Updating home light fixtures

There are certain small updates you can make to your home that have a big impact. Such an update is replacing dated light fixtures. It’s amazing how much more modern our house looked when we started doing this.

If you’re lucky enough to have an electrician in your life you have someone who can safely remove an old light fixture and install a new stylish one, if not be safe and hire one.

The house we bought had very dated fixtures – one had shiny brass-colored plastic, ooh la la. Another fixture was plastic that looked like stained glass. Nothing says “fancy” like fake stained glass plastic, and if that wasn’t enough, it also had a floral pattern and the walls in the room had matching wallpaper. The previous homeowners were obviously not fans of the phrase “less is more,” hence I decided to take matters into my own hands.

1. Choose a style

When picking a light fixture, think about the style you want to have and make sure it works with all the colors and elements of your decor. There are great contemporary options like brushed nickel and rubbed bronze. I like the clean modern look of nickel fixtures.

Some fixtures are so beautiful they are the perfect focal point for a room. If you decide to make a statement with lighting, make sure the other decor in the room is more subdued so the fixture is what draws your eye first in the room.

2. Choose the right size and right amount of light

Make sure you consider the size of the room when choosing fixtures. The scale of the fixture needs to match the scale of the room. With ceiling fan lights there are different sizes, so check the width of a fan you’re replacing or if you’re installing one for the first time, decide what width would work for your room and how low you want it to hang. There are flush-mount models as well as ones that hang using a down rod.

Similarly, with pendant lights make sure if you’re installing them over a kitchen counter that you get a length that isn’t too short or too low for people sitting at the counter.

Also, consider how much light is needed in a space and make sure the fixture you choose won’t provide too little or too much light.

3. Mix things up

I chose a mix of neutral colored-fixtures that include brushed nickel, fabric, and glass. I didn’t want to have too much of any one feature.

For the dining room, I chose a taupe fabric drum chandelier. I wanted a neutral stylish fixture that would allow the black dining room table and the colorful painting on the wall to be the focal points.

In the eat-in kitchen, because it’s a small space I chose a small, nickel circular pendant lamp, mimicking the circular shape of the dining room light. In the nearby family room, I went with a contemporary nickel style ceiling fan with light.

4. Install and enjoy!

It’s amazing how updating home lighting can make a home feel new again. New light fixtures don’t take up much space but they draw your eye in a good way when you walk in the room. In addition to better lighting and possibly more energy-efficient lighting, they can really add enjoyment to your home.