The 4 Light Home Makeover in How-To's & Tips
The average home has over 40 light fixtures. Even if you CAN afford to replace them all, it is confusing to know exactly where to start. Which 4 lights will convince your guests that you had a full lighting makeover? Today Deb, a Professional Lighting Designer, shares her secrets learned from over 11 years experience helping clients solve their lighting problems.
"Amazingly, most homes need to replace their entry lights because they are weather-beaten, outdated, too small, or just an ugly brass."
Start with your Outdoor Entry Lights
Always start with the greatest impact area. As guests arrive they will notice your front entry lights, not just guests but everyone who even drives by your home. A well lit front entry makes an inviting and impressive statement and enables you to greet your guests with confidence. If you have single front entry fixture next to your door, consider replacing it with a matching wall lanterns to give your home a great warm look just by replacing your front entry fixtures you can get a "Big Bang for your Buck".
Next, Consider your Foyer Light
Next, upon entering your home, guests take notice of your entry fixtures, so we always consider the foyer chandelier because it is so prominent. Most chandeliers sizing is fine but you need to consider:
- Is it making a statement?
- Do I like the image it presents?
- Is it too small?
- Is the design outdated?
It doesn’t always needs replacing, give a critical analysis if it needs to be change.Usually the size is pretty good; it comes down to taste, style, quality and history. Ask yourself:
- Do I love this piece?
- Did I pick it out or did the builder put in the cheapest cookie-cutter light?
- Is it a classic or just outdated?
Finally look at your Guest Powder Room
This may be a bit of surprise since It is small and not really "on display.”
Why this room?
Think about it. When guests use your powder room they usually are alone, with plenty of time to scrutinize your décor. Most powder rooms have one or 2 lights, so it is an easy upgrade, and since it's a small room it you won't cost a lot of money.
Lamps are really quick and easy to switch out, so we usually consider them. And to add a instant burst of drama, you can add an accent up light behind a couch or a potted plant.
A SET OF ACCENT UP-LIGHTS!
Accent Up Lights will add layers of light to any room. These up lights call attention to details and set the mood for the perfect wedding, anniversary party, or special occasions. Make key visual areas POP - Designer Tip:Try using colored bulbs to wash your walls in color without the hassle of painting.
Additional Places to Makeover in Phase 2
Kitchen, dining, bed rooms are important, but usually are much more involved and we usually save them for phase 2. So when looking for a quick lighting makeover, start phase 1 with Front Outdoor lights, foyer, and then powder room. If you ever get stuck or need some advice, LampsUSA is always here to help
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Does your home suffer from the following symptoms:
- Cheap brass or painted fixtures that can't withstand winter storms or summer sun
- Unattractive Outdoor Lights that don't match the style of your home
- Plain “builder model” outdoor lights that are just too small
- (Front lights should be about 25% as high as your front door)
- The strange feeling that your old light fixtures are hurting your “curb appeal” and dragging down your home's value?
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