Last week I did a Mini Makeover with a client who had lots of ceiling fixtures in her main open concept living space. One above her dining table, once about her couch, one in a nook and one in her formal living room!
It can be overwhelming to find multiple fixtures that work with together and don’t all try to steal the show from each other.
Here’s a few tips on how you can incorporate more than one light in a room.
1. Decide on a statement fixture.
Pick one fixture to be the star of the room. It’s likely the first one you see walking into the room, but whatever you decide be sure that it’s the one that is the focal point and your eye goes to this one first. Once you decide on which fixture is the star, start searching for the perfect light fixture.
Tip: If a fixture is hanging in an area where people will walk below it, ensure there is at least a 7′ clearance. If the fixture is above a dining table or coffee table, you can vary the height.
2. Find an element, shape or style for the additional fixtures that ties them all together.
Finding the statement fixture is easy part. But finding fixtures that will accompany this statement piece is where things get a bit dicey. You want them to feel cohesive, look great but also not steal the show.
Use can consider the elements of the fixtures to tie them together. So maybe they all have gold, maybe they all have wood which makes them feel cohesive, or they each have a similar colour.
You can also consider the shape as a way to tie them together. It doesn’t have to be in an obvious way, for example, one fixture might have multiple round bulbs, and the other two fixtures are globes. The fact that they all have the circular shape tying them together can work.
Another way to tie lights together is by style. For example, you might fixtures that tie in a beach feel or maybe all your fixtures are sophisticated or luxurious.
3. Consider contrasting shapes and/or elements.
Just when you started understanding how to find similar elements to tie the fixtures together, now I’m going to tell you to also ensure there are contrasting elements. Adding contrasting elements creates interest and helps make the statement fixture stand out as well. A simple way to make something a focal point is by having contrasting elements around it.
This is easily accomplished by contracting shapes, colours, and even size.
4. Create a Pinterest board or mood board to see how the fixtures look together.
If you have read previous blogs, or are in my Facebook group, than you know I’m all about planning. It’s key to creating a beautiful, functional space. With that in mind, I strongly suggest creating a Pinterest board or a mood board where you can see all the light fixtures you are considering together to ensure they all work together perfectly.
Once you do this ask yourself…
- Does the fixture you intended to be the statement stand out?
- Are there elements that tie the lights together?
- Are there contrasting elements?
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