Lighting by Room: A Virtual Tour from Beazer Homes

Posted by kbanks & filed under Interior Design, Kitchen Lighting, Lighting, Lighting Trends.

There are numerous design elements to absorb when touring a model home. Light fixtures contribute to both the style and function of a new home.

Our friends at Beazer Homes have offered to take us on a virtual tour of their Camden Plan in the Alpharetta, GA 321 Vaughan community. Get an enlightening behind-the-scenes look at Beazer’s model for some helpful lighting tips, design ideas and stunning fixtures.

The Feeling of a Grand Entrance

For vertically oriented spaces, like this three-story 2,643 square foot townhome, a wide open entry hall is not always physically feasible.  However, the stylish Crestwood three-light hall and foyer fixture in Antique Bronze establishes the elegant feel of the space and draws the visitor’s eye up as they walk into the coffered ceiling living room.

Design Tip: Using an entry fixture that echoes elements of your exterior lights helps ensure a seamless transition from outdoors to inside.  At this model home the traditional style of the textured black coach lights (P5863-31) used on the front porch blend nicely with the bronze foyer fixture.

Artful Dining

From the living area, the natural flow of foot traffic leads visitors into the home’s dining room.  Because the space is open to the main living area and the townhome’s kitchen, the Beazer designers elected an elegant and playful chandelier, Equinox hanging fixture (P3889-20), in Antique Bronze that pairs nicely with the rustic hues of the hardwood floors, stair treads, and banister leading to the second floor bed and bathrooms.

Light Cooking

Through the cased opening in the dining room visitors are beckoned by the flood of natural light coming through the bank of double hung windows on the back of the home.  Once in the space, the gleaming set of Fresnel Brushed Nickel pendants (P5188-09) hanging over the large kitchen island catch your eye.  Though the color scheme of the space is neutral, your eyes are anything but bored with the layered lighting design and whimsical textile patterns in the area rug and drapery.
Fresnel pendants in Beazer Homes Camden plan
Design Tip: Pendants don’t just look pretty they also offer task lighting to make food prep and washing dishes easier and safer for this home’s residents.  Make sure there is ample light in the space where you’ll be cutting and chopping foods in your kitchen.

Bathed in Cool Colors

The Camden plan’s master bathroom design is consistent with the sleek metallic finishes and fixtures throughout the rest of the home.  Large frosted glass windows filter pure white light that reflects off of the room’s tub, shower and white cabinets.  For the times when natural light isn’t available, the room’s recessed can lights and Trinity three light fixtures in Polished Chrome (P3192) above both sinks provide the perfect ambiance.

While every homeowner’s lighting needs vary, a thoughtful lighting design speaks to the home’s architectural style while improving livability within the space.  You can tour more Beazer homes by finding a Beazer community or searching through their online galleries. You can also connect with Beazer on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for more new home inspiration.

Your pictures, our fixtures: 6 inspiring, gram-worthy interiors

Posted by kbanks & filed under Interior Design, Lighting Trends, Social Media.

We love how Instagram has transformed into a platform full of design inspiration. In honor of surpassing 500 followers on the platform this month, we scoured Instagram for our favorite images featuring our lighting – and we think you’ll be inspired by what we found.

Do you use Instagram to learn residential trends, home design tips or project ideas? Don’t forget to check us out at www.instagram.com/progressltg or @progressltg. And if you tag your gram-worthy spaces with #progresslighting – your may just end up on our next round up of “your pictures, our fixtures.”

We're swooning over this bar area included in Toll Brothers' "Best of Toll" feature this week, featuring our glass pendants

We're swooning over this bar area included in Toll Brothers' "Best of Toll" feature this week, showcasing our glass pendants. Instagram account to follow: @TollBrothers

Porch.com is all about helping you reach your home improvement goals, and their Instagram page is a great place to start. What a bright and beautiful kitchen (featuring our Equinox pendant). Follow @PorchDotCom!

Porch.com is all about helping you reach your home improvement goals, and their Instagram page is a great place to start. What a bright and beautiful kitchen (featuring our Equinox pendant). Follow @PorchDotCom!

