Your Guide to Everything Bright

Light plays a huge factor in a room’s overall feel and energy.  Different lighting can change the entire atmosphere.  It is essential to tailor your light fixtures to enhance your space rather than diminish your room’s worth.  There are three primary purposes for lighting in a room: general, ambient, and task.  Balancing all three in a room can be challenging, but it can tremendously improve your design.

General Lighting

First, you will want to decide what your room’s general lighting option will be.  This is your deliberate attempt to illuminate your space. Overhead lighting is, generally, a great place to start.  This lighting option should be the room’s focal point of illumination and should fill the whole room.  You can go with different overhead lighting options or incorporate something elegant like a chandelier.  A chandelier will be a bold, statement lighting option that gives the room most of the energy.

Ambient Lighting

Next, you will want to incorporate ambient lighting.  This can be spotlights projected on to pictures and dimming spotlights along a rail. They will help set the room’s feel and help drive the eye towards the focal point in the room.  Ambient lighting is essential to help amplify the room’s aesthetic and design style.

Task Lighting

Lastly, make sure to include the use of task lighting.  This is lighting you may have above a workstation or a desk.  You may also want to have light beside your bed as night lights or even a lamp on the side table of your couch.  Task lighting is vital to help amplify the room’s light in particular areas.
Understanding different illuminating options is pivotal to picking the right lights.  Too little of lighting can make a room feel dark and small. Windows and natural lighting are great at opening up a space, but sometimes your room does not give you those amenities. Adding the right lights to your home is essential to creating a lively, energetic atmosphere.  Your lighting options should complement your design style of the room and accentuate the room’s ambiance.  Picking the right light choices can be challenging, but with a better understanding of options and styles, you should be well equipped for the task ahead of you.

How Light Affects Paint Color

If you are painting your home, lighting is crucial when you are choosing the colors. You will need actually to consider the direction the room faces and if it has a lot of natural light that floods the room. Paint colors will vary according to the quality and type of natural light, and the color can appear very different from room to room. Also, at different times of day, and the time of year will also impact the color of a room. We understand that these factors can make choosing colors more difficult and confusing, so we have listed some useful tips for you. Let’s take a look! 
  • Rooms That Face North: 

North-facing rooms can be challenging to try and decorate because the light from the north is considered “cooler” and more intense. This can make it difficult to create the look and feel of an airy, light space that we love. If you have a small area with very little natural light, our advice is not to fight it, instead embrace the darkness of the room with a cozy and dramatic interior. Please note that light from the north will bring out cooler tones of a color. If you are using a lighter toned paint color, we recommend staying away from greens and grays. If you use butter tones or whites hues as a paint color, it will bring out cooler tones of a color and will make the light bounce around the room making the room appear brighter. Also, we recommend decorating with mirrors to reflect the light in the room and create a more open space. 

  • Rooms That Face South:

Decorating and painting south-facing rooms is a pure delight! These rooms are full of warm light all day, and all colors look fabulous in south-facing rooms. By choosing pale tones, you can maximize the feeling of light and space in a room. You can use blues and pale tones to have that coastal feel or neutrals that are red-based to create a warmer look and feel. To make your south-facing rooms pop, finish the trim off in a bright white color. 

  • Rooms That Face West:

Choose a beautiful white for a west-facing room. Whites are natural reflectors of light and compliment any color of furnishings you may have. Also, white will enhance both natural and artificial light in a west facing room. Try a grey neutral for a feeling of openness, but understand that the color will be cooler in the mornings and warmer in the evenings.

  • Rooms That Face East:

You must be careful when working with east-facing rooms. The light can look like it is a little blue, so work with this theory and choose blue and green paint colors. Because the sun’s direction during the day will change, it is best to paint the woodwork a darker tone of blue or green. This works because the lighter colored walls will make for an excellent contrast color. 

We hope that you found this article helpful. Be sure to check back weekly for more tips and tricks for homeowners. 

