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Renovator’s Lighting Guide

Today, we’re talking about lighting for when you’re renovating or want to install something new and amazing. Here are some of my favorites to bookmark for your upcoming projects…

Our recent renter’s lighting guide included some of my favorite lighting that doesn’t require installation for those who rent or don’t want to install lighting. However, today, we’re talking about lighting for when you’re renovating or want to install something new and amazing. Here are some of my favorites to bookmark for your upcoming projects…

Sources:
1. Lexi Sconce and 2. Tumwater Sconce from Cedar and Moss
3. Double Vanity Light and 4. Circles Ceiling Light from Young House Love
5. Dancing Pendant and 6. Arteriors Mia Pendant from 2Modern
7. Striped Drum Shade and 8. Allegheny Sconce from SchoolHouse
9. Calliope Chandelier, 10. Octavia Blume Chandelier from Sazerac Stitches

The places I generally like to install lighting (vs. placing lighting) for which type:

Sconces
Sconces are meant as accent lighting and not typically for a bright source of lighting. These work great down a hallway to light the way. In the bathroom or kitchen, they can supplement other overhead lighting.

Drums and Shades
These are often meant to be an upgrade to the basic overhead light that might have already come with your home. A drum or shade makes for an easy (and likely less expensive) upgrade to help light an area that has lighting already installed. You’ll often find these in entryways and hallways but can work in many rooms of the home as they are more simple and so versatile.

Pendants
Pendants are meant to make a visual statement while simultaneously adding lighting from overhead. These work great in the kitchen, dining room, and living room. They are typically in more public spaces (shared rooms like those mentioned) vs. private spaces (like a bedroom or closet).

Top photo by Bethany Nauert from the Oh Joy Breakfast Nook

2 comments

  1. I’m confused – where’s the guide? I’m viewing on mobile so it might be weird, but I only seeing the sources. How about where to hang, what type of fixture for what room/task/use, how high to hang, etc.?

    1. Hi Victoria, The guide has some of my favorite pieces but also at the bottom a bit about common uses and rooms. I do not discuss exact placement as every space is different and I am not an interior designer. Just a graphic designer who likes to design spaces. Emily Henderson does have this post which is helpful if you need some exact placement suggestions.

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