Other measurements to take to the lighting showroom include measurements for fixtures that will hang over a dining room table or kitchen island. Measure the table length and width. The length of an appropriately sized fixture will be at least one foot shorter than the length of the table. Also bring basic information about the size and shape of the table. It is a good idea to bring a picture of the table in the space as a good reference for the showroom salesperson. Today’s larger kitchen islands can typically accommodate a series of small pendants or a grouping of large pendants. Start by measuring the length and width of the island and take note of the shape (square, rectangle, peninsula, etc.). Measurements are very important, because for smaller pendants equal space needs to be accounted for around each pendant. For larger pen- dants, hang even numbers (two
While many people like to have a ceiling fan above their bed, if this is not a requirement for you, a stunning chandelier can add style and serve as a decorative focal point in the room. Photo © Feiss.
While functionality is still key, stylish and unique bathroom lighting designs are becoming increasingly popular. To meld the two, ALA recommends utilizing creative ways of installing fixtures and layering light. The bathroom is used for various, task-oriented activities from applying makeup, to shaving, to getting dressed. Therefore, proper lighting is first and foremost when producing a bathroom lighting layout. To create an illuminated sink area, the days of just a simple bath bar above the mirror are in the past. Today, people are installing fixtures around the mirror in creative ways to add style and function. For example, try installing swing-arm sconces on either side of a bathroom mirror. These versatile fixtures come in a variety of styles and can be moved around according to your needs. Vertical lights on either side of a bathroom mirror provide the most even illumination, so utilizing wall-mounted sconces or bath bars on the sides of a mirror are also popular trends. Layers of light are important in every room in the house, and the bathroom is no exception. Recessed cans in the bathroom serve the important role of provid- ing overall illumination, especially in a large master bath. A stunning statement chandelier can also brighten up the space and add a personal touch to the overall bathroom design. Consider hanging a chandelier over the bathtub for a dramatic and elegant look. Pendants, a fixture often reserved for the kitchen, can also work in the bath- room. They can take the place of a single, larger chandelier over the bathtub, or can be hung on either side of a mirror, in place of the wall-mounted options mentioned above. To ensure ultimate functionality, all of your bathroom fixtures should be placed on dimmers. This allows you to easily adjust light levels based on your needs, whether taking a relaxing bath or applying makeup in the morning.
NEW WAYS TO LIGHT YOUR BATHROOM