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Do all my lights have to match?

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Here are four splendid lights that look absolutely fabulous together, but aren’t and exact match.

I have been getting these questions a lot, “Does this pendant have a matching sconce?” “Does this come in a family?” A family is a series of lights that go together made by the same manufacturer, making the selection process easy. As an interior designer, I must stress, as long as you stay with the same style/period of the fixture, similar lines are repeated, and the finishes are close, you’ll be happy. I’ve even paired two fixtures that go in the same room from two totally different manufacturers. It is not necessary to pick lights from the same page of the catalog. I believe it is good to mix it up a bit. This also applies to finishes. Even if you have stainless steel appliances and brushed nickel hardware, you may want to use oil-rubbed bronze in your mini-pendants to break things up a bit. It’s all about the big picture, how it all comes together.

Take the Gestalt Prinicples for example, “The human eye sees objects in their entirety before perceiving their individual parts, suggesting the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” The best way to practice lighting design in a home is by finding items that are similar. An architect I used to work for said, when describing her own home, “My God, it looks like Pottery Barn threw up in there!” (She hated her matchy-matchy end tables and coffee table) Bottom line, a more eclectic feel, will be perceived as more “designer” and have a richer, warmer feel-this can be done by breaking up the family. Any time you take a risk, even a little one, you’ll be happier knowing you at least tried. Plus, we have a 30 day return policy, so no worries!

Thanks for reading! Karena

Contact me for a consult: karenam@creative-lighting.com or 651-647-0111 ex 112

2 comments… add one
  • Lighting Fixtures April 5, 2014, 6:07 am

    Hi Karena Monahan, I loved your lighting designs. you done extremely fantastic work with lights, Keep it up

  • Karena Monahan June 29, 2014, 7:06 am

    Thanks so much LIghting Fixtures!! I appreciate your kind words! I really love my job, it is so rewarding and fun!


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