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.”
Thursday, August 9th, 2012
by Benson Littman
You will need to first develop a lighting plan for you and your home; it is the best way to stay organized throughout this process.
First, you’ll want to create a lighting budget, have a good idea on your spending cap. It is smart to walk into this with some kind of financial plan. This will help you and help the designers or lighting specialists you confer with, as they will steer you towards the brands and types of lighting you can afford.
Second, take some time to research; peruse the web or interior design magazines to gather some ideas that appeal to you and harmonize with your design scheme at home. This is a very good way to be ahead of the game when it comes to beginning this whole process of creating a lighting design for your home. Walking into a showroom with some inspiration on what you want may speed up the process or at the very least give the specialists some indication on what you want. It is always good to take the initiative.
It is a smart idea to collect any samples that you can from the space you are trying to create a lighting scheme for. Paint samples, fabrics, cabinet samples or floor samples, are all prime examples on what will be helpful to you and the lighting team you work with. Floor plans and photos of various angles within the space are always helpful as well; being able to see the space in these ways is always beneficial and allows you to recall your current structural design and décor.
Thursday, July 26th, 2012
by Littman Bros Lighting
Basements can be a fun room to decorate with various types of lighting to be used; they are larger spaces with often very little natural light emitted throughout. Because of that, in order to light a basement adequately, you may need an assortment of lights for your space. You should look for the best ceiling lighting with styles that will match your decor. You need overall general lighting while adding that extra accent and task lighting to certain areas throughout the basement.
Track Lighting – Track lighting is easy to install and is truly a newly renovated basement’s best answer for lighting. If track lighting isn’t what you are looking for then recessed lighting always can work too. It doesn’t take up space in the room and can be extremely adaptable for your space.
Table Lamps/Floor Lamps – These are wonderful choice for that extra decorative lighting you will need in your basement. Also, if you have lower ceilings in your basement (some basements tend to have lower ceilings than other rooms in the home) then floor lamps will be a great way to make your ceilings seem slightly taller than they actually.
Pendants – You can use pendants in your basement to hang over a specific area for ample illumination – for example over a bar area, pool table, or larger game table. Depending on the style of pendants you choose, these fixtures can also offer a great focal point for the space since pendants usually come in unique shapes and colors. You can use your pendants for accent lighting, task lighting or complete ambient lighting. Dimmers are also recommended in order to set the mood for your space.
Under Cabinet Lights – Under cabinet lighting is a great way to add lighting in subtle areas of your basement. If you for instance have a type of media/entertainment viewing area in your basement, under cabinet lighting is a great touch to a space when you are trying to create that mood lighting during a movie or show. Almost under the same category as this is LED table lighting, which can be used to line the bottom of your floors for safety when walking through a dark part of the basement.
Tuesday, July 20th, 2010
by Littman Bros Lighting
When it comes to designing a room or office space, lighting and home décor go hand in hand. Uttermost, a leading manufacturer of home accessories, offers both to help you coordinate the look of the entire room. Their extensive product mix consists of everything from mirrors and wall décor to light fixtures and accent furniture.
Best known for their wide selection of mirrors and wall art, Uttermost also offers a growing collection of lamps and other lighting fixtures, including bath lights, chandeliers, flush mounts and pendants. With such an array of unique yet down-to-earth designs, Uttermost’s home accents easily blend into any home décor. Uttermost styles range from traditional to contemporary and transitional. Continue Reading Uttermost: The Perfect Mix of Lighting & Home Décor