It’s no secret- the Modern Farmhouse aesthetic has taken the world by storm. This coveted look has breathed new life into converted barns and farmhouses, and has provided design inspiration to millions a-la Chip and Joanna Gaines. Lighting manufacturers have fully embraced the trend, making it easier than ever for us to transform our homes into an HGTV worthy magazine cover. Read on to see some of our favorite fixtures that can pull your home into the Modern Farmhouse Movement.
Ready or not, here come the HOLIDAYS!
Rich in family traditions, holiday celebrations are about coming together at full tables with even fuller hearts to rejoice with family over food in the comfort of home. There is not a busier time of year for our dining rooms- which makes it the perfect time to make sure this space is wonderfully lit and on trend! Follow our simple style guide for inspiration for your dining room transformation this year.
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.
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Our entire showroom is on sale, which means it is the perfect time to spruce up for Spring and get a head start on your home improvement projects. With plenty of new styles and exciting trends to choose from, we can assure you that you will be bouncing into this new season with style. Hurry in for best selection!
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.
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.
ADD SOME TEXTURE–
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.
WARMTH WITH WOOD–
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.
Photo Credit: Kichler Lighting, Hinkley Lighting
With so many lighting fixtures at our fingertips, selecting the exact-right piece for your mid-century styled home can be a difficult task. We have put together a few of our favorite picks to help get you inspired and steer you in the right direction. Take a peek at our
Top 6 must have looks for
Mid-Century Modern Perfection.
FAVORITE WALL SCONCE: The Barron, by Hudson Valley Lighting
The layered architectural shape of this two-light structure, finished in nostalgic aged brass and black metal, sends us back in time. Adding this beauty to your walls will guarantee a modern transformation and eye candy of epic proportions.
FAVORITE DRUM PENDANT: The Hampton, by Hinkley Lighting
Clean, modern and mostly transitional- this white linen simple structure has become a crowd favorite among more than just the mid-century mod seekers. The strong frame and linear shaping of this beautiful drum, available in 3 different metal finishes, would grace any table proudly and be the perfect compliment to your modern decor.
What is a mid-century styled home without a little starburst? Just like the name suggests, this fun and funky sputnik-styled beauty creates a statement wherever it shines. Place it in a foyer, living room, or over your dining area to intrigue all who come across it’s show-stopping style.
FAVORITE BATH VANITY FIXTURE: Jasper, by Kichler Lighting
Sleek and sophisticated, this bathroom vanity series has mid-century mod written all over it! A streamlined body combined with retro and rounded glass globes makes for a winning modern fixture for any bathroom.
FAVORITE FLUSH MOUNT: The Anemone, by Robert Abbey
This iconic fixture, designed by Jonathan Adler, has become a showroom favorite when selecting for the modern home. The artistic and playful structure of this appropriately named piece will not only serve as a point of conversation, but will provide a beautiful shadowed cast upon your ceiling to create an ever-so-special glow within your space.
FAVORITE DINING ROOM FIXTURE: Meurice, by Robert Abbey
Available in three different metal finishes, the Meurice chandelier is a guaranteed stunner for your home! Equipped with 42 individual sockets, this fixture choice will illuminate even the darkest of dining areas and help to create the ultimate environment to serve your family and guests.
Photo Credit: Hinkley Lighting, Kichler Lighting, Arteriors Home, Hudson Valley Lighting, Robert Abbey, Inc., Pinterest.
A chill is in the air and the Holidays are right around the corner, which means NOW is the best time to evaluate your current chandelier situation.
Not only will your table be gracing the most delectable eats this season, it will also serve to seat and entertain your nearest and dearest family and friends, which leads us to ask you an important question…does your current dining room light fixture fit the bill? Or, are you in desperate need for a dining light re-do? Let us help you find a new light fixture that not only reflects your own sense of style and is the right size and scale for your space, but provides the appropriate amount of illumination for your dining room situation. Follow our four-step guide to selecting the perfect chandelier.
Step 1: Which SIZE is right for me?
Size and placement are of the most important in considerations you need to make while selecting a chandelier for your specific dining space. Generally, we advise selecting a fixture that is approximately half the width of the table it will be above. However, with each sizing formula, there are exceptions and stipulations to consider for every unique space. Here are a couple of general sizing guidelines to help get you steered in the right direction.
First, take your room dimensions (length and width) and add those figures together. Convert that sum to inches to achieve the appropriate sizing guideline for your chandelier.
Example: 12′ + 14’= 26′
Converted to Inches= 26″
Recommended Diameter of Chandelier= 26″
Take a peek at this video from Hinkley Lighting walking you through this formula:
This being said, each home and space is unique. If you have a large, open dining area with tall or vaulted ceilings, then you may demand a fixture of a larger scale. For this, there is another guideline to consider which pays more attention to the size of the table itself.