Dining setting from @paradecraze featuring Progress Lighting Santiago chandelier

If you're looking to stay up to date on the latest residential design trends, follow @paradecraze for a constant stream of inspired interiors. Loving this dining setting featuring our Santiago chandelier.

If you're privy to coastal decorating, you'll fall in love with the Coastal Virginia Idea House by Stephen Alexander Homes. I mean, just look at this kitchen island?!

If you're privy to coastal decorating, you'll fall in love with the Coastal Virginia Idea House by Stephen Alexander Homes. I mean, just look at this kitchen island?! Instagram account to follow: @StephenAlexanderHomes

Studio Thomas gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the design process from start to finish. Here's one of the "finished" grams - a stunning kitchen displaying our Bay Court pendants!

Studio Thomas gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the design process from start to finish. Here's one of the "finished" grams - a stunning kitchen displaying our Bay Court pendants! Instagram account to follow: @studiothomas

Lux.Home.Decor may be new to the Instagram scene, but the level of home inspiration is anything but amateur. Loving this grand living room adorned with our Ashbury chandelier. Instagram account to follow: @lux.home.decor

Lux.Home.Decor may be new to the Instagram scene, but the level of home inspiration is anything but amateur. Loving this grand living room adorned with our Ashbury chandelier. Instagram account to follow: @lux.home.decor

3 new ways to use tape lighting

Posted by kbanks & filed under LEDs, Lighting, remodeling.

Tape and strip lights bring design flexibility, efficiency and beauty to your home lighting plan. Designed with LED sources, strip lights offer optimum efficiency to meet your green design goals. Read on to learn 3 new ways you can incorporate the versatile tape light to enhance your home’s functionality and beauty.

Use LED tape lighting:

1. To illuminate counter workspaces: The cuttable strip also allows you to position lights to perfectly fit your space. Create smooth, seamless illumination above counter areas to help you complete everyday tasks such as reading recipes, chopping ingredients or doing homework.

Image courtesy of Southern Studio Interior Design

Image courtesy of Southern Studio Interior Design

2. To enhance safety in home walking areas: LED strip lights can also be placed under cabinets, just a few inches above the floor to better illuminate paths. This is a great application for aging-in-place design because as we age, it gets more difficult to distinguish walkways and obstacles due to changes in vision.

3. To add drama with cove lighting: Complete with 3M adhesive backing and mounting clips, tape light installation is easier than ever – making it an ideal application for those hard to reach spaces. Easily customizable to fit unique spaces, tape lights work well to provide dramatic cove lighting to enhance the interior architectural beauty of your home.

Quick and Easy Bedroom Makeovers

Posted by kbanks & filed under Bedroom Lighting, Interior Design, Lighting, remodeling.

Dreaming of a gorgeous bedroom? We know how you feel. All too often, living rooms and kitchens take priority when it comes to decorating, and bedrooms can wind up in a perpetual state of blah. Check out these simple ideas for giving your sleep space an upgrade in no time at all.

Paint

A dark color on the walls can bring a bold look to your master bedroom

Image featuring Progress Lighting's Ashbury chandelier

Don’t be afraid to go bold and paint your bedroom a darker color. A survey conducted by Travelodge found that people who sleep in blue rooms tend to get the best night’s sleep, so there’s an idea. If you don’t want to commit to a whole room, just paint an accent wall.

Set up great lighting

Image courtesy of Miller and Smith Homes. Photography by Jim Kirby Photography featuring Progress Lighting Ashbury chandelier.

Image courtesy of Miller and Smith Homes. Photography by Jim Kirby Photography.

If feeling relaxed and refreshed is the priority for your bedroom, consider a layered lighting design. As a rule of thumb, you should have a minimum of three sources of light, which can be as easy as having a lamp on either side of your bed, in addition to a beautiful ceiling light fixture that furthers the design of your space. Consider installing a dimmer switch to control the mood of your room.

Hang curtains

Hang curtains with space above the windows to make your bedroom appear larger.

Image featuring Progress Lighting Brookside wall sconces.

Don’t underestimate the impact of curtains. They can add texture, color, and warmth to a bedroom, often bringing the whole room together. Try hanging them higher (5 to 7 inches) and wider than the window to make the window appear larger and take the eye higher – maker the room feel bigger.

