Meet Your Match – How to Match Your Lights

How to Tie your Open Concept Floor Plan Together with Lighting

When you first move in to your new home, you can easily be overwhelmed with all of the new possibilities of home décor now open to you. One of the many things on your to do list will be to update your lighting. Often times we move in and are left with the little pig tail hanging out of the ceiling and while this can be frustrating, don’t let it get you down! Take advantage of this lighting no-no and get into your closest lighting store to update your new home!

Nowadays the open concept floor plan allows for the kitchen, dining room and living room all to be seen through one viewpoint. With this open concept you can easily view your kitchen pendants, dining room chandelier and living room lights. Now this can be a little intimidating to keep all of our décor seamless and elegant all the way through. However, have no fear – we are here to help!

The best way to navigate your lighting choices in the era of open-concept is to decide on a finish/material, style, or shape to unite your lighting fixtures. Let’s start with the easiest one on this list.

Finish/Material
Matching finish or materials is one of the easiest ways to ensure that your home has a seamless transition between rooms. For example, hanging Z-Lite’s Iuka 16” Pendant in Brushed Nickel along your kitchen island in sight of Z-Lite’s Meshsmith 12” Flush Mount in Brushed Nickel in the hallway would make a fabulous pairing. The Brushed Nickel finish of both of these fixtures allow for them to easily work together to compliment your home décor. The additional mesh detailing allows these items the same industrial styling to be paired together.


Style
Pairing fixtures in the same style always for your personality to shine through your lighting choices. Using Z-Lite’s 6-Light Troubadour Chandelier as your foyer’s grand entrance piece could be nicely complimented in your dining room with Z-Lite’s 6-Light Linear Gantt Pendant.


Shape
Using shape to guide your lighting choices can allow you to bring a new layer of depth to your decorating. For example Z-Lite’s Moundou 20” Pendant in Bronze  pairs beautifully with Z-Lite’s 13” Mason Pendant in Chrome. The oval shape of both lights allows for the spacious design of this room to be brought to light.

Pro Tip: Hanging Height for Dining Room Fixtures

It’s that time of year again. The air is crisp. Apples are fresh for the picking and those big family gatherings are right around the corner. Which means you might be ready to elevate your dining room decor. Light fixtures are not only  a great decor piece, but in a dining room – they are essential. However, it can be difficult to determine the right fixture for your dining area. Specifically, it can be difficult to determine the proper hanging height for above-table fixtures.

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The dining room is a beautiful place to let your design style run wild. Between all of the furnishings, textiles and accessories that bring your space to life – there are still technical requirements that need to be met. For example, the table needs to be the right size. This is not only for your family, but also for the room. The table cloths and napkins need to be durable to hold up against dinner messes. Most importantly, the chandelier needs to provide enough light to illuminate your meal. It needs to be hung at a perfect height – not obstructing your view, but not too high – as it can look odd and obscure the light.

The positioning of your chandelier over your dining room table has a few good rules of thumb to remember.

Dining Room Style

There are so many options to illuminate your dining room. Whether your style is contemporary, traditional or something in between, you want to ensure that your lighting choice reflects your taste.

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Width/Diameter:

You want to ensure that your chandelier is at least 12 inches narrower than the width of your table on each side. That way no one knocks their head reaching for turkey at Thanksgiving dinner.

Hanging Height:

In a room with an 8-foot ceiling, the rule of thumb is that the chandelier should be 30-34 inches from the table. For rooms with larger ceilings, the distance of the light from the table will increase by approximately 3 inches for every foot. Therefore, if the room has a 9-foot ceiling then the distance of the chandelier should be 33-37 inches.

Getting the Look:

If you have taken all of the above pointers in to consideration, then there is just one last tip to make sure you get the look you are going for.modern-crystal-dining-room

Check Your View Points:

When hanging your light, take a seat at the table and make sure it is hanging the way you want. Then, take another peek from the entry way of the room. Does your lighting choice add to the overall effect of the room? Is it positioning correctly? Also, make sure the fixture is secured to the ceiling properly – you don’t want it ruining your next dinner party!

 

Transitioning to Fall – Trends in Dècor

Fall is officially here! It’s time to trade those air conditioners and bright colours for jewel tones and blankets. This blog post will focus on this using this year’s decor trends to create the perfect fall space.

COLOUR

This year is all about creating a cozy space with layered rooms using bold patterns and colours throughout your dècor. Try using rich browns and grays, warm caramel, and deep greens. Pantone’s colour of the year Greenery is an excellent choice as it translates across seasons. Not interested in deep colours? This fall is going to see sophisticated pastels like blush pink and dusty blue, so don’t be afraid to experiment.

Finally, black is always a safe bet to creating a sophisticated space, and it will really help other colours pop. Try adding an accent wall, black furniture, or fixtures.

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TEXTURE, TEXTURE, TEXTURE.

Remember “layered rooms?”, by using a variety of fabrics and textures, you can create the ultimate cozy space – think cushions, blanket throws, table runners, curtains and more. These are often easy and inexpensive pieces to update a space for the season. Fabrics to look for this fall: velvet, fleece, flannel and cotton. Velvet is a very luxe fabric that can really elevate a room and add the perfect touch of glamour, while cotton is the perfect choice for transitioning between seasons and has a simplicity that can work with any space.

HYGGE – WHAT?

You’ve probably heard of Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) by now—the Danish term is used to describe the feeling of homeliness and coziness.

Hygge is a concept you can apply to both your décor and lifestyle just by making a few changes.  Try creating a light focal point, adding rustic elements or by incorporating an ultra chic fur piece to enhance any room. When welcoming Hygge into your home, woolen pieces are a must have –  these work as cozy sitting room pieces but can be easily incorporated into the bedroom as well.

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WARM METALLIC DÈCOR

Whether it be a light fixture, faucet or accessory – matte black and other dark bronze colours are making an appearance in décor this fall. While brushed metals aren’t going anywhere, they are taking a back seat for now.  Adding warm metallics like brass, copper or golden bronze will instantly add a bit of glam to a space, but give that warmth sought after in the cooler seasons. If going for a light fixture, pendant lighting is still in demand this season, or try a few table lamps in these finishes to really bring a space together.

 

This fall, go ahead and take some risks with your dècor and create the perfect space! Z-Lite will be there to help with fixtures to match any style. We can’t wait to see what you create.

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