Four Reasons Why You Should Consider Recessed Lighting

Whether you are making small updates in your living space or you are launching a full out remodel project, you cannot forget about your home’s lighting. A major lighting upgrade that you will want to make is to install recessed lights. They are used in the most well-lit homes across the country. Recessed lights, commonly referred to as downlights, are lighting fixtures that are installed into a hollow open in the ceiling. Here are some reasons why you should consider installing recessed lighting in your home. Let’s take a look!
Four Reasons Why You Should Consider Recessed Lighting:  
1. Adds a Dramatic Flair.
Many design professionals gravitate towards downlights because they instantly add drama to any space. By pushing the stream of light downward, it creates a spotlight effect that draws attention to a specific area. You can even use recessed lighting to highlight an architectural feature such as a fireplace or even a piece of artwork.
2. Makes a Space Seem Bigger.
You can use recessed lighting to make a room feel and look much more spacious. Since the downlights sit in a can concealed by the structure of the ceiling, there is nothing that is hanging downward to interrupt the visual space in the ceiling. Recessed lighting also creates an effect known as “wall washing”. Wall washing provides an even distribution of light from the floor to the ceiling. To create this effect, the downlight will need to have the right kind of trim installed on it. Also, the recessed lights will need to be correctly spaced apart. As a general rule of thumb, the higher the ceiling the further apart the lights need to be.
3. Creates Focused Lighting.
Pendant lighting and traditional lamps do not necessarily provide usable lights that reach the countertops and tables because the light stream tends to break up before it reaches its destination. Unlike ambient lighting sources, recessed lights excel greatly at illuminating specific areas and double height spaces.
4. Establishes Discreet Lighting.
Recessed lights are the most discreet lighting option. The size of downlights is becoming smaller and smaller due to modern technology. In fact, the standard recessed cans are about six inches and they are giving way to two/ three-inch cans. Such discreet lighting solutions create clean lines and streamlined look.
Where would you add recessed lighting in your home? We would love to hear in the comment section. 

How to Make Your Home More Luxurious

Imagine the most luxurious house that you have ever been in or seen on television. Have you ever wondered what exactly makes it so luxurious? The key to making a luxurious space is actually to envision a luxury hotel. Luxurious hotels know exactly how to make guests feel relaxed and valued. You can bring these same principles home with our five tips on how to make your home more luxurious. 


How to Make Your Home More Luxurious

  1. One Color Scheme. To create a classy, luxurious bedroom, professional designers recommend sticking to one color in your design scheme. A great color option that is timeless and clean is white. From your curtains to your bedspread, white can instantly transform your space into a luxurious escape. 
  2. Embrace A Spa-Like Atmosphere. Master bathrooms can be the most luxurious room in your household if done right. If you are on a budget, there are several ways to create a spa-like atmosphere for a reasonable price. Some creative ways to make your master bathroom more elegant is by:
  1. Using dim lighting and lighting candles. 
  2. Incorporating spa-like artwork and paintings on the walls. 
  3. Placing rocks inside of your sink. 
  4. Adding rejuvenation candles or diffusing mood-boosting essential oils in the air.
  5. Having peppermint-scented soaps and bath products. 
  6. Playing relaxing music throughout the daytime and evening hours. 
  1. Elegant Drapery. Believe it or not, curtains can make a home more elegant. The drapery you choose for your home can instantly transform it into an oasis. All you need to do is follow a few guidelines: 
    1. Place the curtain rod a few inches above the top of the window. This will help create the illusion that the window is larger than it actually is. 
    2. Have your curtains touch the floor. This is the crucial part of making your room look more luxurious because it adds length. 
    3. Demand attention by purchasing heavy and thick curtains. 
    4. Incorporate black-out curtains in your master bedroom for the perfect finishing touch. 
  1. Sensational Lighting. Lighting is a key part of luxury. If you walk into a luxurious hotel, you will notice that it is well-lit. Your home should replicate this idea. Choose light fixtures that provide excellent lighting while providing style. Chandeliers are a great option for entry-ways and foyers. 
  2. Glamorous Florals. Nothing says luxurious and beautiful like fresh flowers. Finish your home off with some locally-grown, fresh-cut flowers. 