Upgrade your linens

High-quality linens are an instant upgrade. After all, life’s too short to sleep on scratchy sheets. Splurge on high thread count sheets — you’ll be glad you did the next morning.

Deck the walls

Deck the walls with favorite works of art and photos to enliven your master bedroom.

Image featuring Progress Lighting's Equinox pendant.

Wake up each morning to art and decorations that’ll make you happy. If you’re the type who likes to switch it up every so often, or if you’re afraid of putting too many nail holes in the wall, install picture ledges.

Article contributed by Kristin Hillery. Kristin writes for Modernize.com, a website with a mission to connect contractors of all specialties to homeowners looking for home improvement services

Trend Talk: 3 trends in 3 minutes

Posted by kbanks & filed under Interior Design, Lighting, Lighting Trends, lighting controls, renovations.

If you’ve been following along with our Trend Talk Tuesday series – you know that we’ve had the privilege to learn from Christy Scanlon, president of Masterpiece Design Group on the top trends affecting today’s residential spaces. First time tuning in? Here’s a recap of our previous discussions on hot colors, kitchen must-haves and bathroom favorites.

Today, we wrap up the series with 3 trends in 3 minutes. Enjoy!

Image courtesy of Masterpiece Design Group. Photography by Studio KW. Featuring Progress Lighting Ashbury chandelier.

1. Lighter Finishes: According to Christy, dark, heavy beams and stained trim work are being traded for driftwood, honey-toned and limed oak woods. Bleached wood stains for flooring are making a striking comeback, while white and buttermilk cabinets complemented by white appliances are hitting the kitchen scene.

Image Courtesy of Masterpiece Design Group. Photography by Studio KW. Featuring Progress Lighting Equinox chandelier.

2. Mid-Century Design: A wave of nostalgia has swept over consumers as homes nod back to “simpler times.” Mid-century style means clean simplicity and integration with nature. Curves or geometric shapes are replacing busy, ornamental details.

Image courtesy of Masterpiece Design Group. Photography by Studio KW. Featuring Progress Lighting Inspire pendants.

3. Technology Advancements: Technology infuses every aspect of our daily lives – and the home is no exception. Tech hubs for officing and communication are growing in popularity. Architects and builders must incorporate the necessary apparatus and wiring to accommodate these changes, while designers must create spaces that aesthetically integrate and enhance technology.

What trends are you noticing in today’s residential interiors?

Progress Lighting named Ryland Homes Manufacturer of the Year, among other honors

Posted by kbanks & filed under Progress Lighting, Public Relations, awards.

Progress Lighting was recently recognized for our commitment to excellent service, high-quality product and charitable giving initiatives through valued partnerships in the Houston area.

Special awards from our partners in the Houston area

Ryland Homes Manufacturer of the Year: Progress Lighting was named the 2014 Manufacturer of the Year by the Ryland Homes’ Houston division for our excellence in the homebuilding industry. Ryland Homes is a valued partner and we were humbled to receive such a high form of recognition from their Texas team.

Texas Sentinel Foundation Award: Additionally, we were recognized for our continual commitment to Wounded Warriors through the Texas Sentinel Foundation. We are dedicated to extending a helping hand to the real heroes of our country who sacrifice for our freedom.

Thank You from HomeAid Houston: We were pleased to have the opportunity to collaborate with the Houston Home Builders’ Association and assist great charities like HomeAid Houston – a non-profit committed to rebuilding homes for families, children and veterans in need in the Houston area.

A big thank you to our friends in Texas for these special honors – we enjoy working with all of you and look forward to continuing the partnership in the future!

Trend Talk: In the Bathroom

Posted by kbanks & filed under Bathroom Lighting, Interior Design, Lighting Trends, remodeling.

In last week’s Trend Talk we unpacked the top kitchen trends affecting the home design industry. It only seemed fair to give some love to your bath areas this week – since these two rooms are the top remodel areas for 2015. Here’s what you can expect to be the “hot items” in the bathroom over the next year. What features do you love the most?

