Lighting Styles

Is your home in desperate need of something unique? It’s hard to keep up to date with the modern trends of lighting in today’s society, but thinking “outside-the-box” can definitely give you an edge with style. Hanging just one fixture in a room is no longer the most popular style. Nancy McCoy (a lighting designer from San Francisco, USA) has shown a couple ways to make your home “pop” by using two different techniques of lighting.

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By having a cluster of lighting fixtures, it provides freedom to move furniture around in many areas of the room, but also adds a bold sophistication.

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Rail lighting is another designer trend. It is a unique way to pull electricity around the room, but it also stands out as a sculptural design.

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Goode Fun

Creating a lighting plan and helping select lighting for Kerri and Jeff Goode was a blast! They walked into the showroom with open minds and good humour and it wasn’t long before I discovered their new home would be touched here and there with whimsy and imagination.  The lighting programme for their new ultra energy efficient home called for energy efficiency, uniqueness that reflected their taste and sense of fun, and as low budget as we could manage.

To meet the objectives of their programme, I focused on selecting fixtures and locations that would provide the maximum amount of light in the best possible locations.  I specified omnidirectional fixtures that would reflect additional light off the ceilings and used energy efficient LED and CFL bulbs throughout.   I made certain not to over light, but did ensure that the lighting plan provided a generous amount of light for tasks, accent and ambiance.

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Once we were all clear on the plan and the types of fixtures required at each location, we were free to have some fun, selecting from a mad array of lighting options.  We met in person, emailed and made full use of Pinterest to assemble all ideas.

Here’s a photo the Goodes presented early on which speaks volumes on how they envisioned the lighting for their new home.  It wasn’t necessarily to be taken literally, but it told me a great deal about the look and feel they were seeking.

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These curvy pendants were the catalyst that led the way to the choices of dining room chandelier, living room pendant, hall, bedroom and bathroom vanity lights.

LivingRoomThis gorgeous green pendant, nicknamed “Race Day Hat” by Kerri and Jeff, graces the coffered ceiling of their living room in the open plan.  The curved form works splendidly with the kitchen island that’s in full view and a few feet away.

The dining room, also in full view of the kitchen, livingroom and front entry, has windows on the south and east and Jeff really wanted the sunlight, streaming in, to dazzle and play off surfaces.  What better way to create movement and colour and sparkle than to add some crystal bling!

Dining RoomWe all agreed that this combination of chrome, rows of circles and the decidely modern form would present chandelier sparkle without looking too grown up.

This puffy, donutty shape was little pricy for the budget, but it did inspire the hall and bedroom lights.

inspiation3Inexpensive plug-in rope light went into the coffered ceilings in the livingroom, dining room and master bedroom, with the plan to switch it out for LED in a couple of years when budget allows.
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A row of these fun little ceiling lights, at $53 and only 5.75″ diameter, light up the galley kitchen as well as halls and doorways.

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MasterBathThis bathroom vanity light (one for either side of the mirror) picks up on the shapes of the lighting throughtout the home and provides just the right amount of sparkle to compliment the mini crystal chandelier over the tub.  Best of all, the frosted inside of the glass diffuses the light for good grooming.

Here are a few photos of the finshed results.

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Two small and one larger pendant provide ample task light over the island, while ceiling-mounted lights illuminate the cabinet faces and ceiling.  These were a more budget-conscious option compared to recessed lighting in this insulated ceiling.  There is undercabinet task lighting and a receptacle in place so Kerri and Jeff can add over-cabinet lighting when the budget allows.

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Notice how the curves in the chandelier over the bathtub mirror the curves of the faucet and even the tub!  Oh my! and the bathroom scales, as well!P1013466P1013469P1013472
Wall-mounted, puffy, cloud-like fixtures light the way in the short bedroom hall, rather than the usual ceiling lights.P1013478P1013473I feel a deep gratitude toward Kerri and Jeff who were delightfully fun to work with, but more importantly, invited me to share my lighting knowledge and considered all ideas.  I’m honoured to have had the privilege of getting to know them and seeing their dream home come to life.  Here are Jeff and Kerri’s thoughts on their experience which they so generously and thoughtfully recorded for me:

“The lighting in our home is a source of pleasure for us each and every day and we cannot begin to express our gratitude to all the staff at Atlantic Lighting Studio. We are now your biggest fans and cannot recommend or speak highly enough of you!  Thank you so much for all your help!”

Kerri and Jeff Goode

Rooftight Design Centre Shines

We customize our relationships with builders, designers and architects to give them just what they need to meet their lighting goals. Some have resources to attend to all aspects of designing, specifying and sourcing lighting and simply ask us to fill their orders.  Others call on Atlantic Lighting Studio to handle the whole process – design lighting plans, determine the ideal fixtures and pull together cohesive, creative lighting that showcases their designs while keeping them on budget.

Between those two extremes, are clients like Rooftight Construction who rely on our expertise for parts of their process and have their own expertise to handle the rest. With this type of client, we mold ourselves to be what they need – sourcing when called upon, advising when asked and being a sounding board for new ideas.

Rooftight’s Michelle Reid is Director of Marketing and Design and columnist for the Homes Section of the Chronicle-Herald newspaper.  I recently visited Michelle and Director of Sales, Angie Garnier at Rooftight’s beautifully crafted Design Centre in Fall River.

It was so exciting to see their model home outfitted with well-chosen lighting that compliments the design and provides the right light for the family who will one day live in this stunning home.  Michelle, with her home-style-smarts and decerning eye for good, livable design, pulled together a well thought-out lighting plan, incorporating beautiful light fixtures.  Atlantic Lighting Studio supported her with exactly what she needed.  After all, Michelle’s goal and our’s is the same – to ensure that Rooftight homes shine!

Check out the lighting in the Rooftight Design Centre. Click on any image to start a full sized slideshow and see lighting design tips.

Photography by yours truly.

Until next time,
Deborah

Deborah Nicholson, LS

Chris’ Highlight of the Week!

Each Saturday at 9am, one of our delightful team members will feature their favourite showroom piece.  This highlight will be 20% off, until Friday at 5pm!  Subscribe to our blog, so that you don’t miss the action.  Who knows, you may find that absolutely perfect light fixture!

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O Ranch from Transglobe 7009

Dimensions: Width 27″ – Height 20.5″ to 48″ – Depth 0″
Bulb Type: 6 x 60 Watt Medium Base
Finish: ANTIQUE BRONZE
Glass: CHAMPAGNE FROST

This unique chandelier has upcountry written all over it!  It’s big, bold and beautiful.  If you’re looking for circles in a deep reddish bronze finish, this is it.  At 20% off, the price is $644 until Friday at 5pm.

Until next time,
Chris

Deborah’s Highlight of the Week

Each Saturday at 9am, one of our delightful team members will feature their favourite showroom piece.  You will be able to purchase it for 20% off, until the following Friday at 5pm!  Subscribe to our blog, so that you don’t miss the action.  Who knows, you may find that absolutely perfect light fixture or accessory!

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This stunning three-light chandelier from Jeremiah is my highlight of the week. The hammered effect antique nickel finish sets this light apart and makes it a wonderful focal point.  $334.00 for one week only (original price $417.50).

Cheers!

Deborah