Monday, December 2nd, 2013
by Littman Bros Lighting
Lighting is an integral part of your home’s overall environment and that is why is very important that you have your interior home lighting scheme properly set up in order to achieve the perfect ambiance every home needs. Lighting your home and lighting in itself is the most commanding component if interior design; without ample lighting in your home, there can be a muted and often gloomy vibe and that can simply mean that there are not enough fixtures for the size of the space.
Whether you’re building a brand new or home just need an update, it is definitely important to consider a fresh approach to your lighting plan. Lighting fixtures are a wonderful enhancement to the interior design of your home as well – there is an unlimited amount of styles, colors, shapes and types of lighting out there for you to choose from and find that perfect style to add to your space.
Style – Think about what your taste is. Whether you’re starting from scratch or trying to renovate your home’s current décor, style is definitely an important factor to reflect on as it can often make or break the end result of the design process. If you have an already busy interior design, like ornate, showy or patterned furniture, wall art, drapery or wallpaper, consider going for simplicity with your lighting. More transitional pieces will balance and harmonize with what you’ve currently got going on.
Finish – The finish of your fixtures can become a daunting decision as there are plenty of choices out there to sometimes confuse you, when all you really wanted was a simple nickel finish. Finish choice can often become the most fundamental yet essential decisions to make when choosing your light fixtures. It is the key component of the design and can either enhance or minimize the design scheme of your home. There are, of course some finishes that archaic and some that remain a well-liked choice in light fixtures for decades – try a polished nickel, chrome or darker bronze if you don’t want to take a fancy route with your finish.
Identify the activities that occur within each room of your home as well as what mood or ambiance you want to achieve and from there you can figure out exactly what kind of light it may need and from there you can pick the perfect style and finish to coincide. Don’t forget the basic lighting types – ambient, task, accent and decorative lighting.
The lighting design within your home is what you make it so make sure you have fun while picking out the fixtures that reflect you and your style most.
Friday, November 22nd, 2013
by Littman Bros Lighting
In a recent American Lighting Association (ALA) webinar, the question of design and style was discussed and it was clear that lighting styles and design components with lighting is more than often a subjective issue.
Joe Rey-Barreau, architect, lighting designer and associate professor at the University of Kentucky’s College of Design, hosted the webinar and talked about the impending confusion that often takes place between a lighting specialist and the customer.
Rey-Barreau said discussing styles with customers is sometimes not the best starting off point as people understandably have a different idea of what each style profile looks like to them.
“I will always try to steer the conversation away from styles and toward the elements and principles of design,” Rey-Barreau said. “I say this with all honesty because I find the discussion of styles with customers becomes very, very confusing.”
It is more imperative to get the customers opinion and assessment of what a specific style is, he said.
Here are the primary factors Rey-Barraeu said affect the selection of lighting fixtures:
Style = Aesthetics, how does it look?
Function = Purpose, does it work?
Mood/Behavior = How does it make us feel?
Symbol = What does it mean?
Preferential = The unknown, the decision that someone makes that may make no sense whatsoever.
Instead of focusing on specific styles, retailers should bring up the idea of simple vs. complex and the core principles and elements of design.
Rey-Barreau said the elements of design are: line, shape form, space, direction, size, texture, color, value and contrast. While the principles of design include balance, harmony, unity, contrast, dominance, repetition and emphasis.
“Design and styles can be very, very useful, and very fun,” Rey-Barreau said. “But, again, think more about the simplicity of what defines an object rather than what we call the object.”
Tuesday, January 10th, 2012
by Littman Bros Lighting
Tiffany Style Lighting is a wonderful way to add unique lighting to your space:
Most Tiffany Lighting is classified by its bright and colorful glass in the form of a mosaic with complex patterns and a beautiful, luminous and very vibrant glow. The design of each Tiffany Style fixture is distinctive and seemingly very time consuming; each portion of glass is wrapped in copper (repeated for every piece of glass), placed inside a dome-shaped mold and then bonded together.
Today, Tiffany Lighting has expanded its color and textile palette, creating a much more modern and contemporary feel. Look for very colorful portions of glass in a geometric or natural pattern with dark bronze finishes like this Kichler Lighting Elegant’e Bronze Pendant. Although, the modern Tiffany Style fixtures tend to have a polished nickel or satin nickel finish.
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