The Do’s and Don’ts of Bathroom Lighting

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A thoughtful, expertly designed lighting plan can provide years of beauty and functionality in your bathroom setting. Bathroom lighting helps set the mood for a relaxing space to unwind, while also allowing you to complete everyday grooming tasks efficiently. Consider these “do’s and don’ts” in your new home or your next bathroom renovation.


DO Light in layers

As with any room of the home, be sure to consider task, ambient and accent lighting – but this is especially important in the bathroom. As the room where you start and end your day and complete everyday tasks, lighting is an extremely important design element. A single fixture isn’t enough – complete your design with recessed fixtures, wall sconces and vanity lighting.

DON’T Shy away from fashionable pieces

The bathroom isn’t just about function – a fashionable fixture such as a bold chandelier makes for a stunning centerpiece. Don’t shy away from fixtures that make a statement.

DO Add lighting in your shower

The desire for a layered lighting design in the bathroom has lead to a need for lighting in the shower. Wet-located, recessed fixtures – especially those that contribute to an energy efficient approach – are ideal. Progress Lighting’s P8022 series is an LED fixture classified for wet locations and designed for recessed and flush mount applications. The sleek and simple profile mirrors the bathroom design trend to incorporate simplistic, but functional, elements into the bathroom.

DON’T Choose fixtures with exposed bulbs

While this is a popular design trend, save this style for your kitchen, entryways and bedrooms. For the bathroom, you want to diffuse light through opaque lamp shades for smooth, even illumination.

DO Consider energy efficient lighting solutions

With new government regulations and increased awareness of the value of green design in home building, energy efficient lighting options are mainstream. Fixtures that beautifully conceal CFL lamps, incorporate GU24 lamp and base sockets, or feature LED sources are trending lighting solutions for the bathroom.

Easy ways to re-think your living space to create more style, more function

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Get inspired with tips from our friends at Kolter Homes on how to make the most of your living space! From the way you decorate your room to selecting multi-functional pieces, Kolter helps you re-think the decorating process and settle on solutions that are sure to inspire.

Re-thinking Vertical Space

Often times we get caught up in the physical, floor space. However, the untapped area left is vertical space. Drawing the eye up allowing the room to feel more expansive while showcasing your impeccable style, are just some reasons why vertical space is important to utilize.

  • Choose elements that create drama and depth. Mirrors and glass frames create reflections allowing other areas of your room to be highlighted and visible.
  • Hang curtains from the ceiling to allow for maximum light to enter.
  • Place decorative vases, plants, or pictures on top of tall cabinets and bookshelves to create an impression of expansiveness while showing off distinctive decorative pieces.

Re-thinking Furniture

The new trend in furniture isn’t oversized and stuffy; it’s making every piece count.  By finding items that have more than one use, you can embrace change with a stylish flair.

  • Get a table that works as both a desk and dining room table. An extra seat, small table, and secret hiding place can be found in a storage ottoman.
  • Let your creativity flow. For example, using two small round tables instead of one big coffee table creates a unique, modern feel.
  • If you have a den or guest suite in your house, finding a daybed or deep sofa that can double as a guest bed allows for more freedom and functionality.

Re-thinking Zones

Work, sleep, eat, entertain, and relax – these are all activities we do in our home. Without realizing it, our routine is set in stone with no invigorating change in sight. Simply establishing separate zones for each of those daily activities can revive and refresh us and our living space by creating a new look and feel.

  • Subtle wall and floor decorations, multiple seating areas, or a perfectly placed chair can all evoke separate “rooms” within one room.

For more great decorating and design tips, check out the Kolter Homes blog.

Transform your home office into an area you love

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

In a lifetime, the average American will spend more than 90,000 hours at work (or in today’s day and age, in their home office). With all of that time in the workplace, why not turn your office space into an area you love? As with any room, lighting can completely transform the look and feel of the environment. For offices, it’s especially important to consider sources with proper task lighting.

Spruce up your office area with these ideas on how to adequately light your space – without sacrificing style.

A linear chandelier, such as Indulge – shown above, distributes light over an expanded space making these fixtures a great fit for larger work areas.

Pendants are fun additions that can be used for any room of the home – and the office is certainly no exception. Consider a larger pendant design that gives off ample light to position over a desk, as seen with our Glass Pendant above.

Glam up your desk area with a trendy chandelier, such as our Equinox chandelier. Chandeliers can provide an unexpected decorative element.

As with any room of the home, consider a layered lighting approach that accounts for ambient, accent and task lighting. Don’t forget to pair your decorative fixtures with other sources, such as recessed lights.

