How-To: Interior Lighting


Did you know that lighting is one of the most important elements in your home? When natural light isn’t available, due to lack of windows or time of day, the mood and brightness of your home is dictated by interior lighting. Additionally, light fixtures are a large part of design and personal style.

 

Following are a few tips to get the most out of your interior lighting:

 

Diversify

Use multiple sources for light so that the ambience is just right. Think about a mix of recessed ceiling lights, chandeliers, sconces, floor lamps, table lamps, and under mounted lighting solutions. A combination will throw light in different directions and create a more generalized glow.

 

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5730 County Road 471 | McKinney | $648,000

 

Focal Points

Use task lighting and directed light to highlight desks, plants, art, and unique decor.

 

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4428 Greenbrier Drive | Dallas | $1,750,000

 

Dimmers

Consider installing dimmers in entertaining spaces like dining areas, media rooms, and living areas. Being able to set the mood for a meal, movie or cozy night by the fire makes all the difference.

 

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6436 Sudbury Road | Plano – Kings Gate | $2,399,900

 

Read the Room

Different rooms call for different light fixture heights, sizes, and illuminations. For example, overhead lighting makes more sense in a kitchen than it does in a bedroom. Smaller lamps, sconces and delicate chandeliers are better suited in bedrooms than large living spaces.

 

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5330 Pebblebrook Drive | Dallas – Russwood Acres | $1,569,000

 

Wattage

Always follow the instructions on your light fixture for maximum wattage, but don’t be afraid to take it down a notch. If the light fixture is more for decor than actual illumination, consider using low-wattage bulbs, which use less energy. Typical wattages range from 40 (for reading) to 80 (for putting on make up). However, utilizing multiple fixtures will allow for something in between.

 

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4340 Shenandoah Street | University Park | $1,450,000

 

Decor

The fixtures you choose have a visual impact on your space. Make sure to keep the overall look and feel of the room in mind when selecting fixtures, but don’t be afraid to go bold. Statement floor lamps or chandeliers are the perfect way to add a punch of style with just one or two pieces.

 

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3804 Villanova Street | University Park | $2,675,000

Of The Day: Dine Under The Perfect Light


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There’s no shortage of amazing decor out there these days, contemporary, modern, traditional, retro, you name it. It seems that there’s a never-ending supply of fabulous and surprising new home products to keep us on our toes. On today’s OTD, we’re looking specifically at light fixtures. While doing a little pinning, we began to notice some awesome light fixtures in our homes. Inspired by this, we went on a hunt for dining room and breakfast room light fixtures. What we found was both fun and beautiful. Check it out below!

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A. 3517 Chimney Rock Drive, Flower Mound, TX B. 4053 Lomita Lane, Dallas, TX C. 117 Blue Heron Drove, Kemp, TX D. 8209 Gallery Way, McKinney, TX
1. Two-Tier Chandelier 2. Wrought Iron Tiered Chandelier 3. Chrome Multi Light Pendant 4. Bubble Glass Pendant  5. White Flower Pendant 6. Mod Euro White Supernova 7. Cyrus Pendant 8. Chrome Pendant

Pretty great, right? Though these light fixtures aren’t perfect matches (well, #5 might be), they do show some important trends in home decor right now. People are having fun and playing with lighting in a whole new way, and we love it! Thanks for joining us for today’s OTD!