If I’ve helped you with design then I am sure you’ve heard me say two things: “Lighting is the jewelry to your home” and “bigger is better”. It’s so true! Modern, bold, glamours, vintage… lighting sets the tone to any space. It’s your statement piece to every room! It’s what catches everyone’s eye and brings personality to your space. While crystals; chrome; brass and glass brings home the drama, linen and seagrass invite a cozy and comfortable ambiance.
My Original Lighting
So, really, there was nothing wrong with my old lighting. I’ve lived with it for 6 years, and I just wanted a refresh! It’s part of the “designer bug” that hits me hard every other month or so. I’ve tried explaining to my husband that he should feel sorry for this “chronic illness”, but I get no sympathy! LOL.
My old lighting: The pendants above the island are from the Rockford collection by Hinkley. They are large traditional pendants that have a beautiful seeded glass hurricane and the metal is hand-painted.
I chose to place Hinkley’s large Rockford 6-arm chandelier over my kitchen table to match the island pendants.
I’ve had my eyes on these gorgeous pendants for ever! They are part of Hinkley’s new collection, the Stinson. Check them out:
Can I get an ohhhh laaaaa laaaaa!
Each of these stunning pendants has 4 crystal square fittings, adding to the unique and glamours look. I love how eclectic these pendants are. They take on whichever style you ask of them. The black iron frame is both modern and rustic, yet the crystal pieces add elegance and sophistication.
I decided to go for lots of glitz and glamour over the kitchen table. I mean, if we’re going to be out jewelry shopping, let’s go for the gusto, right? My house has a lot of rustic accents infused throughout, and as I’ve mentioned in past posts, I love mixing rustic and elegant. I chose this Clarissa 40″ wide chandelier by Pottery Barn. I’ve hung it in so many client’s homes over the last couple of years and each time I see it I fall in love with it all over again. I’m super excited to finally have it hanging in my own kitchen!
Notice that the metals don’t match! This is OK!!! Matching metals can be boring. I always say that as long as the lighting has some shared material (in this case the crystal) and generally matches in design then it should work just fine. It’s best to first find what you love and then see if you can marry those two pieces together. In my experience, printing out a picture of two different lights and placing them next to one another helps a ton. When in doubt, ask a friend with a good design sense. 😉
How Low Do You Go?
I get asked this question almost every design job. When hanging lighting, the rule of thumb is to hang your piece anywhere between 30″-36″ above the table or countertop. You don’t want it so low that it sits in your line of sight and prevents conversation, however, you don’t want it so high that it feels disconnected to the space. My crystal chandelier sits 36″ above the kitchen table. This works for me because I like tall centerpieces (which I remove when we entertain). My pendants hover above my countertop at 34″, allowing them to perfectly frame out my kitchen cabinetry.
Last GIANT Tid Bit of Advice
If you don’t have dimmers on all of your lighting you are REALLY missing out. Dimmers are an inexpensive way of controlling the amount of light you are letting into your space. They literally allow you to manually “set the mood”. (A
little BIG secret: lower lighting hides your wrinkles and casts less face shadows. I am always grateful for any help I can get. LOL). A dimmer can be your best friend, second to me…because I just shared the best secret EVER!
Whatever your style, don’t forget your jewelry!