Track lighting can offer a nice source of task lighting – plus a modern flair with endless options. Browse our Illuma-Flex track lighting to spark your creativity.

How do you light your home office?

Source: Viral Nova, Here’s How Much Time You Spend In Your Lifetime Doing Normal Activities.

Trend Alert: Industrial Chic

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One of the most popular trends in interior design today is what many call “industrial chic”. We asked our friends at National Builder Supply to share their expertise on how this trend is playing out in today’s most up-to-date interiors – especially as it relates to lighting. Here’s what they had to say!

Both designers and homeowners are mixing fixtures and finishes that were previously found in warehouses and on film sets with softer patterns and fabrics.  Typically, lighting and hardware provide the industrial while furniture, wall paint, and accessories bring the chic.

Investing in industrial fixtures is a safe bet as their classic designs are always in style, no matter what is trending in home décor. Progress Lighting manufactures many industrial-style light fixtures. Read below to learn about some of the most popular industrial-style fixtures on the market.

Progress Lighting Brookside Wall-Mounted Lanterns

The Brookside outdoor wall-mounted lanterns are reminiscent of lighting found over barn doors and mount along ocean docks. Today’s homeowners use these lanterns above their front and back doors, along the side of their sheds and pool houses, and beside their garages (as the photo above demonstrates). Choose from Copper, Gilded Iron, or Antique Nickel.

Progress Lighting Brookside Pendant Lights

Much like the outdoor wall-mounted lanterns from the Brookside collection, these pendant lights were inspired by vintage barn lights. Both the full-size pendants and the mini-pendants would look fantastic over a kitchen island or a dining room table. Or get creative and hang two mini-pendants on either side of a bathroom vanity mirror to add industrial-style throughout the home.

Progress Lighting Fresnel Pendant Lights

Inspired by the heavy-duty fixtures used to light Hollywood movie sets, the pendant lights of the Fresnel collection add weight to a room. Available in Brushed Nickel and Oil Rubbed Bronze, you can match your pendant lights to your kitchen appliances and hardware. Hang above your kitchen island or office desk.

Progress Lighting One-Light Pendants

Simple, sweet, and industrial chic! That’s how we describe the classic one-light pendant fixtures. Similar to those lights commonly seen in offices and barns in the 1940s and 1950s, these classic lights will never go out of style. Available in several finishes including White, Venetian bronze, and Dark Green, one-light pendants look fantastic over the kitchen table.

Do you use industrial chic designs in your home?

About the Author:

Rachael Nichol is the social media manager and blogger for National Builder Supply, an online wholesaler of plumbing and lighting. She enjoys sharing the latest design trends and products with homeowners and housing professionals on the National Builder Supply blog. When she’s not blogging or on social media, Rachael can be found renovating her 1920s Atlanta condo.

Top Pins of the Week: An elegant space, luxurious retreat and pumpkin perfection…

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Calling all Pinterest fans! Our followers have had a lot of fun this week re-pinning inspiring home decor, their favorite spaces and fall ideas from our boards. Here are some of this week’s top pins.

Which is your favorite?

Did you know we have a joint board with our partners Toll Brothers? Browse luxurious homes filled with glamorous lighting solutions. This dining room gives you a glimpse of the gorgeous spaces on this board!

pin tied to our Exterior High Performance Lighting Guide for the Home blog post is a popular article circulating among our Pinterest fans. Read the article here.

Toll Brothers scores again on our top pins of the week with this master bedroom, fit for a queen! What do you love most about this space?

With pumpkin season in full swing, it’s no wonder this inspiring image is a fan favorite – talk about a welcoming entrance! Find more fall ideas on our seasonal board.

And don’t forget to follow as on Pinterest. Stay inspired!

4 kitchen cabinet trends – and lighting to match

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

Just like the latest fashion fads, home decor trends come and go. Plan your kitchen remodel with cabinet designs that account for a updated – yet timeless – style. Plus, enjoy a look at lighting styles that best pair with today’s most popular cabinet choices.

Light, bright and white

White or off-white cabinets contribute to a country chic atmosphere with an element of simplicity and brightness. The white kitchen has been around for decades, and is not going out of style anytime soon.

Lighting Tip: Pair white cabinets with Brushed Nickel or Polished Nickel fixtures for a bright and modern appeal. Or, for a bolder look, a dark finish such as a rich Oil Rubbed Bronze provides striking contrast.

Efficient and task-oriented

Today’s multi-functional kitchens are well equipped with efficient storage options. Pull out trays, breadboxes and narrow spaces are designed to enhance the functionality of your cabinetry.

