Proper lighting in a workspace has been proven to have a significant effect on productivity. So whether you work from home, take your work home with you, or have passion projects you like to spend quality time on, a well-lit home office is essential. We’ll show you how to make the most of your workspace […]
Lighting is an area that many homeowners and businesses tend to overlook when renovating or decorating a room. Yet, with the addition of beautiful indoor ceiling lights or outdoor wall sconces, you can instantly bring more charm and appeal to any location. Available to meet your specific needs, custom made light fixtures allow you to choose a size, style, and design that accents your chosen décor.
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When you think of warm weather, you start dreaming of beaches. The fresh ocean breezes, hot sand in between your toes, and cool waters invoke evoke feelings of relaxation and comfort. It’s no wonder why people want to incorporate those feelings into their home. You don’t have to live by the sea to have a coastal-styled home. Whether you live in an apartment in the city or a house in the suburbs, you can bring the coastal style feel to wherever you reside with these basic lighting tips:
Let There Be White
The key to coastal style is to keep it simple. The style is light and airy, features natural materials, and praises crisp clean lines. Coastal interiors use a calming palette with lots of white and light neutral colors that, unlike bold colors, lack drama. White is the predominant color in coastal design because it reflects and spreads light rather than absorbing it, making it feel spacious and fresh inside. The coastal style aims to make the indoors feel uncluttered and bright as if you are outside on the beach. If an all-white palette seems monotonous and one-dimensional to you, play it up with layers of off-white colors like a cream or beige. These off-white Contemporary Cylinder Ceramic Sconces will fit right in with your coastal interiors with its crisp lines and simplistic design. If you are lucky enough to have your home near the water, ceramic light fixtures are the perfect choice because they can withstand salty air.
Add Splashes of Ocean and Sky Hues
Does that mean you can’t have bright colors in your beach interiors? Nope! Bring the ocean right to your home with some unexpected splashes of oceanic blues and sea greens. Fabby Lighting features 40 earth-inspired blue, neutral and green hues which echo the tones of the sky, sand and sea. One of our favorite Fabby colors is Honorable Blue which calls to mind the essence of the ocean and sky. Pair the color up with a playful Marlin wall sconce. If you already have a favorite beachy color, you can also paint any of our ceramic light fixtures with any basic latex paint. Just make sure to stay consistent. Using too many color schemes will create too many personalities and cause clutter.
Lighten Up With Beach Accents
A few well-chosen beach accents can evoke the sense of the coast. Add a dramatic Seashell Themed Sconces to your living room or fun and whimsical Beta Fish and Bubbles Cylindrical Sconces in your bathroom. Don’t overdo the nautical décor; the coastal lifestyle is comfortable, relaxing, and unfussy so you will want your coastal style to reflect that. Use just enough coastal accents to lighten up the home, but don’t overkill it with a home full of beach-themed décor.
It’s impossible not to love the understated charm of the coastal style. The white open space, shades of oceanic blue, and hints of fun seaside accents bring back those sweet summer memories of the ocean. Visit www.Fabby.com to shop our extensive collection of lighting that’s perfect.
Pendant light fixtures are truly universal because they are easy to install and can be used virtually anywhere. They come in various shapes and sizes, but you know them by their one similarity: They hang like a pendant from the ceiling. The kitchen is a common place to hang pendant lights, especially over the kitchen island or for use as modern lighting by hanging them over the kitchen table. How many lights should hang over a kitchen island? Take a look at this guide to help you decide how many to purchase.
The number of island pendants that one kitchen should have is wholly dependent on the size of your kitchen island. There is no set rule for island sizes, but generally the smaller start at 24″ x 48″, while some go up to as many as 10′. For your buying convenience, we will start with smaller islands first and then move onto the more common sizes of six and eight feet.
Does my kitchen need a single pendant?
The 16.5″ Heirloom Scalloped Radial Shade Pendant Light is a great choice for a smaller island. It is rather large in diameter, which would light up a 24″ area easily. These pendant lights are great because they are wired for service with compact fluorescent and HID bulbs, creating a clean and bright kitchen area to work with. Pendant light fixtures can be ordered with accessories such as cast or wire guards. In addition, their shade design comes in multiple colors to match any color scheme in your home or professional kitchen area. These details can be handled when you call customer service to place your orders.
What to Do When Your Island is Longer
Six and eight feet are common sizes for kitchen islands, but many people have trouble with placing the light fixtures. It is a good idea that if you’re willing to hang pendant lighting, then you’d want to divide your island into smaller sections and hang more than one pendant. For example, if your island is six feet long, you can easily divide it into two sections by hanging two pendant lights. You need to order larger light fixtures for such a situation, like the 14″ Heirloom Opal Shade Pendant Light, so that your kitchen island is well lit. While you’re searching for the right look, consider dividing your six foot or eight foot kitchen island into thirds and hang smaller pendant lights instead. For modern lighting, take a look at the 8″ x 7″ Prairie Barn Pendant Light.
