It’s easy to fall madly in love with vintage light fittings but incorporating them into a home isn’t always so simple. Right off of the bat, it’s important to consider the fittings’ shape, color, size and scale. There are also decisions to be made in regards to placement height and illumination strength. So how is anyone supposed to wade through all of those options alone and come up with an excellent choice? We’ve got the perfect answer. Don’t go it alone and keep the following rules of thumb in mind:
1.) Vintage light fittings are typically designed to perform one of four main functions. They are to provide task lighting, decorative elements, ambiance and accents to a room. That said, don’t expect one vintage lamp to do it all. Instead, mix and match the fixtures to compliment the various areas in your home. For example, put pendant lights over a kitchen island and table lamps on end tables that are positioned near living room furniture groupings.
2.) Speaking of kitchen islands, most students of interior design recommend keeping vintage fixtures artfully suspended 30-inches above any tables, countertops, chairs or furniture that may be placed underneath of them. That’s typically done to reduce unwanted shadows and glare as well as provide adequate head clearance. Consequently, look for vintage lighting that will allow you to stay within those parameters.
3.) Finally, if you find a vintage light fitting that you absolutely can’t do without but it’s too bright for a given space, don’t worry. It may be possible to have a professional electrician install a dimmer switch or add a diffuser to help you achieve the lighting goals you’re hoping to achieve in that particular area. In addition, they may be able to add features that allow the vintage lights to be raised or lowered at will (e.g. retractable pendant cords). That could help alter the amount of glare and shadows in a room too.
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