Lighting Tip: Enhance efficiency with under cabinet lighting to assist you in completing tasks such as chopping vegetables, preparing meals or reading recipes.

See-through style

Another popular trend for kitchen cabinets is to outfit the front of cabinets with clear glass. See-through cabinets offer a light and airy look, as well as endless design possibilities. Display your favorite dishes, or dress up the back of your cabinets with a bright accent color or pattern.

Lighting Tip: Mimic the look of your peek-a-boo glass cabinets with clear glass fixtures with exposed bulbs – a popular look for today’s interiors.

Embellished to perfection

Today’s most interesting cabinet styles mimic the designs of adorned furniture – complete with moldings and cutouts – that contribute to a sophisticated, yet stylish, disply.

Lighting Tip: For cabinetry that is heavily embellished, pair with simple lighting choices that accent – rather than overcomplicate – the cabinetry design.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens, Top 10 Kitchen Cabinetry Trends

Shopping for lighting with Ferguson: Keeping up with the trends – Part 3 of 3

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Lighting can play a key role in the perceived value of your home. When shopping for lighting, it’s important to consider popular home decor trends, while also accounting for your unique personal style. Today, as we wrap up our series with Ferguson, we unpack the top trends in lighting, with a special look at the fast-moving transition to LED sources.

What is your advice for shopping the trends, while also taking into consideration style choices that will last for years to come?

Trends always come and go. Lighting is no different than furniture or even clothing trends. A style that was popular 20 years ago may cycle back around into today’s design. Light fixtures with Edison bulbs are popular right now. Modern and contemporary fixtures are gaining popularity due to the advancement of LED. Fixtures are smaller with very clean lines because LEDs occupy minimal space but still provide an exceptional quality of light. Some other trends include:

  • The Progress Lighting Dance collection displays an imaginative design, complete with dancing glass beads and polished stones.

    Gold is back – the resurgence of metallic tones to add aesthetic warmth

  • LED  revolution – from light performance to conveying emotion, technological varieties provide wider breath of uses and unique applications
  • Imaginative shapes – moving from functional to fanciful designs for illumination

As LEDs continue to grow in popularity, where is the technology today compared to 5 and 10 years ago?

There has been “Light Years” of change in LED lamp and fixture technology over the last few years! The quality and appearance of the LED replacement lamp has gone from non-acceptable by the consumer to one that looks very much like a standard incandescent light bulb. When LED replacement light bulbs first came on the market, they cost as much as $30.00 compared to about $10.00 in many retail stores now. As the technology and availability improves, the cost goes down dramatically. In 2010 the percentage of LED lighting used in residential applications was only about 6%. It is estimated by 2016 it will be 49% and by 2020 71%.

LED today is smaller and the components required to use LEDs in decorative fixtures, such as the driver or transformer and the heat-sink for cooling the LED, are shrinking so that fixtures can be designed to use them in a more fashionable manner.

The quality of the light has become similar to standard incandescent light instead of the blue tones initially marketed. This has made it more appealing to the designer and homeowner that prefers the warmer look of an incandescent light.

Lighting Manager Bernadette Campbell participated in our “Shopping for Lighting” Q+A on behalf of Ferguson. If you missed our previous “Shopping for Lighting” features, check out our previous articles on the most important things to consider before shopping, and how to prepare for a successful lighting remodel. Thanks for following along this week!

Shopping for lighting with Ferguson: How to set yourself up for a successful remodel – Part 2 of 3

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Yesterday, we launched our series on “Shopping for Lighting” with input from Ferguson Lighting Manager Bernadette Campbell. If you haven’t had a chance to tune in, we suggest you start with our first post, which offers advice on the most important things to consider before you start shopping for lighting.

As we continue our series, we take a closer look at how to set yourself up for success in creating a lasting lighting design. Today, Bernadette shares important preparation tips for establishing the overall vision for your home.

What should you do to be prepared, before you start shopping for lighting? Is there anything you should bring with you to the store? (i.e. measurements, color swatches, etc.)

Image featuring the Progress Lighting Equinox family

  • Define your style. Bring along magazine photographs, color swatches, paint chips, rug patterns, Houzz Ideabooks or anything else that reflects your vision.
  • Bring all measurements.
  • Consider the functional and decorative purpose of each light source.
  • Think about what you’ll be doing in the room and how lighting will be used. For instance, the lighting needs of a family room where the only function is watching television are different from a room where you may be reading or working on a computer.
  • Schedule an appointment with one of Ferguson’s professional associates. While we welcome you to browse, to receive the full customer service experience, an appointment is recommended.
  • Define the style of your room – is it modern, transitional or traditional? This will help pick a style of light that coordinates with the design of the room and existing finishes.
  • If you are replacing a product or two, or don’t require an expert consultation for your purchase, you can shop online at shop.ferguson.com.