Another way to make your home a luxurious oasis is with brand new flooring! With flooring options that meet any style preference, we can help make your home the luxury masterpiece that you have always imagined. Stop in today for more information and pricing. We look forward to serving you! 

Decorating with Comfortable Farmhouse Style

Even if you don’t have a farmhouse style home, the style can work for you. Farmhouse is all about comfort with a nostalgic, vintage flair.  Found pieces from flea markets, estate sales and antique shows mix with comfortable upholstered pieces in either traditional or shabby chic styles.  It’s an easy style to live with and great for all rooms in the home.

This living room is full of charming farmhouse furniture and accessories.  The room itself is a standard design with wood floors, recessed lighting and crown molding.  It could be a renovation or new construction, and demonstrates how well farmhouse style can fit into a home. Neutral wall color lets the colors of the curtains, furniture and accessories stand out.

Vintage finds add character to the room. An old painted trunk makes for a charming coffee table with storage in the seating area.  Vintage inspired lamps throughout the room create lighting zones and accent lights for reading.  Comfortable seating in pretty slipcovers in natural linens and cotton make for easy cleaning.  This is definitely not a living room where you’d be afraid to put up your feet.

The wide plank wood floors offer a rustic charm.  A jute rug with a colorful border that coordinates with the colors of the room centers the seating area.

This living room shows how charming farmhouse style can be. Mixing in vintage and antique pieces let the homeowner’s personality shine through to make the room feel comfortable and personal. Fabrics and furniture further the feeling of comfortable farmhouse charm.

Three Must Haves for the Dining Room

There are three design elements that no dining room can be without: seating, a table, and good lighting. Beyond these three elements are all the extras that add more function and make a dining room feel more personal, but you don’t need them to have a chic and stylish dining room.


Start with the dining table. Choose the shape that best works for your lifestyle and room.  Some people like a round table, which is better for conversation. Square tables that expand into larger rectangular tables offer both options for small and large gatherings.  Next choice is material.  Wood is king but glass top tables are also lovely in the dining room.


Next are the dining chairs.  Dining sets can easily solve what chair to pair with the table, but that takes some of the fun out of decorating. Mixing up chairs and the table makes the dining room feel more personal.  Stay within the same style or mix up styles for a more eclectic look.


Last must have is great lighting. There are so many stylish options for dining room lighting that there is no reason not to have a light above the table.  From antique crystal chandeliers to DIY pendants, the light will become a focal point of the room.


Where to go from here is up to you.  You might want to add an area rug under the table or keep the wood floors bare.  Bringing in a buffet or sideboard provides storage and a place for a bar. It’s up to you to personalize your dining room, so have fun with it!

Lighting Tips for an Open Floor Plan

This open floor plan living, dining and kitchen space is a beautiful room that is nicely laid out into the different activity zones. There is a nice flow between the different areas created by the color palette and furniture arrangements.  The flooring is the same throughout the space, a must for flow in open floor plans.  It doesn’t matter if the flooring is wood or cement, use the same type throughout an open concept home.


There is one concern we have about this space and that is the lighting.  There appears to be only one source of light from the central ceiling fixture.  While the fixture is a cool design, a single overhead lighting source does not make for the best lighting for any room.  We’d love to see some recessed lighting as well as pendant lights over the island in the kitchen area and another chandelier or pendant light over the dining room table.  Creating lighting zones is just as important as activity zones in an open floor plan.


A floor lamp next to the sofa would also create another layer of light in the room. Having lighting sources that are overhead and closer to the seating level create a nice ambiance of lighting. A small table with a table lamp could also work in the living area.  For floating furniture arrangements away from the wall, install in floor outlets to avoid running cords where you walk.


