Bathroom Vanity Lighting Inspiration – Contemporary Look

Bathrooms can be such an incredibly busy place in your home. Not only are they where you take care of business, but it is also the place where you prepare for your day and wind down for a relaxing night.

Your bathroom vanity lighting should express your style and feel of your family’s aesthetic. We have collected three options for those aspiring to a contemporary feel in their bathroom. 

1. 24” Baden Vanity Light in Matte Black

Clean and modern, this 24” vanity light showcases sleek, slim lines of matte black finish metal. Perfect for a powder room, it boasts a delicate, frosted white shade that diffuses the light into a soft, graceful glow. This collection is also available in a brushed nickel or chrome finish. 

Size not what you’re looking for? 

The Baden Collection offers the vanity light in a 8” or 24” size as well. 

2. Kube 5-Light Vanity Light in Matte Black and Chrome

The Kube family exudes ambiance. The Kube vanity light features a matte black and chrome finish with an austere rectangle design that provides plenty of light. The bold, edgy design really energizes a bathroom or powder room. This collection is also available in a matte black and brushed nickel finish. 

Size not what you’re looking for?

The Kube collections offers vanity lights in 1-light or 3-light options as well. 

3. 36” Rings Vanity in Black

Contemporary and simple describes the Ring family by Kendal lighting. The LED vanity features a white acrylic lens tube off set by the clean black finish of the hardware. The contemporary design will bring an elevated look to your bathroom or powder room. The Rings collection is also available in a chrome finish. 

Size not what you’re looking for?

The Rings collection offers this vanity in a 24” or 30” size as well. 

If you are looking to update your home’s lighting please feel free to contact us

Or better yet, come in for a visit to our showroom!

Lighting Your Primary Bedroom

Oftentimes bedroom lighting is overlooked. But what people don’t realize is that these are the perfect rooms to play with your lighting design. Bedrooms are the one area of the house where you want the ability for the room to be completely dark, completely bright, and somewhere in between all within the same 24 hours. Luckily for you, we can help you make that happen!

When shopping for your primary bedroom lighting consider these three tips:

1) Think About the Purpose of Each Area of the Room

Take a look through your bedroom and take note of the different tasks you want to accomplish. For example, do you have a vanity area in your bedroom for applying make-up, or do you like to read in bed? These are areas where you may want to add layered lighting options.  Maybe a desk light is needed on the vanity. Or some bedside scones or hanging pendants would be neat for bedtime reading! Or even the perfect floor lamp to complete your cozy reading nook and armchair. Remember – All of your light does not need to come from one source.

2) Consider Climate Control

Ceiling fans are a popular choice for bedroom lighting. The great benefit of having a ceiling fan is the air movement. The amount of air flow is determined by the pitch of the blades. Most residential ceiling fans will be pitched between 12-16 degrees. There are also fans with higher pitches like 22 degrees for even more air movement. The greater degree of pitch will result in more air flow. 

3) Have Fun!

Bedrooms are the place where doors close when company comes over. The lights in your bedrooms do not need to match or compliment any other lights in the house. If you love that crazy over the top chandelier but it would look out of place hanging over your dining room table, then have a little fun in your bedroom! 

4) Don’t Forget The Accessories!

Don’t forget the finishing touches like dimmer switches and remote controls. Creating a little ambiance in the bedroom is always a good idea. And a remote control means you don’t have to get out of bed to turn off the light!

If you are looking to update your master bedroom lighting please feel free to contact us

Or better yet, come in for a visit to our showroom!

A Little Inspiration:

Item: Soriano Wall Sconce
Item: Nimbus Pendant
Item: Cavallo Pendant
Item: Sonna Flush Mount
Item: Neutra Wall Sconce

Dining Room Table Lighting Inspiration – Contemporary Look

Dining room tables are no longer just the place where we eat. Dining room tables are now part of our at-home office, the homework help center, the transition land of all lost items and the place where the family might eat if the game isn’t on. 

The lighting overhead of your dining room table should express your style and feel of your family’s aesthetic. We have collected three options for those aspiring to a contemporary feel in their dining room.

  • Euclid 3-Light Chandelier in Chrome & Matte Black

This three-light chandelier commands visual interest over a dining space. The power of open geometric shapes fashioned from chrome and matte black finish steel adds an invigorating effect over a candelabra-style bulb mount, yielding an impressive mixed motif look.

The Euclid collection is also offered in olde brass and bronze finish.

Size not what you’re looking for? 

The Euclid Collection offers 4-light, 6-light, 8-light, 10-light and 12-light options in a similar chandelier style or long island light style. 

