Light fixtures are one of my favorite things to choose for a home. They can be statement-makers or play a supporting role to other pieces in a room. One question I get asked pretty frequently is how do you choose light fixtures that coordinate with each other? This question comes up particularly in the context of open floor plans when you can see multiple light fixtures throughout the space. Since so many of us have homes these days where this is the case - whether it’s a living room that’s open to the dining room, a kitchen that opens up to the dining room, or even where it’s ALL open (like our new house!).
There are so many different directions you can go and the combinations you can choose are endless, but my goal today is to keep things simple and offer a few “tricks” and guidelines you can follow when you’re picking light fixtures for your home. It’s nice to have a cohesive general scheme throughout your home (e.g. flush mounts, pendants, and chandeliers), even if you don’t have an open floor plan. Setting a few “boundary conditions” will help guide you as you go about finding new fixtures and narrow your search so you don’t get overwhelmed by the options…there are a lot out there!
Take a walk through your home and figure out where you need new light fixtures and what kind you need like flush mounts, sconces, chandeliers, pendants, etc. Don’t forget about bathrooms, kitchens, and hallways!
Once you’ve got that figured out, the easiest thing to do is to stick to light fixtures that fit nicely into those style categories and keep the theme going throughout your home. There are certainly ways to make a more eclectic mix work beautifully, but I think for most people, keeping it simple is a key to success!
I’ll admit, this part is more of an art, so it’s not as straightforward to understand! Generally, if you can echo design elements from one fixture to another, that’s going to help a ton with a cohesive look.
For example, if your dining room chandelier is minimalist with a curvy shape like the one I have in my matte black lighting plan below, you might choose island pendants that are also minimalist and have a bit of a curve to them. The simple pendants I included in that same plan are just that. See how the top part has a curve to it? That’s what I mean by having similar lines and feels. If you have any questions about that, I’d be happy to answer them!
All right, so with all of that in mind, I’ve got flush mounts, semi-flush mounts, chandeliers, pendants, single wall sconces, and vanity lights. What I love about these is that they all work well together, and you can mix and match them throughout your home! I hope they’re helpful as you’re shopping for your own home.
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