A more accurate, fitting play off of the well-known expression, “Let there be light!” in our case, would read, “Let there be wonderful, warm, aesthetically pleasing, stylish light that reflects my personal taste and lifestyle!”
And guess what? It doesn’t have to cost a fortune. With lighting reflecting fashion’s insatiable taste for the newest, hottest, most desirable trends, this means mass manufacturers have to keep up by constantly bringing new designs to the table at a cost-effective price. Not that there’s not room for the high-end, tailor made lighting, because just as fashion has its coveted couture, so too does lighting.
Translation? Consumers win. There is now something for every apartment dweller with limited space, Hill Country estate owner with decadent taste, and penny pincher in any economic situation with not a penny to waste.
So how does one go about finding the perfect light for their space?
First, evaluate your furnishings and accessories. What is the style or mix of styles in your space currently? For an example, a client of our recently had what we call ‘soft’ modern: Neutral colors, streamlined pieces, natural wood, modern art with splashes of color. While you are evaluating, ask yourself these questions: Do you want the lighting to stand out, and perhaps have a ‘conversation’ piece in your space? Or do you want the lighting to blend with it’s surrounding and have your furnishings do all the ‘talking’? Our example client decided she wanted something that would be noticed, but in a neutral color that would blend with her furnishings.
Second, ask yourself a few lifestyle questions. What will the space be used for? Will the lighting serve only a decorative purpose because there is other lighting in the space, or will it be the primary lighting in the space? We helped our client determine that she needed to have substantial light in the area, as her children often did homework in the space. These technical questions are important because fixtures come in a variety of lamping (industry name for bulbs) options, and choosing a fixture that doesn’t have enough lamping, will kill any affection you felt for it based on looks!
At last, and with assistance from a lighting professional, you should have some viable options on the table. In your final decision, go for the light fixture that says a little about who you are. Choose the one that feels right, but that also might not be what you would normally do. In our profession, we notice our happiest clients are the ones that go for the gusto and select something a little outside of their comfort zone.
Remember, lighting can be a power player! It is a necessary part to any remodel or new construction project, as well as to any homeowner who is looking to update their look. Gone are the days of 5-light brass chandeliers. Today’s world of lighting has unlimited choices for everyone, and that should definitely flip your switch and inspire you to change it up.
Aritcle and photos courtesy of Light By Design