  • Neutra 5-Light Chandelier in Matte Black & Polished Nickel

From the Neutra collection comes this vintage-inspired island 5-light fixture, lending a charming mid-century modern flair to a contemporary style home. Five clear glass globes at each end of staggered, curved matte black rods, accented with a shiny polished nickel finish, cast a bright glow across the space.

The Neutra collection is also offered in matte black and foundry brass.

Size not what you’re looking for?

The Neutra Collection offers 3-light, 7-light and 9-light options in a similar chandelier style or long island light style. 

  • Ascension 10-Light Chandelier in Chrome

Bring the visual impact of a space-inspired fixture to any contemporary space, adding this dynamic ten-light chandelier to a modern dining room or living area. The sleek look of brilliant chrome finish steel shapes a linear frame and canopy with slender adjustable arms angled to create an abstract silhouette. 

The Ascension Collection is also offered in a matte black finish.

Size not what you’re looking for?

The Ascension Collection offers 8-light, 10-light, 16-light and 20-light options in a similar chandelier style. 

If you are looking to update your home’s lighting please feel free to contact us

Or better yet, come in for a visit to our showroom!

3 Must-Know Lighting Tips


Lighting design is often one of those design elements that feels overwhelming. Let us help take some stress off with some of the most important lighting tips and tricks to embrace…

1 – Mix & Match Across Finishes

Gone are the days where your lighting fixtures need to match perfectly to the hardware of your kitchen cabinet hardware or bathroom taps. Nowadays mixing finishes is all the rage. Be bold and experiment with complimentary finishes in the kitchen and bathroom. If you have chrome taps, try out a vanity light finished in matte black for a bold statement. 

2 – Layers, Layers, and More Layers

Finding the perfect combination of lighting for your home can be tricky, but let us help you with breaking down the most important tip for lighting your home – layering your light sources!

Within each room of your home there are many different types of tasks that need to be accomplished. For example, think of all the things you do in your home office – working on the computer, reading, talking on the phone, video calls, holding meetings, etc. Each of these tasks would benefit from a different style of lighting which all layer together to create the perfect home office! 

When layering your lighting it is important to consider three types of light:natural light (windows), overhead lighting (flush mount, chandeliers, pendants, etc) and task lighting (under cabinet lighting, floor lamps, table lamps, etc). Combining these three types of lighting will illuminate your home to perfection! 

3 – Style

And finally, it all comes back to style! Your personal style as well as the character of your home should inform your design choices across your home. Take some time and think about the feeling you want to create in each room. Do you want your front foyer to be welcoming, to dazzle, to relax, or maybe to excite! Do you want your living room to feel cozy or to have an air of sophistication? The options are endless!

If you are looking to update your home’s lighting please feel free to contact us

Or better yet, come in for a visit to our showroom!

Home Office Lighting 101

With more and more companies moving to a permanent work-from-home situation, it’s no surprise that home offices are becoming a focus. Finding the perfect combination of lighting for your home office can be tricky, but let us help you with breaking down the most important tip for lighting your home office – layering your light sources!

Within your day you probably have many different types of tasks that need to be accomplished. Think of all the things you do in your home office – working on the computer, reading, talking on the phone, video calls, holding meetings, etc. Each of these tasks would benefit from a different style of lighting which all layer together to create the perfect home office! 

When layering your lighting it is important to consider three types of light:

1 – Natural Light 

Natural light (from a window) will serve to energize you throughout the day but it can also cause a lot of glare on computer screens. Natural light can be used in your home office through controlled use. Think of installing blinds or curtains to help manage brightness and glare throughout the day. 

2 – Overhead Lighting

Overhead lighting serves to illuminate a large portion of your room from one single light source. Overhead lighting can be a place to express your style and creativity in your office. It should provide enough light to keep the room bright for working, but not be so overwhelming to cause glare. If you are renovating you may have more ability to select where the overhead electrical box will be placed and can do so to avoid potential glare and shadows. Putting your overhead lighting on a dimmer switch is also a great way to create ambience in your home office.

3 – Task Lighting 

Task lighting is going to be your new best friend in your home office! Think of task lighting like your very own personal assistant helping you to focus and complete tasks with efficiency and less headaches. Task lighting allows you to highlight an area of your room, or desk, to help you stay focused and on task (pun intended). 

Think of all the different tasks you perform in your home office and how you like to perform those tasks. For example, if you like to read documents away from your desk and in that cozy armchair – then a floor lamp for reading is going to be a must! If you do a lot of handwritten note taking or writing at your desk – a table lamp would be a great addition to your work space.

When purchasing your task lighting be sure to include lamps with adjustable arms so that you accommodate a range of setups in your home. Ensuring that your task lighting has dimmable capabilities will also help to ensure that you have options to create a different feel in your office too!

