Monday, August 24, 2015

Which Lighting Fixture Should I Choose?


With a brand new home you will be getting builder grade lighting. In some cases it can work for the homeowner, however in this homeowners plans it does not quite work.
We won’t be adding, or changing lighting anytime soon since window treatments and backyard landscaping is first on the agenda, but since I am a planner I have been looking already.


The first fixtures that will be on my agenda will be in the main living area, and entry hall.

What I like to do first is just starting saving images of lighting that I like.  I already know that I want oil rubbed bronze/blackish and/or antique brass. I like a mix of both metals.

Traditional Urban Hanging Pendant
I like the simplicity and the finish of this fixture.


Since black and white are staples in my home I loved the sophisticated look of this fixture. My reluctance is that it will be surrounded by white and I am wondering if it will show as well without some color around it.
Hudson Valley Dresden 12 Inch Mini Pendant |

This has the combination of the brass and oil rubbed bronze/blackish metals that I love. It is unusual and eye catching. I see this as a transitional piece that can cross over to contemporary or traditional.
Three Light Pendant

I like the shape of this fixture and the metal cage that looks as if is holding the globe. I think I would like it even more if the globe was smooth glass instead of indentations, looking somewhat like a pumpkin in my minds eye.

Savoy House Lighting 7-3300-1-28 Casual Lifestyles 1 Light Foyer Pendant and Clear Glass Shade, Oiled Burnished Bronze Finish

I like the simplicity of this one and the smooth glass. It is 22 in. in length so I am a bit concerned that might be too long even though I do have 10ft ceilings.

Charleston 13 1/2" Wide Clear Glass Pendant

I like everything about this fixture, simple, yet interesting. I think if the ball at the top were brass this just might be a slam dunk for me. I could use antique brass cream to change it out. I am always afraid I will mess it up.

Industrial Classic Rivet Pendant- Large

Black, white and antique brass!! It is not a Hicks pendant by Thomas O’brien, but it does have a similar look and the price is a lot less and more doable.

large hicks pendant
item # TOB5063 
Designer Thomas O'Brien

Height: 17 1/2" *
Width: 12 1/2"

I think this is just about perfect, but it is also almost twice the price of the other pendant. I like the globe and the color of the antique brass on this light better.

I have found I like several of the fixtures designed by Thomas O’Brien.

This last image is a picture of a fixture I have talked myself in and out of several times so I thought I would show you.......

Superior Moravian Star Light

This fixture has been around for quite awhile now and is somewhat trendy, but to be honest it is a trend I have always loved. I am not sure I can tie it in with the overall look of the rest of my lighting.

There are a few things to consider before making a final selection for my entry fixture.

1. How will it relate to the lantern I want to hang on my front porch.

2. Since you walk into the kitchen/greatroom from the entry it needs to have some style reference to the fixtures in that part of the house.

3. The wall and ceiling treatment in the entry will determine what will work best.You can read about some of my plans HERE!!


We will be taking a look at the kitchen fixtures!

Stay tuned for my next post!