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2016,  Design Tips,  Lighting,  Progress Lighting,  Uncategorized

7 Lighting Mistakes Only Rookies Make

  • Our lighting solutions specialist Anne Suggs recently addressed some unfavorable – yet commonplace – practices in lighting that homeowners should take extra care to avoid. According to Anne, there are special things to consider when approaching the lighting in every room of your home. And with a little knowledge, the right lighting can make any design project less intimidating and more impactful.

 

  • Let’s take a tour of the average home for some easy-to-remember advice for your next remodel or design project.

 

  • Mistake 1 (for the entryway): AVOID placing downlights in a straight line down hallways. This can unintentionally create a cold “runway” effect.

 

Image courtesy of Toll Brothers featuring Roxbury entryway fixture and sconces
Image courtesy of Toll Brothers featuring Roxbury entryway fixture and sconces
  • Mistake 2 (for the dining room): DON’T feel like you are limited in using just one pendant as a focal point for the dining room. TRY multiple pendant groupings over a large dining room table.
Featured: Gather, three-light foyer fixture (P3928-09)
Featured: Gather, three-light foyer fixture (P3928-09)
  • Mistake 3 (for the kitchen): PREVENT over lighting this popular gathering space! Did you know that the kitchen is one of the most over lit rooms in a home? Alternatively, task lighting is an important element to get right in a kitchen – you don’t want to chop vegetables, slice onions or read the morning paper in shadows.
Toll Brothers kitchen featuring Archie pendants over island
Toll Brothers kitchen featuring Archie pendants over island
  • Mistake 4 (for the living room): DON’T use the same lighting throughout a living room with an open floor plan. COMBINE wall mounted fixtures with recessed downlights to add another layer of light – and contribute to a softer feel.
Roxbury Living Room Lighting
Roxbury Living Room Lighting
  • Mistake 5 (for bath and vanity areas): DON’T put just any fixture in a bathroom. Be aware of water ratings on fixtures that are going into the bath and vanity area.
Ryland Homes bathroom featuring Progress Lighting Equinox pendant
Photo courtesy of CalAtlantic Homes featuring Equinox chandelier
  • Mistake 6 (for the bedroom): DON’T install any type of light that could give off glare in the bedroom. A very important factor to providing a calming atmosphere is that the room is free of glare. Also, avoid placing a downlight directly over the bed.
Progress Lighting Noir chandelier in Toll Brothers bedroom
Progress Lighting Noir chandelier in Toll Brothers bedroom

 

  • Mistake 7 (for your home’s exterior): DON’T use cheap fixtures in outdoor spaces. Your exterior fixtures should be the most durable out of any in the house. REMEMBER, a little light outdoors can go a long way, so be sure not to over light. Also, consider how the lighting will look from all vantage points in the yard.
Outdoor living with Progress Lighting
Coventry lanterns
  • What lighting mistakes have you seen repeated in your experience? We’d love to hear from you and continue the conversation.