I’ve said this before but having a well thought out lighting plan for your home is essential in good design so today I’m here to share with you some tips on how to mix & match your light fixtures, primarily in an open concept area of the home such as the entry/living/dining/kitchen area where often times you can see all or most of your light fixtures at once.
Goodness knows I’ve spent countless hours on my personal homes and client’s homes trying to get this concept just right so here are a few tips that I hope will be helpful the next time you are building, renovating, or simply upgrading your lighting.
Use Fixtures that Share a Common Trait
This tip is huge because using fixtures with the same or similar shapes, colors, materials or styles will bring harmony to the space and allow your fixtures to blend seamlessly, like they were meant to live together in the same space without being overly similar.
Don’t Use Fixtures From The Same Collection In the Same Space
This look becomes too matchy matchy and creates monotony, which is never good in design in my opinion. If you want to use the chandelier for example from a collection of lights but you also want to use the pendants or sconces from that same collection because you love them that much that’s fine but, use them in another space separate and apart from the space you are using the chandelier in so that things don’t become monotonous. Cookie cutter builders do this because it’s easy and cost effective for them but if you are replacing your lights, renovating or building and have options, always stay away from using a collection of lights together in the same space
Use a Variety of Colors (i.e. mix your metals), & Textures
Varying the brands you use along with the colors and sizes can create interest, scale and character in a space.