"I Want To Update My Lighting"
Home Ideas Magazine - March 2019
“I Want to Update My Lighting”
By Jessica Evans, Cozy Home Lighting
It all starts here... You see those fixtures every day. You don’t like your brass fixtures from the ‘80s; they’re so outdated. Or your home was built in 2002, but the rooms are still dark and that stock collection of fixtures that matches all the way through the house (and EVERY other house in the neighborhood!), makes you want something different. But where do you start? How much will the fixtures cost? What about the electrician’s cost?
I get it. I’ve been there. It snowballs into a larger project than you expected! You start with the dining room chandelier, or the red shaded pendants that you thought were cool in 2006. Then, you’re talking about recessed lights, and the bathrooms have to match the new style too.
Alright, you get it now. First, start with a budget. How much are you willing to spend on this project? If you want to replace the basic pieces – such as lights in the dining room, living room, foyer and bathrooms – a good place to start would be around $2,000 to $3,000. Wall sconces and flush mounts may not matter as much if you’re wanting a new feel. Of course, the budget increases as you add smaller but numerous fixtures, and as you increase in the quality of your selections. However, you can have beautiful pieces that don’t cost a fortune and work just as well.
What style do you want? Are you loving the HGTV rustic farmhouse style that is so “in” right now? Maybe you’re ready to give it a more traditional, sophisticated feel. I think a great tip is to consider your favorite jewelry! That’s your favorite feel you want when you get dressed, and it’s a great way to think about how you want your home to feel.
I have two sisters, all of us incredibly different. I have the granola, camper, world traveler sister. The other sister is a small-town girl, who loves prettier, softer, more feminine colors and eyelets, lace and bows. I’d fall in the traditional category – pearl studs, silver drops, or gold hoops. It’s funny, but our houses match. My granola sister has a lot of wood pieces throughout her home, the other sister has pretty pillows and light grays. My interior colors change with the season – basic velvet, red, orange or yellow pillows. I like color but it’s very simple.
Your style is a jump-off point for selecting light fixtures. Each of those styles has new, trendy designs. It’s amazing to see all of the designs that are available for affordable prices today! It’s been a relatively recent trend as consumers view the lighting in their home as an important design element. Consumers select for more than just function, and there are much more options than simply stock collections.
With the options comes a more difficult selection process. Don’t stress. Which fixture would you most like to see replaced? Look for that fixture first. Pick one you love, maybe more of a statement piece. Build off that. For the adjacent fixtures, consider selecting ones that match the finish style but have a different shape and are more understated to allow your favorite to shine.
For a good flow, keep the same color finish in the light fixtures throughout the rest of the house. Look for a cohesive color scheme in the interior colors and fixtures. Faucet and cabinet finishes may differ from the lighting finish though. When it’s well-thought-out, we’re really seeing it all play well together in designs. You can have that too. Get help if you’re doubting the combination.
Lastly, don’t forget about the more overlooked lighting elements – undercabinet or overcabinet lighting, and accent lighting. It all plays a part in helping to make your home your favorite place to be.
If you think you’re ready to order, and if no one has helped you, it does pay to get expert advice. An expert or a consultant can ensure that the fixtures will most importantly provide the amount of light you need and can be properly mounted. They’ll also discuss location, height, dimmers and Smart Home technology.
To stay in your budget, talk to the consultant to get help. There may be simple ways to get more for the same amount or less. Call your electrician to get a quote on the installation. You may need a construction contractor to quote any sheetrock repairs needed. This pre-planning will help you from feeling overwhelmed by these additional costs of the entire project.
The lighting in our home is more important than we realize until we start thinking about it. It gives the home its energy – bright for the day or evening to get work done, and then dimming for the time to sit and relax, read, talk or catch up on shows. It gives it the feel we want, like our favorite jewelry. Like that jewelry, trends change and we want to update it from time to time. Don’t feel like you need to spend an arm and a leg to transform your lighting, because you’ll likely want to change it in 5-10 years. If you’re ready to update your lighting, visit with a local expert to determine the perfect solution to fit your style, needs and budget.