In addition to different types of lighting, put your overhead lighting on dimmers to create even more lighting options for the space.

Dream Kitchen for the Serious Cook

If you love to cook, you’re probably longing to get into this kitchen, for it was designed with a cook in mind.

Let’s take a look at the elements that make this space ideal for the serious home cook.

If we look at the lighting, there are a generous number of ceiling lights to even out the overall light spread and reduce the chance of inconvenient shadows. Additional task lighting under the upper cabinets gives cooks the opportunity for the fine detail work that requires more illumination.

The range has a built-in high-speed fan, and the stainless steel covers the stove’s backsplash. In addition to that oven, a double oven to the right provides three baking spaces plus a warming drawer. Life is good for the cook who is also a home baker. The dishwasher is a two-drawer model, which allows for smaller loads so you can clean as you go.

Glass-fronted upper cabinets leave all critical serving pieces in plain sight to grab when plating the meal or setting the table. Even the faucet at the kitchen sink has an extra-high profile to provide enough space for large pots and pitchers.

The functionality is clear, but it’s also a beautiful, light and inviting space to work. The wood floors – not visible in this photo – add warmth to the space. Three coats of polyurethane keep the floor protected from spills and crumbs while still allowing it to have that rich farmhouse look. Altogether, this is a kitchen that would make almost any cook happy.

Crystals are a Good Look for Today

Many years ago, a home with any pretense to style had a crystal chandelier in the dining room. The look went well with the good china, sterling silver and lead crystal glassware.

As the world changed and entertaining became more casual, crystal chandeliers went the way of good china and sterling. For a long time it was hard to even find a crystal chandelier outside of antique shops and retro catalogues.

However, crystal is back and bigger than ever. From the traditional look like the photo above to a more contemporary sculptural style such as the light fixture in the photo below, today’s crystal fixtures have a strong impact in a home.

Crystal chandeliers have also migrated from the dining room. You may find one in a master bedroom or as the centerpiece of a beautiful spa bath. Almost any home can find room for crystal lighting.

If you want to add a crystal light fixture to your home, first determine the right size for the room. Proportion is just as important for crystal light fixtures as any other type. However you can go a bit bigger if you choose a light with an airy look.

Next consider style. Do you prefer contemporary or traditional? Both can work as long as they suit your home’s look. Shop around to see what’s available.

Finally, buy what you love. For most homes, one crystal piece is enough. Be sure to choose something that makes you happy. After all, the right kind of sparkle in your home can lead to a special sparkle in you too!

2011 Design Trend: Daylighting

Of the top ten interior design trends Hunter Douglas named for 2011, “daylighting” is perhaps the most intriguing and purposeful. The term refers to the control an individual has over natural light coming into the home and how much and where that light is distributed. With mechanisms such as louvers, slats, vanes and panels, all Hunter Douglas products enable this kind of control of a very powerful element allowing us to create the mood or outcome we like for any room of the home.

Living Room
The light you want in this room will depend upon your activities. For instance, if you are watching television, you won’t want the glare produced by full-on sunlight. Being able to fully close your window coverings or at the very least redirect it is highly important. Look to a Hunter Douglas product like Silhouette window shadings for this purpose. They allow you full control over the light, but also allow a view of the outside when desired.

If you spend a lot of time in the kitchen, then like many of us, you might prefer to have it as light and cheery as possible with a full view to the outdoors during the day and full privacy at night. To achieve this, a product like the Vignette Modern Roman Shades, allows you to completely raise and close them at will. This gives the perfect light control for an active kitchen.

For many of us, the bedroom is the room where light control is the most important. Being able to shut out the elements completely can make for a good sound sleep which is a requirement for all of us. Whether you work nights and sleep days or just need to block out your neighbors glaring safety lights, Luminette Modern Draperies work perfectly.