Where to Begin in Choosing Lighting
Finding just the right overhead lighting can be very challenging. I think it’s been my most asked about question from friends: “How do I choose the right light for my space?”
There are a few things to consider when deciding what lights will work in your home & space.
What is the overall decor style of your home? If you aren’t sure, check out these Decorating Style Guides on Houzz. Even if your house isn’t exactly what you want it to be, which style resonates with you & exemplifies what you are moving toward?
How much natural light does the room get? If your dining room has just a small window, a 1-bulb pendant light will not sufficiently illuminate the room. Decide how much light is needed to brighten the space.
Measure! Recently, there was an amazing Pottery Barn chandelier for sale on Craigslist that I really wanted. However, when I took out my tape measure to visualize how it would look over our kitchen table, I realized it would be way too big. Give yourself a visual of the length & width of the light where it will be hung. Additionally, this Size & Placement Guide shows how high to hang your light, based on location.
Mix it up. Don’t be limited to one particular metal finish. Feel the freedom to mix metals based on what would look best in the room.
Don’t Get Too Trendy
I know the industrial style is a big trend right now, and I, for one, love certain aspects of it. We even made our own wood & pipe desk for our all-purpose room. For many of us though, we don’t live in an industrial style home. In an effort to not go too far overboard in a theme that may not be incorporated in your entire home, I suggest limiting yourself to 1 or 2 lights that may not be “on theme.” Choose a bathroom or other small room can be your trendy, “switch out the theme every couple of years” room.
For Many Styles
I decided to collect options of lights that I believe go with a variety of decorating styles. These lights have timeless features, not simply trendy. Just today, my husband sent me some pictures of lights that were in a brand new, million dollar home that he was pressure washing. Guess what? A few of the examples below were hung in that house! From a small cottage to large home, these lights could enhance a variety of spaces.
Hope this helps! Leave me a comment if you have questions.