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LIGHTING 101 + OPEN FLOOR PLANS

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LIGHTING 101 + OPEN FLOOR PLANS

There are many guidelines that you should consider when selecting lighting for your home, BUT from our prospective, proportion is usually where most miss the mark! Pulling together the lighting scheme for a space can be hard and overwhelming. It’s going to be one of the most important decisions you’ll make when creating beautiful, functional, and cohesive spaces. I like to think about it just as you would when you’re putting together an outfit… only this time you don’t get to try on! When you think about the pieces individually you may LOVE them, but when you put on the entire outfit, quite honestly it may look like you got dressed in the dark! Obviously lighting serves a very functional purpose and you need to make sure you have the right amount of light for your space, but it also plays a huge role in the room’s design and can really influence the look and feel of the space. With that in mind, I hear so many people/designers refer to the lighting as the jewelry of the room. I personally think lighting is so much more then just an accessory!  

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OK, so now back to proportion. This can seam daunting, but there is a really simple rule of thumb that you can go by… it just requires a little math!

This is how simple! To determine the diameter of your fixture, simply add the length and width of the room……..yes that’s it! So for a space that is 10’x12’ the diameter of your fixture would be 22”. This is a good rule of thumb to go by in general. When actually selecting the fixture the dimensions may of course vary and I always prefer to be slightly larger than too small!

One more thing on proportion! Dining room/breakfast areas are other spaces that I not only take into consideration the size of the room, but the size of the table. Let’s take a rectangular dining table that is 42”x96”…I stick to looking for fixtures that are about 2/3 the width of the table. So in this example you are looking for something that is no smaller than 28”, and my design preference and experience would lean more towards a 30-32” diameter.

Now let’s chat about these open floor plans! When considering multiple spaces together, for example a foyer, dining room, kitchen and living room (which are our usual suspects in open floors)…this can get tricky! BUT, when done well, creating a curated but cohesive feel can tie everything together and reinforce the overall design. Remember this is the part about not falling in love with the pieces individually, rather being able to create a story and thoughtful progression of style, shape, and finish! 

 

One extra TIP!    * Light fixtures appear smaller in showroom settings *  So remember what I said about proportion and scale!

 

NOW for some fun lighting combos that we pulled together! Which is your favorite? And as always let us know if you have any questions or would like to chat with one of our designers!

COLOR OF THE YEAR ULTRA VIOLET

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PANTONE’S COLOR OF THE YEAR ULTRA VIOLET

Let’s chat about this color…I particularly love the impact that this color can have on your space. Whether you use it as an accent color or go all out with it this color has a way of bringing some thoughtful drama to any environment. The impact it can have is vivid and inspiring but still soft. I like to describe this color as mindful but magical!

As a designer the versatility of the color is very interesting. Ultra violet naturally has both cool and warm temperatures. This characteristic can make the color adaptable in almost any surrounding. Which brings me to the question I have been asked so many times “Ultra violet…….what does that go with?!” WELL the answer is that purples in general serve as strong complimentary colors and can really be paired with so many different colors. The experimenting aspect of using this color can result in unexpected, beautiful and even elegant spaces. 

I for one am really excited to see the transformations for this color throughout the year. Not only in design but in fashion and art. The creativity, the combinations, and the experimenting with this BOLD choice in color throughout the design industry will be one to watch! 

PRODUCT OF THE WEEK!

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I am OBSESSED with these metal and marble side tables! They can be used together or spread out across a room...creating your own look. The versatility of being able to tailor the combination to your environment makes me so HAPPY! 

GO BIG OR GO HOME IN A SMALL POWDER ROOM

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The JEWEL Box of your Home! 

So let’s face it almost every single one of your guest is certain to see at least one room in your house THE POWDER ROOM! With that being said the powder room is your opportunity to be impactful, dramatic, and playful while always pushing the boundaries of design.

I mean why not?! Just go there, have fun, and let your imagination run wild! When I am working with a client I always describe the powder room like being the jewel box of your house. This is a true moment where you can really exaggerate texture, color, scale, and elements you might not other wise have put together.

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GO BIG OR GO HOME IN A SMALL POWDER ROOM TIP #1:

What I am about to tell you is my number go to design tip for a drama filled powder room…Invest in the most stylish and beautiful faucet! Everyone is going touch and feel this element. Therefore the faucet should be a solid substantial part of the whole theme.

GO BIG OR GO HOME IN A SMALL POWDER ROOM TIP #2:

Artwork is not often thought about when planning your powder room! However, it can be a great accent and addition to your overall scheme. It’s the perfect moment for someone to appreciate a piece or two or several up close and personal in the most intimate space of the your home!

GO BIG OR GO HOME IN A SMALL POWDER ROOM TIP #3:

Lighting and a good mirror are a must! Depending on the feel and concept of the space, you can’t go wrong with a chandelier and/or a pair of amazing sconces. Really go for it and hang a mirror and lighting fixtures that might not be 100% practical in a powder room!  

GO BIG OR GO HOME IN A SMALL POWDER ROOM TIP #4:

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Last but definitely not least COLOR COLOR COLOR! BE BOLD with color. Let the space come alive through a dramatic splash of color. There are countless ways that this impact can be achieved!

 

 Ultimately JUST HAVE FUN and GO BIG OR GO HOME IN YOUR SMALL POWDER!