Take the smallest width of your tabletop and subtract 12″, the remaining measurement would be the recommended diameter of a fixture deemed appropriate for your dining room.
Example: 72″ x 48″ table
Smallest Width of Table= 48″
Less 12″= 36″
Recommended Diameter of Chandelier= 36″
The next most popular question we are asked is, “How high do I hang my fixture above the table-top?” This answer will vary depending upon your ceiling height, but the most standard guideline we use is to start with a 30″ increment between the bottom of your light fixture and the top of your table. This is the best measurement for ceiling heights of 8′, adding 1″ per additional foot of ceiling height- 31″ for 9′ ceilings, 32″ for 10′ ceilings, etc.
As with many lighting choices- size, scale and hanging height can be subjective. Using a grouping of smaller fixtures or chandeliers in lieu of the classic singular suspended piece, is another popular trend people are embracing. In this situation, the above formulas are not an accurate depiction of what you may need. Each space is unique and may require a different size and scale to help it “shine”. Don’t hesitate to visit us in the showroom with pictures of your particular space so we can best help you choose the appropriately scaled fixture(s) for your lighting situation.
Step 2: How much LIGHT do I need?
Our lighting language is changing. Instead of relying on our previous formulas focusing on how much wattage our fixtures are producing, we have shifted the conversation into how many lumens a light fixture is providing us with. A lumen represents the amount of actual ambient light coming from the lamp. This discussion can be complicated, so we have found a simplified formula to use as your guideline in determining how many lumens your dining room requires in this article from 1000bulbs.com, represented below:
General Floor Spaces= Require 20 Lumens per square foot
Dining Table and Raised Counter Spaces= Require 30 Lumens per square foot
Desk and High-Task Areas= Require 50 Lumens per square foot
Example: 72″ x 48″ (6′ x 4′) table
Square Footage of Table= 24
Multiplied by 30 (as recommended above)= 720
Recommended amount of Lumens for above Table= 720
Notice this doesn’t include the rest of the room. For the remaining square footage of the room, you would multiply that number by 20 (as referenced above) to achieve the additional amount of lumens needed to provide adequate illumination for the room’s entirety.
Example: 12′ x 14′ Dining Room= 168 square feet
72″ x 48″ table= 24 square feet
Subtract the difference= 144 square feet
Multiplied by 20 (as recommended above)= 2,880
Recommended lumens for floor area of Dining Room= 2,880
Add these two sums together to achieve your overall lumen recommendation for the Dining Room: 720 + 2880= 3,600 lumens
3,600 lumens compares to an average of 250-300 watts of incandescent light, or approximately 60 watts of LED light. Click here for more detailed information, and a lumens to watts conversion chart to help you with your calculations.
Step 3: What STYLE best fits my decor?
There are several key design features to consider when selecting the perfect chandelier for your space. Once you have determined the correct size and amount of light needed, the look of the light is the next most important decision. In order to find the right fixture to complement your overall look and decor, take some time to research the various styles and options available to you. Are you looking for something Mid-Century and Mod? Then stick to warm woods, neutral fabrics and simple, clean structures like this drum shade from Sonneman lighting. In need of a little Glimmer and Glam? Be looking for polished metals or lighter finishes adorned with glass and crystal. Evoking a Farmhouse Feel? Then dark or rusty metal finishes and more primitive shapes are going to be the key. Whatever style suits you, Creative Lighting is your source for inspiration. Come into the showroom, or visit us on-line to get started.
Step 4: Which FINISH do I choose?
With so many metal finishes to choose from today, it can be hard to determine which direction to go when updating your lighting fixtures. This step is in direct correlation to Step 3 above, but there are a few extra pieces of advice that will help you narrow the field.
First, DIFFERENT IS GOOD- It is okay for your dining room fixture to be unique from the rest of the house. The fixture you choose should be appropriate to the dining room feel you are trying to create, as well as connect to the furnishings you have within that space. This may not always be the same metal finish that is throughout the rest of your home. For example: if your house is full of smooth, satin nickel metals, but your dining room provides a warmer, more rustic feel- it may be more appropriate to select a lighting fixture with darker metals to help anchor the room.
Secondly, MIX IT UP- Long gone are the days where all bronzes look the same. Yes, it is OK to blend finishes within the same color family. Is your furniture hardware more of a smooth, uniformed oil-rubbed bronze finish? It is completely acceptable (if not somewhat encouraged) to use different shades of browns, greys, or even black, in coordination with the existing dark bronze hardware you currently exhibit. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box and work with something that isn’t quite an exact match in color. Taking that risk can reap big visual rewards for your space. The important piece to remember here is that the finish you choose needs to complement the look and feel of your dining room area.
Ready to get started? Head into the showroom and let us help you create the dining room atmosphere you have always wanted, just in time for this Holiday Season.
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PHOTO CRED: Hinkley Lighting, Feiss Lighting, 1000bulbs.com