Nashville House & Home & Garden™

SEP-OCT 2018

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R eporting that customers are choosing to mix fin- ishes and styles in inte- rior lighting fixtures is Kelly Oakley of ReFresh Home. "You definitely see a good mix of pendants and chandeliers," she says. "People aren't afraid to stop out of 'the rules.' If a pendant is more size appropri- ate homeowners are open to that. Or using two pendants instead of one chandelier." Oakley says recessed light- ing isn't going to disappear. "We almost always use both recessed lighting with other fixtures. The in-ceiling lighting carries out most of the lighting function, which leaves the homeowner open to choose a chandelier or pendant that fits their design style." Commenting that for an in- dustry that saw little change in over 100 years, the innova- tions today are happening every three to six months is Brad Dobson of Hermitage Lighting Gallery. "Lighting con- trol has also changed, bringing sophisticated dimming, timing, and more to every home." Saying that lighting style is a tricky topic for her, Oakley re- ports that her design firm tries to never lock a design into a specific "style." "There's no need to be boxed in," she says. "The best homes combine farmhouse, industrial, contem- porary, traditional—every- thing—but in a flowing, cohesive way. "We mix up a lot of beaded, feminine contemporary fix- tures with other chandeliers that are more industrial with a blend of metals and woods. Our clients in middle Ten- nessee lean toward farmhouse elements, but more and more we're finding they are open to something new and fun." T he experts are all in favor of layered lighting, which gen- erally includes recessed light- ing and chandeliers. " We like to use can lights for function," says Oakley, "since a lot of our favorite chandeliers unfortunately don't always provide much light." Bill Patterson of The Lamp Gallery agrees that recessed lighting has improved lighting in the home, and reports that an 'average' size room needs three or four lamps spaced evenly throughout the room for proper lighting. "Reading lamps can be a part of the plan, while accent or smaller lamps can enhance a room's appearance and add light to balance the space. Taller floor lamps and taller table lamps are in greater demand today due in part to taller ceilings." "Layered lighting is one of the most important aspects of lighting," says Dobson. "Edu- cating homeowners is equally important so that the end re- sult is such that they love the lighting experience in their homes." Agreeing that recessed light- ing continues to grow in popu- larity, Dobson adds that pendants have become larger in scale but tend to be clean, open, and airy, as opposed to something visually heavy. Reporting that clients are drawn to lighting as they are to jewelry, Deborah Hayden of DC 7 Designs says, "They want something that feels right for the space and reflects their taste. Lighting needs are para- mount, so I look for fixtures that serve the homeowner's needs in a beautiful way." Re- cessed lights are being placed more deliberately and pendant and chandelier lighting are be- ginning to merge in terms of looks and function, she says. G R E AT E R N A S H V I L L E H O U S E & H O M E & G A R D E N ™ 54 Image at le courtesy Crystorama and and Ferguson Kitchen, Bath & Lighng. interior lighting

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