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How to Choose Farmhouse Lighting
With so many options to choose from and so many style considerations, it can often be daunting to choose the perfect lighting fixture for your own home. Experienced designers will tell you that lighting is an essential ingredient in home design. It’s also important to consider the existing furniture and surrounding décor as well as the lighting requirements for space.
It’s essential to have more than one source of light in a room, and layered illumination is the key. Start by choosing a farmhouse ceiling fixture, and then look toward outer walls for opportunities in downlighting.
Farmhouse valences are the perfect choice when you want a gentle flood of light hitting the walls, curtains, and surrounding artwork.
In a living room, you may want to consider having a subtle contrast between the light at the center of the room and around the perimeter with darker spaces in between. This provides a welcoming and warm atmosphere. The kitchen on the other hand requires brighter lighting – where task lighting is more important than creating ambiance only. Dining spaces typically require a combination of both types of lighting, depending upon the size.
For larger rooms, farmhouse lighting with elongated silhouettes fits in beautifully. Use oversized farmhouse lamps to provide lighting in empty and awkward spaces in complementary finishes and materials.
For smaller spaces like entranceways or hallways choose walls sconces or flush style mounts that provide functional lighting as well as a welcoming ambiance.