Choosing light fixtures for a house can be overwhelming – it can be difficult to envision them in a space and it’s not always easy to find photos of the exact fixtures in a real home. (Apparently, there are fancy professional stylists and photographers who always make catalog photos look good. Who knew?)
Plus, if you are anything like me, you want to make sure that the fixtures are the best scale for your space and also coordinate to each other.
So, I thought I’d share the fixtures we chose for our home, along with links to the exact products.
So far, I’m really happy with everything we’ve gone with. While light fixtures are pretty simple to change, I’d prefer not to have to do it anytime soon.
Today, I’m sharing the downstairs fixtures. If you remember, Ryan and crew installed a LOT of recessed lighting in the home. (I’ve been told you can see us from outer space.) I feel like it gets a bad rep, but recessed lighting is such a great way to get even light throughout a home – to avoid shadows in corners and nooks. I think that the more the merrier when it comes to recessed lighting. Plus – you can even put it on a dimmer.
But I also think that you need a little extra variety in light fixtures to keep it from being too stark and boring. On our first floor, we have a few other statement and task lighting to finish off the spaces.
First up – the island lighting in the kitchen. I chose two pendant fixtures in oil rubbed bronze – Portfolio 13-inch width pendants. These were around $90 at Lowe’s and I had a coupon from the spring insert. They are no longer available online, but they are still in some stores at the time I’m writing.
I really like the shape and nautical details at the top of the shade – and I especially like that there is a glass on the bottom (instead of staying open). I prefer this look and it keeps me from having to clean junk that splashes up inside. (It is a kitchen.) They are also a great scale for the space and provide some nice task lighting on the island.
Now, onto the dining room – this was the first fixture I purchased for the house. I just love the Arturo 8-Light Rectangular Chandelier from Ballard Designs and bought it almost a year ago when it was on sale and I had an additional online coupon. I paid $254 for a $449 light. Which I think was a killer deal.
This fixture really is gorgeous in person – the wood tones are lovely, the hanging mechanism looks really modern and unique, and I love that it looks like 8 pillar candles. (And that the fixture takes normal light bulbs instead of candelabra bulbs. And I don’t SEE the bulbs. Which was a pet peeve of mine in past light fixtures.)
But know this – the light is GIANT. I stored this honkin’ fixture in our garage for almost a year (in a honkin’ box). And I began to wonder if it was too big for the space. Because the dining space is really a bump out nook. I was afraid the light would be overpowering and Ryan seemed a bit concerned that it would block our beautiful view.
But I think our fears were unfounded. And I love the fixture so much that I am glad I broke all the “rules” I read online about size of fixtures. It’s really a statement light – and it seems very solid and well made. We did hang it a hair higher than the “experts” recommend (it’s hung about 69 inches above the floor). We could lower it if we need to, but I think it works well and is almost the same drop as the island fixtures.
Next up is the ceiling fan in our living space. For this space, we wanted a large, understated fan. We didn’t plan on installing one with a light, but my in-laws took this one down and offered it to us. It’s really a nice fan for the space. And at 60 inches wide (larger than the standard), it fills the large room nicely. It is the Harbor Breeze Saratoga fan – it’s also available in stainless.
The only downfall (in my view) is that it has a remote. I seem to be in the minority with this, but I’m worried about that silly remote getting lost. Because everything gets lost in our house. But, it works well and it looks great. And I like the curve of the fan blades a lot.
Finally, our hallway fixture – I wanted something to light up the hallway going up our stairs and the Hadley (Small) 4-Light Pendant from Ballard Designs fit the bill. I also waited to get this on sale, and it was $159 when I bought it. (So, my moral is to find some coupons at Ballard and wait for sales.)
I had a smaller, slightly different version of this lantern in the entry of our last house and loved it. It is open (no glass to clean), and it’s classic and pretty. This one is even better, in my opinion. It’s larger than I expected, but I think it works for the space and puts off plenty of light. My photos don’ do it justice – but you’ll take my word for it.
So, that’s a little lighting tour of our first floor. I’ll be back at some point to share the sconces and fixtures in our bathrooms and bedrooms, if you’d like.
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