Lightings: By Room-Foyers, Stairways & Hall Lighting
Use The Perfect Lighting Fixture to Transform Your Home Decor
Lighting is one of the key elements that helps make your house a home. The proper lighting enables you to perform tasks easily, makes you feel safer and more comfortable, and allows you to enjoy your home at its full potential. Each room, however, has specific and unique General and Accent lighting needs. We've laid out some tips and ideas to consider when planning your lighting needs for each room in your home. If you are uncertain about what type of lighting fixture you need, or you're just looking for inspiration, take a few minutes to browse through our guide!
Foyer, Stairways, and Halls
The foyer conveys the first impression of a home's interior. Center a traditional chandelier, contemporary pendant, or transitional close-to-ceiling fixture, in your hallway to provide basic illumination and create a welcoming atmosphere. When choosing lighting for your foyer, hall, or stairway, consider the following:
For General Lighting, make sure to size the decorative fixture to the space. Not all foyers can accommodate a large chandelier, so make sure the size proportions are correct. Likewise, if you have a larger space, you'll need a larger fixture. If you'll be able to view the fixture from above, make sure to select a foyer chandelier, or pendant that looks attractive from second story viewing.
Remember that stairways and halls must have good general lighting for safety. To prevent accidents, stairs should be lit from top to bottom with switches in both places. For safety in hallways, place lighting fixtures every 8 to 10 feet. Tie in the fixtures you choose by matching your foyer chandelier or pendant with semi flush ceiling lights for hallways and smaller chain hung lights for stairways.
For Accent Lighting needs, use matching wall sconces to complement the hanging foyer pendant or chandelier. Always mount a wall sconce above eye level (approximately 66" from the center of the fixture to the floor) so that the lamp source is not visible.
Make your artwork come to life and illuminate it with halogen light from track or adjustable recessed down-lighting
If you've flipped through a decorating magazine or watched a home decor show lately, you've noted that French Country is the latest decorating craze.
What is French Country Decor?
French Country emulates the style you might find in a cottage in rural France. Popular elements include rooster motifs, wrought iron furnishings sporting elegant, whimsical curves, and plastered-surface walls washed in butter-yellow paint. The sleekness of a primitive farm table, for instance, could be softened up with a curvy iron chandelier. Rough, exposed ceiling beams and aged terra cotta or brick tiles on the floor complete the look.
A home filled with genuine French furnishings and accessories would be beautiful, but incompatible with modest household budgets. Instead, here a few ways to bring a little more Provence into your home without spending a fortune.
Place an inexpensive, wrought iron bench in the foyer decorated with romantic throw pillows. (To age a new iron piece, you can purchase spray-on rust treatments at home improvement stores.)
Wallpaper a dining room (from the chair rail up) with a classic design, like black and white toile.
Add lace panel curtains on windows where absolute cover for privacy is not required.
Paint with French hues like mustard, celadon, salmon pink or cornflower blue.
Add inexpensive accessories, such as a black iron wall planter in the bathroom to hold hand towels.
Whitewash old ladderback chairs.
Paint cabinets and rag over them with a glaze. This works nicely with a base coat of cream paint, brushed over lightly with a mocha-brown glaze.
Suspend a pot rack from the kitchen ceiling to hang pots and pans, especially if they're copper.
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