I consider a chandelier light to be an essential part of any dining room design because it really centers the formal style of the space. Perhaps I am old fashioned, but I really enjoy having a more formal area to entertain friends and family. Having a glamorous space that you do not use for every meal, makes those occasions that you do entertain in your dining room that much more special. Dining room light fixtures are a huge part of establishing that more luxurious style that I consider characteristic of these spaces. This is my own personal dining room that we just redecorated to coordinate with our new kitchen design. I wanted to keep a simple grey color palette that blends well with the adjoining room, but one that would not distract from art, decorations, or tablescapes that I may bring in during various holidays or events. I did a combination of recessed ceiling lights and a large chandelier to ensure that there was adequate brightness if we need it, but also that old Hollywood glamour that I love.
Choosing the right kitchen ceiling lights is an important part of finishing your design. I didnt realize until I embarked on my own kitchen renovation, that little details like ceiling lights can actually have quite a large effect on the overall look of the space. We started with a very traditional style kitchen (to match our colonial home) but knew that we wanted to breathe new life into the space with some bold modern designs. We kept the majority of the cabinets quite neutral in style, just white shaker designs, but had fun with an edgy island and cool modern ceiling lights. As you can see, we added two frosted globes over the island to center the unit and brighten that workspace. Then, I found this awesome abstract fixture to hang over our breakfast table. It it made of a bunch of hanging bulbs attached with wire to a beautiful reflective chrome base. I think it looks so awesome contrasting against the more traditional look of the wicker dining chairs and burlap cushions. I would definitely encourage fellow remodelers to think outside of the box as you choose those finishing pieces of your design.
The right dining room lighting can be the key to making the overall design look complete and well rounded. When we think about light fixtures for this room, I always picture a large traditional brass chandelier with candle bulbs. Fortunately, todays decor trends have branched out from this singular look and incorporate a lot of cool ideas that you may not have though of before. Rather than using a typical ceiling light fixture, consider installing recessed lighting or spot lights like in this beautiful modern dining room. This style of lighting was neccessary in their home because of the unique duel dining table setup. A single chandelier in the center of the room would have looked off balance, and one over each table would have produced an odd feel. For these reasons, small LED ceiling lights like these presented the best option for the space. To give that chandelier look, they did add large elegant crystal candelabras on the table that mimic a large traditional fixture. I think it is a fantastic spin on your typical dining room decor.
Kitchen lighting is one of those final design decision that tends to be an afterthought after the exhausting of completely redecorating these complex rooms. This is unfortunate because, in my experience, beautiful ceiling lights can really make a huge difference in the finished look of a space and actually catch potential buyers' eyes when they are viewing a home. For this reason, I encourage you to pay attention to all of your fixtures whether they are pendant lighting, sconces, or chandeliers, and be sure that they perfectly accent the beautiful design that you have spent so much time and money creating. I always like to show my clients this home as an example of how ceiling lights can really make a design pop. The huge hanging pendant lights (chandelier size for some homes) accentuate the lofty ceilings of this huge two story kitchen and put the perfect finishing touch on the trendy park avenue design. Without these pieces the space would look quite ordinary, rather than extraordinary.
Bathroom lights are one of those decorative items that, quite frankly, can be a pain to pick out because they are so boring with not a lot of variety in your options. I am so tired of those traditional vanity lights with the curvy frosted glass shades or stark Hollywood makeup mirror lights with no damper. When we started planning out our new master bath, I knew I wanted to use something a little bit different for the space. I love modern lighting with simple and subtle features, I hate it when your fixture becomes the focal point of the space. For this reason we decided installed recessed lighting to provide the majority of brightness for the room. To accent these ceiling lights, we chose small contemporary style sconces to flank the his and hers vanity mirrors. I really liked the design of these fixtures because they are small but have a cool abstract shape to them, and the pretty frosted glass cover dims the light a bit so that it is not too bright in the mornings. I am quite happy with how the room turned out overall, but especially happy with this lighting choices.
It was during a recent remodel that we came across these beautiful living room ceiling lights. The glass crystal strands draping from the ceiling to support the lamp creates more light than what is actually there. We were immediately drawn to the ornate flush mount ceiling light for they resemble a chandelier with an ornate twist. We simply love the elegance these ceiling lights give to the overall aesthetic of our home. Yet, they are casual enough to go with our simple decor. So awestruck by the lights, that we decided to go with two, including the dining room and one above the bar. To create a cohesive look, we went with a variation of the design in the living room. Simple and classic yet refined and chic, we could not be happier with the choice of these ceiling lights.