I’ve been working on initial plans for light fixture and outlet locations at the new house. And by working on it, I mean that I’ve been spending a lot of time on Pinterest and Houzz.
Not really kidding, actually.
I’m trying not to get too obsessed with things that don’t matter. But then, what would I have to worry about? Things that matter? I mean, geez. Boring.
So, we decided it may be helpful to begin marking the blueprints with locations for lights and outlets. At least to get us (me) started thinking about it.
And the Nester recently wrote a great post about coming up with a lighting plan. Lighting is one of the last things to be installed (which will be a while for us). But even if I don’t know exactly which light will go in the spot, I need an idea of the type of lights I want installed (along with the outlets needed).
Sconces, ceiling fans, can lights, chandies …. so many decisions.
So, I’ve been spending lots of time thinking about lighting.
A few things I think I know:
I’d like lots of recessed lighting throughout the home – it’s something we have in the barn and love. It gives so much more light everywhere and also allows us to have more light throughout the room. It’s also quite simple – it doesn’t stand out or compete with other things in the room, which I actually like. And it’s pretty flexible – moving around furniture isn’t a problem because lighting is all over.
Our living room at the last house had ONE LIGHT. It was a 20×10 ft room and it had one stinkin’ ceiling fixture. and it was a FAN LIGHT. Seriously. The worst.
Which leads me to …
We will need fans. It gets hot and the movement of air is needed.
(via Home Depot)
But I’d prefer to have simple fans in the bedrooms and living room without lights and rely on the can lights for the bulk of the lighting. (Anyone have any fan recommendations that aren’t hideous and aren’t a million dollars? Please and thank you.)
Other than can lights, I’m planning to have:
- Two pendants above a kitchen island.
- One hanging fixture above the dining table.
- An entry fixture inside the front door.
- A hanging fixture in the stairwell (or should it be a sconce? Still undecided.)
- Two sconces in each bathroom.
- Two sconces next to our bed in the master bedroom.
I also want to make sure several of the lights are on dimmers. We’ve never done this in the past and I think I’d like this option in the dining room, kitchen and living room. (Is there anywhere else I’m missing?)
This all seems doable, right? Actually, it does seem doable now that I’m writing it out.
The actual CHOOSING of the lights will be another story. Because I have a very hard time committing and don’t really want to spend very much dinero.
I love so many different types of light fixtures – industrial, barn-style, schoolhouse, even contemporary. How will I ever choose?
(I am also sharing some lights I love on my most recent Houzz Guest Picks.)
Anything I’m missing? I’d love your thoughts about lighting.
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