These are the perfect match for those polished stainless steel kitchens that are popular today, especially if you have a metal or concrete-industrial kitchen island. Just divide your six foot island into three equal sections and hang one of our pendant lights in the direct center above each section. If you order with us, your cookery will be stylish and complete! Eight foot kitchen islands are a bit trickier, because you don’t want to divide them into threes – however, we offer the Topeka Ribbed Glass Antique Pendant Light just for this occasion. This pretty pendant light has a rustic feel to it and a sturdy 10″ glass shade – it even has an antique vintage key on the light itself and is still designed for control by a wall switch. Once you get your kitchen island divided, make your lighting choices from our vast array of pendant lights, and get started remodeling today!
Whether putting together a design plan for a new home, commercial space, or just a room to be remodeled, lighting design must be carefully considered. Properly lighting a space helps a designer create a desired mood in a room by highlighting shapes, textures, and focal points.
Designing a lighting plan is harder than ever these days with hundreds if not thousands of options to choose from when it comes to light fixtures. To narrow it down a little, let’s talk about pendant lighting.
When it comes to indoor light fixtures, pendant lights have a long history, and in recent years have seen a surge in their popularity. Contemporary designers are using these fixtures in a wide variety of applications both residential and commercial. From general kitchen lighting in a remodel to providing funky atmosphere hanging over tables in a new local restaurant, pendants lights are the answer to many lighting design problems.
Even within the narrowed category of pendant lights there are hundreds of options to consider such as style, materials, and design. FABBY, an American lighting manufacturer is offering an interesting line of handcrafted ceramic pendant lights that may be just what designers are looking for.
The contemporary interior designer has one thing in mind when searching for indoor light fixtures, uniqueness. Something like the 6″ Progressive Cylinder Pendant Light gives the designer the one of a kind look that is so sought after. Perfect in its standard bisque finish, this material may also be painted any color of the rainbow using water-based paints.
Laid Back Modern Style
The modern look of pendant lights can be enhanced by the design of the fixture. The 6.5″ Block Pendant Light with Square Light Windows achieves this feeling by drawing on the art deco style of the mid-20th century. The style of this piece makes it the perfect fit for the urban loft or business. This piece, like all fixtures in the line, contains standard hardware UL-approved “damp” making it suitable for all indoor applications, as well as sheltered outdoor areas.
The process of manufacturing this line is the real driver of its quality and variety. The clay mixture used in the molding of these ceramic pendant lights is hand poured into molds then individually cut by local artisans. This hands on process produces designs created with love, like the 9.5″ Tumbler Ceramic Pendant Light with Seashells. This fixture would make a perfect choice for a seaside home, or any location with a beach theme.
Ceramic Pendant Lighting for Commercial Spaces
Many designers outfitting a commercial location have come to appreciate the value of pendant lighting. Most prominently, the bar and restaurant industry has taken to using this style of fixture. Designers have long used drop lights for kitchen lighting. A restaurant or bar is really just a public kitchen, making ceramic pendant lights a natural fit. Imagine this 6″ Convex Cylinder Pendant Light with Vertical Line Pattern providing the perfect atmosphere for a modern lounge.
When it comes to indoor light fixtures, it’s all about the right product used in the right place. The next time you need to add accent pieces to a modern design consider ceramic pendant lights. Their versatility and beauty may be the perfect fit.
How many times have you walked into a washroom and thought, this looks strangely familiar? With the proliferation of the big box hardware store and DIY design and renovation, it’s not uncommon to see the same fixtures over and over again. Vanity lights are a prime example. The same four of five styles have been used for years. If you’re planning a design for a new bathroom, or remodeling an old one, consider trying something a little different like this line of ceramic bathroom lighting from Fabby Lighting.
As with all Fabby products, these ceramic sconces are designed and manufactured in the USA. Each fixture is handcrafted by local artisans giving them an uncommon look sure to make your bathroom unique.
Many designers choose a theme when decorating a bathroom. This often affects their choices of shower curtains, bathmats, and counter top accessories. With the variety of indoor light fixtures available from Fabby, there is no reason this theme shouldn’t be carried through to the vanity lights.
Ceramic Bathroom Lighting for Beach Lovers
A seaside or beach theme is always a popular choice for a bathroom. Something about the turquoise waters and white sand of the Caribbean puts the mind at ease. The Floundering Fish Ceramic Vanity Light would be a great addition to any bathroom with a costal feeling. A great option for a children’s bathroom is the Island Star Gazing Light. Cutouts of swaying palm trees on deserted islands, watched over by the moon and stars are sure to have you smelling the salt air.
Modern Vanity Lights
If it’s a more modern look you’re after, the Rough Around the Edges Vanity Light may be the perfect choice. The open top and bottom design lets this fixture cast a unique silhouette on the bathroom wall. While it looks great as is with a natural off-white bisque finish, designers also have the option of painting it with any water-based paint to match the décor of the room.
Traditional Ceramic Sconces
Of course not all homeowners are looking for a contemporary or whimsical beach feel in their bathrooms. For the traditionalist, a Classic Column Vanity Light is the perfect choice. The simple elegance of this style will add an instant touch of class to any bathroom.
