Beautiful & Smart Lighting Choices

Beautiful & Smart Lighting Choices

I’ve been working on specifications and design details for a couple of beautiful new home projects in Lexington. One house is formal and elegant, and the other is a much more casual farmhouse style. Items such as lighting, cabinet hardware and plumbing fixtures feature consistent styles that work with the overall design of each house. The dressy, more formal house features details such as custom wainscoting in the dining room, coffered ceilings in the dining room and living room, elegant marble tile in the bathrooms and dark stain on hardwood floors. The farmhouse features more casual features such as stylish horizontal shiplap instead of formal wainscoting, patterned encaustic tile in the powder room (love it!), a rustic and chunky wood shelf over the family room fireplace (instead of a traditional mantel), and a beautiful gray/brown washed looking stain on the hardwood floor. Lighting is one important aspect of these projects that requires thoughtful attention to detail.

Here are some of the lighting choices I specified for the more formal, traditional project.

Dressy and delicate chandelier in soft gold finish. Photo courtesy Minka Lavery/Wolfers Lighting

A pair of coordinating pendant lights for the kitchen island. Photo courtesy Minka Lavery/Wolfers Lighting

Here’s another chandelier that I considered for the project. It’s elegant and tailored and would definitely add style and pop.

This is the same style chandelier in a bronze finish, which is still dressy but creates a totally different look and coordinates well with currently popular bronze door hardware and cabinet hardware finishes. Photos courtesy Houzz/Goodman Designs.

Here are a few examples of dressy chandeliers that I’d love to use on projects soon.

Drum shade and circular ring design in a beautiful finish. Photo courtesy Shades of Light.

Delicate, open latticework design with candelabra bulbs. Photo courtesy Shades of Light.