Design Tips

Halls & Foyers

Today’s taller ceilings and larger foyers may require a larger fixture for dramatic effect. These fixtures not only greet your guests, but make a statement about the importance of the entrance to your home. In addition, chain-hung or close-to-the-ceiling fixtures are often ideal for hallways, entranceways and stairwells.

Chandeliers

This time-honored way to add grace and elegance to a dining room setting is now being reprised in living rooms and bedrooms throughout the home. Down lighting in chandelier fixtures also provides task lighting for homework, projects and family recreation. When selecting a chandelier for the dining room, remember that it is a focal point. A chandelier should hang 30” above the table top and be 6” narrower than the table on both sides.

Pendants

Pendants can provide both task and accent lighting and are ideal solutions for kitchen counters, game tables, work areas, and even end tables or special locations around the home. In addition, pendant lighting can provide a festive or intimate touch in home bars and other recreational spaces These fixtures should hang 30” above the counter top.

Wall Mounted Fixtures

Larger rooms and open floor plans have increased the utility and popularity of sconces and other wall mounted fixtures. Often, they are designed to match dining room chandeliers and other dominant fixtures in the home. Consider using wall mounted fixtures for dramatic effect in the master bedroom. Mount wall sconces 62” to 72” above the floor.

Flush Mounts

These fixtures often provide lighting for areas such as hallways, stairwells, kitchens, baths, laundry rooms, playrooms or bonus rooms.

Bath Fixtures

As the bath has become the focus of luxury in the home, the desire for larger, more substantial bath fixtures has grown. Smaller mirrors can still be illuminated with side fixtures, which should be 60” above floor height.

For larger vanity and mirror applications, it may be desirable to select a single layer fixture.

Outdoor

These fixtures not only meet and greet your guests, they make a statement about your home and provide great “curb appeal.” Make certain they are sized in proportion to your entranceway. They should be 66” above ground level.

Rear entranceways can often be illuminated by using either a single wall lantern or a chain-hung fixture.