Do you have any tips on how to select fixtures that match your distinct decorating style?

What is best for the client generally comes down to their personal taste and specific requirements. It’s our job to ask the correct questions so the fixture of their choice can be sized properly for the space.

How does installation fit into your lighting purchasing decision?

While the look of a light may fit perfectly into your design, it must first fit your home wiring/electrical capabilities and state regulatory codes. Two things to consider:

  • Purchasing materials online without a consultation – Many customers think they can purchase a product online to save money; however, additional parts are often needed or the parts they receive are defective. In the end, they may spend more money and time correcting problems.
  • Using a professional installer – Many times the warranty of a product is extended when a licensed professional completes the installation.

Join us tomorrow as we take a look at this year’s top lighting design trends in our final post with Ferguson.

Shopping for lighting with Ferguson: The most important things to consider (before you even start) – Part 1 of 3

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We’re excited to kick off a new series with our partners at Ferguson that sheds light on all you need to know when shopping and purchasing light fixtures for a new home, remodel or renovation. Today, Bernadette Campbell, Ferguson East Regional Lighting Manager, shares how to select fixtures you love, while taking into account your overall design plan. Plus, keep reading to learn room-specific lighting guidelines.

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What are the most important things to consider when shopping for fixtures to light your home?

Lighting adds a beautiful finishing touch to a room, much like a vintage broach or special piece of jewelry completes the look of an outfit. Selection of lighting is an important part of the overall design plan and should not be overlooked. Lighting can also add value and security to the entire property.

When shopping for lighting fixtures, key points to remember are:

  • the location of the fixture
  • the amount of light needed by people using the room
  • aesthetics
  • quality
  • cost

How do you account for both decorative and functional lighting?

We recommend a method called “TADA” lighting: task, accent, decorative and ambient lighting. This combination of layers of light allow the proper illumination for the many different events that take place in every room.

Do you have any room-specific lighting guidelines? For example, what are the most important factors to consider for lighting your kitchen, bath, dining room, etc.?

Kitchen. The kitchen is the heart of the home. Utilizing today’s emphasis on LED, under cabinet lighting is a must for tasks. Recessed lighting provides excellent ambient lighting. Add decorative and accent lighting with personal design elements such as pendants and chandeliers.

Living Room. Living rooms are quiet, comfortable areas for relaxation and conversation. The room should be illuminated with ambient lighting and accent lighting.

Dining Room. The lighting in a dining room tends to be more formal. Many homeowners choose a chandelier, but the days of the standard polished brass chandeliers are long gone. There are an abundance of styles and designs available; and when paint colors are subtle and there are no busy patterns on rugs or other decorations, a decorative chandelier can add an exciting focal point.

Bathroom. Correct lighting is essential for the bathroom. Ambient lighting sets the stage to add task or accent lighting. Vertical fixtures or sconces mounted on either side of the mirror are best for makeup and shaving. Position sconces to shed equal light on both sides of the face, and 3 to 4 feet apart on the wall. Bathroom fixtures should have translucent shades to diffuse light, and frosted bulbs to cut glare.

Stay tuned for our next post in which Bernadette addresses some practical steps you can take to be prepared to shop for lighting for your next home remodel. Thanks for stopping by!

5 essentials for illuminating with pendants

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

Progress Lighting’s popular Fresnel pendants were recently featured on Residential Building Magazine’s list of “10 Awesome Pendants That Will Class Up Your Interiors.” We were honored to be a part of the round-up.

Image featuring Progress Lighting's Fresnel pendants

In addition to the list of “awesome pendants,” editor Nigel Maynard also included some practical tips to keep in mind when selecting and positioning pendants in your home. While grouped pendants are a popular design trend, be sure to follow these 5 rules to ensure a beautiful display that will last for years to come.

When planning your lighting design:

  • Identify the activities that occur in each room (reading, food preparation, hobby work, grooming, laundry, homework, etc.) to determine the amount of light needed to complete everyday tasks.
  • Consider the mood or ambience that you want to create, or decorative elements you would like to accentuate, when determining your style of pendants.
  • Keep in mind that dark colors absorb much light, and therefore it is necessary to provide supplementary light in spaces with dark wall colors and finishes.
  • When remodeling, be sure to note the extent of the remodeling and identify the existing electrical locations.
  • Also, identify which areas will serve more than a single purpose, as these spaces require more than one type of lighting.

To view the full article, click here.