Lighting shopping is a particularly tortuous form of the sport of shopping. You spend your time craning your head backwards to see up into the glare of all the overhead displays. It’s hard on the neck, the back, and the eyes — how do you NOT get a headache after a few hours? Don’t get me wrong — I love lighting! Light fixtures and lamps are sculptures that have a function, and you can’t help but notice them, so they need to look great. I just prefer to shop for it online, which is what I generally do for my clients. In fact, I only venture into a lighting store when I can’t get what I need from my regular suppliers’ websites, or if I need technical advice. Such was the case with our own lighting. So, after Colin researched the LED’s and I looked up decorative fixtures, we headed out to our local Living Lighting store to finalize our selections and place an order.
I have used Living Lighting mainly for replacement shades and specialty lightbulbs until now, but I liked the staff at my Richmond Hill location. When I couldn’t find the fixtures I wanted through my regular suppliers, I will admit to stopping by a larger and more ‘design’ focused retailer, only to be disappointed with the selection and the service. So, I scanned the Living Lighting website, liked what I saw, and decided to work with them for our reno purchases. The added bonus is that Living Lighting tends to carry brands with a broad range of price points, so I knew we could stay on budget and get great ‘bang for the buck’. You hear a lot of talk about the ‘High-Low’ mix in design. It’s a tricky balance to master, but one that I’ve always believed in. After all, I’ve spent 20 years working to upgrade the decor of modest homes, by combining high quality on the ‘wear and tear’ items with lower price points on the purely decorative items. I hope you will agree that we’ve successfully worked some high-low’ into our design with our lighting selections. Without further ado, here’s a rundown on what we ended up with:
You may have noticed that none of our fixtures are silver. While this might be the obvious choice in a gray kitchen with stainless steel appliances, I wanted contrast and warmth. The railing in our front hall will be bronze, so bronze lighting made sense out there, and since that’s visible from the kitchen, I decided to pull the bronze into the kitchen, too. The dining room fixture is a pale gold finish, with linen shade, for contrast with all the wood furnishings, and the black fireplace that will be stretched across the dining room wall. It will beautifully echo the lighter colour of the new flooring, as well.
In addition to all the ‘prettiness’, above, we were also able to finalize our LED puck lights and undercabinet lighting from Alico. The Living Lighting store manager seemed thrilled that someone was buying what he called ‘the good stuff’, and connected it all to be sure we were buying the right amount of transformers, etc, without buying too many. Try getting that from an online ‘store’!