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Minka Aire Light WaveCeiling Fan - 52" White
“Your ceiling fan should feel seamless and act as a quiet contribution to your overall design!”
- B. Powers, Interior Designer
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Lighting is one of the most important stages in any design project. Different designers approach it in their own way, but it should be considered toward the beginning of the project. If you are making selections for your own home, first try to think about how much light you will need. After evaluating your lighting needs, then you are able to decide how many fixtures you will want, the scale and what style you prefer. You want the lights to be effective, look good, but you also want them to coordinate with the rest of your decor.
Left: George Kovacs Copper Bronze Ceiling Light
Right: Holtkoetter Old Bronze White Halogen Ceiling Light Fixture
When it comes to loft living, which is quickly gaining in popularity, lighting is very important. Lofts are typically designed with a modern aesthetic, which means minimal furniture and the less furnishings you have, the more important each item becomes. Typically lofts have lots of big windows and natural light, but the functionality of light fixtures are still important. The gorgeous loft pictured above demonstrates a warehouse-style approach to their lighting solutions. The fixtures are installed in a grid pattern, however the fixtures themselves are modern flush pendants rather than track lighting. The scale of a fixture is also very important. Considering the large wood beams and open space in this loft, the fixtures could not be too small.
This white and gray loft features light fixtures that contribute to the clean decor without distracting from it. This lighting design also demonstrates a fun alternative to ceiling fixtures such as chandeliers and pendants.
Left: Holtkoetter Bernie Turbo Chrome LED Swing Arm Wall Lamp
Right: Holtkoetter Bernie Turbo Nickel LED Swing Arm Wall Lamp
The task-style wall lights are a very cool way to light the dining area since the ceiling is so high, which is often the case in lofts.
Left: Nova Arcing Linen Shade Floor Lamp, Right: Kichler Cantilever Brushed Nickel Finish Floor Lamp
The floor lamp has a long reaching arm to cover all of the seating area as an alternative to hanging a ceiling fixture. From a design perspective, it's perfectly acceptable to hang chandeliers or pendants from high ceilings, but there are other cool options as seen here.
This wide open space doesn't include a lot of lighting, but the fixtures that were selected provide a little color contrast to the rest of the space while pairing perfectly with the dining table. Forget having an issue with high ceilings at an angle, it's no problem here. This lighting design is perfect in both function and style.
Left: Bangle Collection Pendant Chandelier, Right: Jamie Young St Charles Amber Glass Pendant Chandelier
Whether you're designing a new space or just changing out the lighting in your home, be sure to make it a priority. Don't forget to consider function and scale first and then move on to style. Even though we all know selecting the prettiest fixture is always the most fun part!
Images: Smilay Properties, Trendland, Desire to Inspire, Eurostyle Lighting
Cori Magee graduated from FIDM with a degree in Interior Design and began working at a top hospitality design firm. When the economy forced much of the design world out of work, it turned out to be a blessing for Cori. She created her own design blog, “Pretty Haute Mess” (prettyhautemess.com) to stay inspired and involved with design. In doing so, she discovered not only a whole new network of designers, but she also discovered her love for digital media. Cori recently completed a certificate in Graphic Design. Follow Cori on Google+
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