Inspired by Joanna Gaines | Fixer Upper | PART THREE | LIGHTING

Lighting is a great way to WOW your space.  

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Sutton Pendant 
There are three different types of lighting and should be used in combination in each room. 

1.  Ambient Lighting: Provides overall lighting in a space and can   come from the outside through windows and is the normal room lighting achieved through a chandelier, a ceiling mounted light or recessed lights. This is the main source of lighting in a room.  

2.  Task Lighting: Helps you preform specific
tasks such as reading,cooking,homework,       etc. Lighting in this category can come from floor lamps, desk and table lamps, under cabinet lighting and pendant lights.  

3.  Accent Lighting: This adds a little drama to a room by creating visual interests. Accent lighting is used to accent art work,sculptures and any other item you want to show off. This light is achieved with light three times the normal light in that space using track lighting or wall mounted picture lights.  

How much Ambient light do you need per room?  Use this simple formula: Multiply the length and the width of the room and then multiply that number by 1.5. That gives you the amount of wattage you will need to adequately light up the given space. 
What makes lighting farmhouse style? 
Each episode of Fixer Upper Joanna always uses the most interesting lighting fixtures that I like to call farmhouse style. Here is my interpretation of this style.  

- Materials made from salvaged wood, galvanized metal,glass, rope and industrial pieces.

- Reminiscent of vintage farmhouses,barns,and industrial factories.

- Inspired by pioneers with lanterns and simple lines from simple times.

Bulbs are plain with no fabric shades.


What Size Lighting Should I Use In Each Room?

- In the foyer or entry, fixtures should have a minimum clearance of 7 feet.  

- The chandelier in the dining room should be 12 inches smaller 
than your table's width. 

- When adding pendants to your kitchen island, there should be 35-40 inches above the countertop to the bottom of the fixture. 

- For a large room, measure the length and width of the room. Add those two measurements together. Record this measurement in feet.  Then that will tell you approximately how many inches in diameter your light fixture should be.  For example. Your room is 10' x 12'. 10 + 12 = 22.  The diameter should be at least 22" for your fixture. 

- For the height of the chandelier, measure the height of the ceilings in the room.  The height of the chandelier should be 3 inches per foot of the room. If the bedroom ceilings are 9' tall, the chandelier height should be around 27". In order to have adequate floor clearance, the chandelier should also be at least 7' above the floor.  

Where Should I Use Each Light?

Long gone are the days that you have to use a pendant light in your foyer and a chandelier in your dining room. Add a rustic chandelier to your bathroom or hallway. Creating a unique home is easy when you think outside the box.  
Start small, great design takes time. Enjoy!