If you are looking to update your home office lighting please feel free to contact us

Or better yet, come in for a visit to our showroom!

Summer Lighting Trends

Needless to say, it’s been quite the summer for 2021. We are excited to be beginning to see the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel and have enjoyed getting to reopen our doors this summer.

Since everyone has been spending more than the usual amount of time at home over the past year, it has been so interesting to see where our clients have been focusing their renovation energy on in their homes. Kitchen and bathroom renovations are still a main area of focus of course, but lots of clients have also been paying extra careful attention to the design of other areas of their home…

1 – The Home Office

With more and more companies moving to a permanent work-from-home situation, it’s no surprise that home offices are becoming a focus.  So what are people doing with their lighting in their home office?

Well we’ve found that people are really working towards using the natural light in their offices, adding functional task lighting and topping off the look with some statement overhead lighting pieces. People are really wanting to add a punch of personality into their home offices, a perk that many did not have before when working in-office. We have seen everything from crystal chandeliers, to geometric pendants and super modern flush mounts enter office spaces over the past few months! 

2 – Outdoor Lighting

Summer is the season to be outside and enjoy the sunshine here in Southwestern Ontario. With vacationing and travelling limited for another summer, we have seen so many families transforming their backyards into their own tropical paradise! From adding new gardens, putting in the pool they’ve been dreaming of, to finally updating the 15-year-old patio furniture – it’s no secret that Ontarians have been making magic happen in their backyards. 

As for lighting outdoors, we have seen families focusing on two main areas – the front door and the back porch. Our clients have been wanting to make their front and back porches more welcoming for the neighbourhood crew. 

3 – Kids Rooms 

The last area we have seen clients focusing on this summer is their kids’ rooms! This one seemed a little surprising to us at first but those preteens and teens have been stuck inside for a very long time and need a little refresh in their space too! Lots of kids’ rooms were not only their bedrooms this past year, but also their schoolroom, their sports training room and their safe space.

Interested in updating your kids’ rooms? Check out our post on Kid’s Bedroom Lighting to get inspired!

If you are looking for some summer inspiration please feel free to contact us

Or better yet, come in for a visit to our showroom!

Making a Grand Entrance

Like it or not, first impressions matter. When guests visit your home there are a few key spots to put a little extra love and attention on. Your foyer is one of those places! Lighting for a foyer can be tricky to get right. There are a lot of different perspectives to consider. So let us help you with a few of those considerations.

1 – Scale and Sizing

Depending on the build of your home, you may have a one storey or two storey foyer. The amount of space you have will ultimately determine what type of light you may be looking for. People with two-storey foyers are often able to use larger chandeliers or pendant fixtures to fill their space. While people with one-storey foyers will need to focus on a flush or semi flush mount fixture. In either case you want to make sure that you keep approximately a 7 foot clearance between the floor and the bottom of your light. This will certainly make your life easier when moving furniture in or out of the house, hockey sticks are flying about or super tall Uncle Dawn comes to visit! 

2- Position of The Light Box and The Door

Another measurement to keep in mind is the distance between the light box and any doors in the space. Be mindful of the width or diameter of your light and ensure that you will be able to open and close any nearby doors without any interference.

3 – Sight Lines

When looking for your foyer lighting be aware that this is a high traffic area and an intersection point in the house. Take a look from the front door, down the hallway, dining room, etc and check to see what you can see within those different sight lines. You may want to choose a light for your foyer that compliments or contrasts the other elements within the space. 

4 – Style

And finally, it all comes back to style! Your personal style as well as the character of your home should inform your design choice in this space. Take some time and think about the feeling you want to create when opening your home to guests. Do you want your front foyer to be welcoming, to dazzle, to relax, or maybe to excite! The options are endless! 

If you are looking to update your foyer lighting please feel free to contact us

Or better yet, come in for a visit to our showroom!

Kids’ Bedroom Lighting

Oftentimes bedroom lighting is overlooked. And the kids’ bedrooms – even more so. But what people don’t realize is that these are the perfect rooms to play with your lighting design. Bedrooms are the one area of the house where you want the ability for the room to be completely dark, completely bright, and somewhere in between all within the same 24 hours. Luckily for you, we can help you make that happen!

When shopping for your kids bedroom lighting consider these three tips:

1) Think About the Purpose of Each Area of the Room

Depending on the age of your kids the purpose of their room may alter throughout the years. WIth young kids you may want to incorporate a small toy area, or cozy reading nook to cuddle up together in. While older kids may need a desk for school work and a reading light next to the bed. When looking at the layout of their room consider your options for layering your lighting. Maybe a desk light is needed. Or some bedside scones or hanging pendants would be neat! Or even the perfect floor lamp to complete your cozy reading nook and armchair. Remember – All of your light does not need to come from one source! 