Artistic Sinks: Your traditional, purely functional sink has evolved to be a stunning work of art! Glass and hand-made vessels with wall-mounted plumbing fixtures are a popular pair this year.

Image courtesy of Masterpiece Design Group

Image courtesy of Masterpiece Design Group

Spa-Shower Experience: Living in such a fast-paced, on-the-go culture – people are craving the ultimate luxury experience from their master bathrooms. Just think: in-home sauna, steam room, linear shower drains and master bath fireplaces. Customize your environment by including layered lighting (and don’t forget the dimmers!).

Floating Vanity Cabinets: The floating vanity style is right on-trend – made complete by LED under cabinet lighting or directional lighting.

A big thanks to Masterpiece Design Group for their insight in identifying these three sought-after bath trends. Stay tuned as we continue our Tuesday Trend Talk series next week on the blog.

Free Webinar: 3 Tips to Maximize Your Exposure on Houzz

Posted by kbanks & filed under Social Media, special events.

Interior designers, homebuilders and other industry professionals are all using Houzz, the world’s leading platform for home renovation and design, to market their business.

If you are unfamiliar with Houzz – or if you want to learn more on using it to market your business – we invite you to join us for a FREE webinar presented by the Progress Lighting and Houzz teams on Tuesday, March 3, at 2 p.m. EST. Register here.

During this webinar, you’ll learn how to effectively showcase your work in front of the 25 million users on Houzz, including:

  • How to build an online presence, as well as best practices for engaging with a vibrant online community of homeowners, design enthusiasts and home industry professionals.
  • How online activities generate new business.
  • How to categorize photos to tell your brand’s story in the world’s largest residential design database.

We hope you will register and join us for this free, informative event that can help you connect with your customers.

Trend Talk: In the Kitchen

Posted by kbanks & filed under Interior Design, Kitchen Lighting, Lighting Trends, remodeling.

We’re back with Trend Talk Tuesdays, and today we’re taking a closer look at trends influencing the heart of your home: the kitchen. Get the skinny on the looks, finishes and designs that will make up this year’s most on-trend kitchens.

One-level workstations: Say good-bye to your high-low islands with a bar and counter at separate heights. A reason for this trend is the increasing popularity of the double island.

Image courtesy of Masterpiece Design Group

Image courtesy of Masterpiece Design Group

Double sinks: With multiple islands, we are also noticing a trend towards double sinks. Typically, the second sink is used for meal preparation, located in the secondary island.

Statement light fixtures: Large, eye-catching light fixtures, especially above the entertainment island, are also popular for kitchens this year.

Image courtesy of Masterpiece Design Group, featuring Progress Lighting Caress Pendants. Photography by StudioKW.

Image courtesy of Masterpiece Design Group, featuring Progress Lighting Caress Pendants. Photography by StudioKW.

White appliances: White is becoming more popular than stainless steel when it comes to kitchen appliances. The Whirlpool White Ice collection is an example of this.

Oversized island seating: Formal dining areas are being replaced with extended island seating for the whole family.

What elements are you planning for your kitchen remodel or new home?

Insight and images, courtesy of Masterpiece Design Group.

Back to Basics: Creating a lighting plan for your home

Posted by kbanks & filed under Interior Design, Lighting, lighting designs, renovations.

Lighting greatly affects the mood, aesthetics and functionality of your living spaces. Your lighting layout should never be an afterthought or haphazard decision. This is true whether you are remodeling your current home or building a new one. Lighting design is all about creating a plan. Consider these steps when developing the perfect home lighting plan:

1. Supply light where you need it. Consider the purpose of the room and place lights in areas that you will be using regularly.

2. Light your space in the right quantity and the right quality. The height of the ceilings, size of the room and tasks performed all affect the amount of lumens needed in a particular room.

3. Confirm that the lighting design meets the needs of the client. If this is not your own home, be sure to consider the age and special needs of the home’s inhabitants.

4. Select lights that define the form of the space. Your lighting should help further the design and style of your space, not hinder it. Lighting can serve as a beautiful focal point or aesthetic piece in residential applications.

5. Identify what each area will be used for, and how lighting will affect those activities.