Farmhouse Light Fixtures
Sometimes lighting can make all the difference.
When we moved into our new home, all of our hallways and bedrooms consisted of your basic flush mount dome lights (aka the boob light). This is a common builder staple in new construction, and can be upgraded with most builders prior to closing. I personally decided to go with the basic light package in most of our rooms. Why?
1) To save money on the front end while building
2) To avoid a rushed decision, prior to determining each spaces design direction.
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Since the entire building process can be very overwhelming, with lots of permanent decisions made in a short period of time. I felt that focusing on decision that would not be easily altered in post-construction was the way to go.Things like basic floorplan layout, electrical plans, trim and final finishes such as tile and flooring were more important to me in the grand scheme. I also knew at the time, we would be replacing these fixtures upon getting settled in our new home, but it was not an up front priority.
I chose to go with these beautiful Brickyard 3 light Foyer Pendents that were purchased at Wayfair. I really love the way this fixture looks like a outdoor lantern. Minus the pesky glass you have to keep clean, which is a total pain. They are available in 3 colors, I purchased the Burnished Bronze to match the iron balusters on our staircase bannister and upper balcony rails. We took out all of our lower level hallway dome lights and added these pendants to created a semi formal feel. We needed 4 total to complete the look, in all hallways. This is why I recommend purchasing now, while they are on sale, regular price gets expensive when you need larger quanities. Since we are lucky enough to have 9ft ceilings, the pendents can hang 2 ft. from the ceiling and do not interfere in the walk space. This is what creates that very high end, expensive look you might see in a hotel or restaurant space.
DESIGNER TIP: Finally, we added a dimmers to all the switches, so we could control the light level. Many people over look this step, which is a shame, because it ‘s so easy. You can change the entire look of a room just by adjusting the light level. You create very low ambient lighting to for a most cozy setting, or turn the dimmer all the way up for more functional task lighting. This step is one of things, that will separate the “designer show homes” from just another pretty house.
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WALL PAINT- Agreeable Gray Sherwin Williams TRIM PAINT- Pure White Sherwin Williams FLOORS- Mohawk 3″Forrest Lake Oak Color: Oxford LANTERN LIGHTS- Brickyard 3 light Foyer Pendents Wayfair LAMP- Pier 1 METAL WALL ART-“GROW OLD WITH ME”JDH Iron Designs CONSOLE TABLE- Black with storage baskets Kirklands PLANT STAND- Pier 1 BENCH-Pottery Barn Benchwright Alfesco Brown Medium COAT RACK- Pottery Barn Cast Iron Row of Hooks