2) To Theme or Not to Theme

As we all know, kids change their mind more than Mother Nature changes the weather. As badly as your little one may need a Frozen themed room, or may love Thomas the Tank Engine, they probably won’t love them for the next 10 years. And as much as we would love it if everyone changed their lighting fixtures every 1-2 years, you probably don’t want to do that! So if you want to theme your child’s room, we recommend opting to theme items that are easy to swap out like bedspreads, small table lamps, etc. While your overhead lighting should remain a little more fluid through the whims of your children. That’s not to say that every room should have a boring flush mount round fixture, but rather think through the possibilities for your fixture. For example if your child loves outer space, look around for some of our more modern designs that have that space-age look when surrounded by planets and stars on the ceiling, but will also age with them into their teen years as a piece of sleek decor (once the glow-in-the-dark star stickers are peeled off the ceiling.) 

3) Have Fun!

Bedrooms are the place where doors close when company comes over. The lights in your bedrooms do not need to match or compliment any other lights in the house. If you love that crazy over the top chandelier but it would look out of place hanging over your dining room table, then have a little fun in your bedroom! 

If you are looking to update your kids bedroom lighting please feel free to contact us

Or better yet, come in for a visit to our showroom!

Lighting Your Front Door

Some people say that first impressions don’t really matter. But, we beg to differ. The first impression of your home can go a long way in making people feel welcome. So today we are here to help with our favourite lighting tips to make your front door a welcoming and inviting place for all!

Sizing

Often we find that clients have a tendency to undersize their outdoor lighting. We like to remind our clients that their outdoor lighting is largely being admired from the street or sidewalk. Therefore going up a size often helps these elements stand out with a bit more flair. A good rule of thumb to follow is that the front door wall light should be roughly one third of the size of the front door. From there you can go up or down to make your preferred statement!

Wattage

Lighting for your front door should provide enough illumination so that you can see and navigate your path or steps safely. However, you don’t want it so bright that your neighbours are complaining of glare through their windows! No one wants to live next to the Broadway-lit house. The wattage and colouring of your front door light will depend on the set up of your front door, proximity to neighbours, and any additional lighting you may have working in your landscape. Take a good look around and snap a quick picture before coming into the showroom so we can help you the best way possible! 

Style

The style of your outdoor lighting fixture should always compliment the style of your home. When this happens successfully, your home will always be welcoming to guests and have great curb appeal. We always recommend that our clients bring in a photo of the front of their house so we can help you choose something that reflects the charm of your house. 

If you are looking to update your outdoor lighting please feel free to contact us

Or better yet, come in for a visit to our showroom!

Ceiling Fan 101

Ceiling fans are the perfect fusion of function and style. Ceiling fans can provide refreshing air movement (and help cut those AC costs), while still illuminating your space and providing opportunity for fun style choices. However shopping for a ceiling fan can be a little overwhelming. But not to worry, we are here to help!

1) Ceiling Height

When shopping for a ceiling fan it is important to know the height of the ceiling for the room you are looking for. If you have a high ceiling (over 10’) you will likely want to shop for ceiling fans that have a down rod so you can lower the fan into the room. If you have an average ceiling height (lower than 10’) then you don’t need to shop for a fan with a down rod. 

2) Size of The Fan

The size of your ceiling fan should be proportionate to the size of your room. See below for a handy reference chart from our friends at Kendal Lighting.

Room SizeFan Size
Up to 75 sq. ft(Good for: bathrooms, breakfast nooks, utility rooms)20-36”
Up to 175 sq. ft(Good for: bedrooms, kitchens, dining rooms)42-52”
Up to 350 sq. ft(Good for: large bedrooms, family rooms, media rooms)52-60”
More than 350 sq. ft(Good for: great rooms, other large spaces)60”+

As a good rule of thumb, ensure that there is at least 24” of clearance between the edge of the blade and any surrounding wall. 

3) Air Movement

The great benefit of having a ceiling fan is the air movement. The amount of air flow is determined by the pitch of the blades. Most residential ceiling fans will be pitched between 12-16 degrees.There are also fans with higher pitches like 22 degrees for even more air movement. The greater degree of pitch will result in more air flow. 

4) Style

Of course, all lighting design choices come back to your preferred style. We want to ensure that you are creating a home to be proud of! When looking at the different finishes and colours of fans available its important to remember this good rule of thumb: a white fan on a white ceiling will blend in and allow other design choices to stand out, while a coloured fan on a white ceiling will stand out and work as a focal point in your room. 

If you are looking to add or replace your ceiling fans please feel free to contact us

Or better yet, come in for a visit to our showroom!