How to use lighting for impact

I could not possibly count the number of times I’ve been asked where to spend money when renovating or building a new home.

No matter the budget, it's a really great question to ask because many of the areas you might consider will increase material and labor costs in more than one area.

So, where should you invest to make the most of your money?

Our easy answer is lighting, the simplest and most budget-friendly way to create a big impact in the look and feel of your home.

Here’re 3 recent ways we’ve used lighting to define a space, make a statement or reshape the style of a project.

  1. Define a space

The first night we entertained at #thecollectedcountryhouse it was to host our supper club. After finishing up in the dining room, we headed to the living room for dessert and games. These rooms connect via the kitchen to create an open concept floor plan. In order to define each space we added sconces above the fireplace, a pendant above dining table and oversized hanging shades over the kitchen island. Each room is able to stand on its own and hold company without feeling like a part of the larger space. As we transition from large dinner party to intimate gathering, we are able to define the mood through lighting.

disregard the tilted shade (not for atmosphere)

disregard the tilted shade (not for atmosphere)

2. Make a statement

Brett and I went back and forth on whether to add a light fixture to the front room at the #fairmountfoursquare, but decided we wanted to tell the story of the home's original characteristics instead: the colonnades, the floors and the windows.

Adding a chandelier would have been a distraction to the experience we wanted to create so, in this case, the absence of a light fixture kept the other design elements as the focal points.

original floors and windows at the #fairmountfoursquare

original floors and windows at the #fairmountfoursquare

original colonnades and uncovered windows at the #fairmountfoursquare

original colonnades and uncovered windows at the #fairmountfoursquare

3. Reshape a style

I'm in the midst finishing a light remodel that’s a perfect example how lighting can change the style of a home.

One of our goals for this project was to transform the contemporary look of the house to something more traditional. To reshape the style, I replaced  the mid-century inspired  light fixture with ones that have a more classic look.

Before: a modern chandelier

Before

Before

Mid-Progress: traditional light fixtures

Mid-Progress

Mid-Progress

We’re in the process of adding some great layers to this home, so watch this space for project updates!

Isn’t it amazing how intentional lighting choices can make such a big impact?

When it comes to lighting, remember it’s not about how expensive the fixtures are but rather how you use them (or not) to make a statement, define your space, create a mood and add to the overall style you’re trying to achieve.

Do you have any lighting tips or questions for us?

Comment below and let us know what you think!

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