There is a seemingly endless supply of light fixture and lamp options! So, how in the world do you ever decide which ones work in your space? Well, much of that decision is based upon your own style and preferences, but here are a few helpful ideas to keep in mind when making your lighting selections. All of the photos pictured are spaces I have designed for my luxury interior design or condominium package clients at Knotting Hill Interiors.
1. Consider the size of the lamp in relationship to the piece of furniture on which it is sitting.
If you have a bulky piece of furniture, putting a teeny lamp on it will be unflattering to both. The same is true with the opposite…. choosing a chunky lamp for a petite table will just appear out of scale.
2. Consider the height of the lamp.
Depending upon the location that you are placing the lamp, you should be sure that it is not so tall that you are looking at the hardware from underneath.
3. Consider the scale of lamps beside a bed.
Personally, I do not like skinny lamps beside a bed. The scale seems all wrong, because the bed is massive and the lamps are skinny. Instead, I typically opt for a pair of weightier lamps.
4. When choosing a chandelier, consider the height of the fixture in relationship to the ceiling height.
If you have a higher ceiling, your chandelier needs to occupy that vertical space more, so it should be larger in scale. For a lower ceiling, the chandelier can be wide, but you will be limited to “shorter” light fixtures.
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