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Kids’ Bedroom Lighting

Oftentimes bedroom lighting is overlooked. And the kids’ bedrooms – even more so. But what people don’t realize is that these are the perfect rooms to play with your lighting design. Bedrooms are the one area of the house where you want the ability for the room to be completely dark, completely bright, and somewhere in between all within the same 24 hours. Luckily for you, we can help you make that happen!

When shopping for your kids bedroom lighting consider these three tips:

1) Think About the Purpose of Each Area of the Room

Depending on the age of your kids the purpose of their room may alter throughout the years. WIth young kids you may want to incorporate a small toy area, or cozy reading nook to cuddle up together in. While older kids may need a desk for school work and a reading light next to the bed. When looking at the layout of their room consider your options for layering your lighting. Maybe a desk light is needed. Or some bedside scones or hanging pendants would be neat! Or even the perfect floor lamp to complete your cozy reading nook and armchair. Remember – All of your light does not need to come from one source! 

2) To Theme or Not to Theme

As we all know, kids change their mind more than Mother Nature changes the weather. As badly as your little one may need a Frozen themed room, or may love Thomas the Tank Engine, they probably won’t love them for the next 10 years. And as much as we would love it if everyone changed their lighting fixtures every 1-2 years, you probably don’t want to do that! So if you want to theme your child’s room, we recommend opting to theme items that are easy to swap out like bedspreads, small table lamps, etc. While your overhead lighting should remain a little more fluid through the whims of your children. That’s not to say that every room should have a boring flush mount round fixture, but rather think through the possibilities for your fixture. For example if your child loves outer space, look around for some of our more modern designs that have that space-age look when surrounded by planets and stars on the ceiling, but will also age with them into their teen years as a piece of sleek decor (once the glow-in-the-dark star stickers are peeled off the ceiling.) 

3) Have Fun!

Bedrooms are the place where doors close when company comes over. The lights in your bedrooms do not need to match or compliment any other lights in the house. If you love that crazy over the top chandelier but it would look out of place hanging over your dining room table, then have a little fun in your bedroom! 

If you are looking to update your kids bedroom lighting please feel free to contact us

Or better yet, come in for a visit to our showroom!

Lighting Your Front Door

Some people say that first impressions don’t really matter. But, we beg to differ. The first impression of your home can go a long way in making people feel welcome. So today we are here to help with our favourite lighting tips to make your front door a welcoming and inviting place for all!

Sizing

Often we find that clients have a tendency to undersize their outdoor lighting. We like to remind our clients that their outdoor lighting is largely being admired from the street or sidewalk. Therefore going up a size often helps these elements stand out with a bit more flair. A good rule of thumb to follow is that the front door wall light should be roughly one third of the size of the front door. From there you can go up or down to make your preferred statement!

Wattage

Lighting for your front door should provide enough illumination so that you can see and navigate your path or steps safely. However, you don’t want it so bright that your neighbours are complaining of glare through their windows! No one wants to live next to the Broadway-lit house. The wattage and colouring of your front door light will depend on the set up of your front door, proximity to neighbours, and any additional lighting you may have working in your landscape. Take a good look around and snap a quick picture before coming into the showroom so we can help you the best way possible! 

Style

The style of your outdoor lighting fixture should always compliment the style of your home. When this happens successfully, your home will always be welcoming to guests and have great curb appeal. We always recommend that our clients bring in a photo of the front of their house so we can help you choose something that reflects the charm of your house. 

If you are looking to update your outdoor lighting please feel free to contact us

Or better yet, come in for a visit to our showroom!

Updating Your Bathroom Lighting?

Bathrooms can be such an incredibly busy place in your home. Not only are they where you take care of business, but its also the place where you prepare for your day and wind down for a relaxing night. It might be the place where a new parent can find a moment of peace and quiet, or your teen starts to experiment with make-up and their identity. No matter what stage of life you are in, some things remain true – death, taxes and the need to go to the bathroom.

When coming into our showroom to update your bathroom lighting make sure you know:

1)The Function of Your Bathroom

Bathroom lighting always comes back to the purpose and function of the particular bathroom you are updating. If you are updating a powder room the purpose of the room is a quick in and out. Or if you are updating your master ensuite the purpose of the room may include make-up application and/or shaving, which is going to need much brighter, more purposeful light. Or maybe this bathroom is supposed to be Mom’s special retreat space. In that case lets glam it up with a cute chandelier over the tub!

2) Colour of Your Hardware

Gone are the days where your lighting fixtures need to match perfectly to the hardware of your taps. Nowadays mixing finishes is all the rage. Be bold and experiment with complimentary finishes in the bathroom. If you have chrome taps, try out a vanity light finished in matte black for a bold statement. 

3) Size of Your Mirror

Sizing is where a lot of people get tripped up. Bringing in the dimensions of your mirror will help our lighting experts find a new fixture that is perfect for your bathroom. For vanity lighting, your new lighting fixture should be proportionate to the size of your mirror. For example if you have a mirror that is 24” wide, your new lighting fixture should be between 18-24”. If you are not a strong visual thinker, please bring your dimensions in and feel free to bring pictures in. (We promise we won’t judge the sticky toothpaste holder!) 

If you are looking to give your bathroom a refresh please feel free to contact us. 

Or better yet, come in for a visit to our showroom!