern spaces.  Less is more here- the simpler, the better.



Incorporate warm, neutral fabrics into your product selections.  The Drum Shade pendant is your friend here.  Bringing in a woven texture, like the one on this fixture from Quoizel can add a pop of interest to your space, while still exuding a strong, simple silhouette for a modern interior.




It is no secret, warm wood tones are a key product choice in mid-century modern designs.  Many lighting manufacturers have several fixtures embracing this raw material. Whether it be the main element in a hanging pendant, or a small wooden accent incorporated into a wall sconce- wood is where it’s at.


A classic neutral packed with a powerful punch, white is a staple in modern design.  Having more neutral elements in your room will lend a sense of importance to other items of color that are incorporated into the space.  Don’t be afraid of it’s lack of pigment- White can speak volumes.kichler_danika_43680wh_livingroom_sq

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