When we bought our house I knew we were going to have to replace all the light fixtures. For our client work we use a TON (and I mean a TON) of Visual Comfort/ Circa fixtures and so I was happy to partner up with them to outfit the house with new lighting top to bottom. So far we’ve done all the hardwired fixtures, next up is layering in floor lamps and table lamps as well – different layers of lighting is super important. I need some furniture first though :)
But it brought up a good talking point about how I pick fixtures for rooms and even adjacent rooms and whole homes. While you want each space to feel unique, you also want it to flow from one space to another nicely. I am working in some existing items I have and love (like my Bunny Williams lamp and an antique floor lamp I have), but most everything else is new. So here are ALL the fixtures in my home, I’ve been getting lots of DM’s for sources and now they can all live in one spot:
I’m not big on matching sets for rooms – in any capacity, furniture or lighting. So while there may be a “collection” available, I tend to mix things up a little so it feels more interesting. I like to keep the finish relatively consistent – but vary the design style – so if the chandelier is really ornate, keeping the sconces a little simpler.
I also try to make sure fixtures that all exist in one room or line of sight have a mix of shades/no shades. So if using kitchen pendants that have shades, for example, I’d keep the breakfast table or dining table light something that does NOT have shades. I talk about this approach in more detail in my second book! (Shameless plug!)