Lucy Dearborn of Lucia Lighting & Design advises on how to personalize spaces using innovative lighting design.
New homeowners sometimes overlook an obvious step towards creating a home that reflects their character. When developing a footprint for a new nest, understand how to integrate personal style using customized lighting.
Think of lighting like jewelry. The ideal accessory not only makes an outfit fashionable, it also makes a personal statement. Lighting is such an important part of home design. It is seen every day, so why not have some fun and infuse personality into selected pieces?
Here are a few ideas to light up your life:
Make a plan
Create a master lighting plan. Work with an expert—your “GPS” for navigating through your lighting vision. The plan will provide critical guidance for your timeline and budget. You may want to focus on function first, then fashion.
Create a signature piece
There are endless options for creating a lighting piece that reflects your personal style. You can design anything from a custom-blown glass chandelier to a table lamp topped with your favorite fabric.
Modify a family heirloom
It may be the lamp that lit up your nursery or your grandmother’s treasured dining room chandelier. Add a new lampshade or crystal jewels and jazz up a piece of your family history.
Add a splash of color
Whether adding a pop of color to wall coverings, floor decor, countertops, or a lighting pendant, homeowners are coloring their lives. You can celebrate the color trend by creating a custom piece in your favorite hue or adding color in details like switch plates or dimmers.
See the light
Thumb through magazines, visit your favorite design sites and Pinterest boards, check out your neighbors’ lights, or walk through your favorite lighting showroom. It’s even helpful to create an online vision board or make notes in a journal of ideas and inspirations.