All of the two bulb ceramic sconces in this line are great choices when ordinary just won’t do. These original designs offer a balance between great form and excellent function that is hard to find in the average indoor light fixture. The next time you’re planning a bathroom design, be sure to consider ceramic bathroom lighting to add a touch of distinctive style to an often uninteresting room.
In need of an interior design upgrade? You’re in luck. Father’s Day 2014 is the perfect time to give your dad the gift of a beautiful home and the chance to get his hands dirty with a little home renovation. And there’s nothing easier than hanging pendant lights to add character, style, and function to a space.
Before you set your dad off on his big home lighting project, you might need to rein him in a little. Begin by choosing where the pendant lighting will hang. Pendant lights are designed to highlight certain aspects of a room, and should be placed accordingly. Pendant lights are perfect for hanging over a table, in a home’s entryway, or above a kitchen island. Choose a few places in your home to place the lights and determine the lighting needs of each space. Knowing how much light you want to shine on an area will help in choosing the perfect pendant light.
Next, it’s time to go shopping. Choose a pendant light that will provide enough light for your space. Consider also the style of the room and how large you would like the pendant to be. This bowl shaped pendant light is small enough to work well when used in multiples, such as a row of two or three above the kitchen island. Use this cranberry vintage pendant light as a way to add a pop of color and style to a space, or go for its steel version for a modern and sleek look. If you want to highlight the details of a small space, look for small pendant lights, such as this mini warehouse pendant light. There isn’t a set formula for choosing the right formula as long as it fits in the space and with your style.
Now it’s time for Dad to have his real fun-installation. First, determine how low you want the pendant light to hang. The typical guide is to have a light hang 28-34 inches over a table or countertop, and 72 inches above the floor. This guideline can be customized to fit the needs and style of your home, just make sure the lights aren’t hanging somewhere where people will bump their heads or get light shone in their eyes. Pendant lights are fairly easy to install. If hanging a pendant light in the place of a recessed light, all you need is a simple conversion kit and less than an hour.
The gift of light is a great way to celebrate Father’s Day. Bring some extra style into your home and give your dad a chance to show off his handyman skills with this gorgeous indoor lighting.
A child’s room should be a reflection of his or her personality, goals, and interests. Does your child like dinosaurs? Astronomy? Butterfly collecting? Here are six cool bedroom themes that fit almost any kid’s style.
1. Dinosaurs: Start with earthy wall tones, wooden furniture, and some leafy motifs for that Jurassic feel. Real or artificial ferns add to the prehistoric setting. Kids who love dinosaurs will love our dinosaur-themed light fixtures. Made of white earthenware clay, they are beautifully carved with the huge prehistoric reptiles that continue to fascinate us. Wall sconces with T-Rex, or bowl sconces with Triceratops? Our wide range of sizes, shapes, and designs means that any young dinosaur enthusiast can feel right at home.
2. Plants: Junior gardeners will love being surrounded by plants and flowers. Unfinished wood is a natural choice for furniture. For the walls and linens, choose various shades of green, from seafoam to forest. Potted plants, of course, are a must. The windowsill is the obvious location, but shade-tolerant houseplants can grow in almost any spot. As for lighting, desk lamps and ceiling fixtures with floral designs fit beautifully in our young botanist’s room. Our Blooms & Bees ceramic light is among our many beautifully designed ceiling light fixtures. Pull all these elements together to inspire any child’s fascination of nature.
3. Bugs: Plants are great, but some kids are into the more animated parts of nature — creepy, crawly bugs. We have a wide selection of light fixtures that fit any insect-lover’s dreams, like our marvelous Dragonfly Dream table lamp. Mix and match our bug-themed lighting with our floral lighting designs to turn the room into a rain forest! A bug theme doesn’t have to be natural. Use cool blue tones and modern designs to surround a blue-glowing ant farm and inspire the scientists of the next generation.
4. Nautical: A marine-themed room can inspire young sailors and aspiring mermaids to continue dreaming of the ocean. Our anchor-themed wall sconces are a great addition to a young sailor’s lifestyle, and our seashell-inspired pendant lights would fit any young marine biologist’s agenda. Match these light fixtures with a nautical aquamarine color theme and accessorize the wall or bed frame with seashells to bring any child closer to the ocean. Be careful — with a theme like this, you might need to invest in a lifeguard!
5. Outer Space: Send your young astronaut into the skies with a space-themed bedroom. Futuristic furniture with shining chrome surfaces creates the feeling of a space station. Stick glow-in-the-dark planet shapes on the wall to create a cool effect when all the lights are out. Installing a dimmer on the overhead light will turn the room into a planetarium. Shaped like a star, the Starry Sky ceiling lamp will bring any young space adventurer closer to the skies. Add a small telescope by the window to motivate the astronomer in any kid.
6. Western: For the aspiring cowboy or cowgirl, focus on brown tones and rustic finishes. Horseshoes, stars, and cactus shapes create the feel of the old west. To light the room, combine our Cowboy and Cactus wall sconce with a light earthy exterior for a perfect wild-west themed room. And have you considered bringing the western theme into the bathroom? It’s not as common as a nautical bathroom theme, which makes it surprising and fresh. Choose wood-framed mirrors and a cowboy-themed vanity light.
What’s the coolest themed kids’ bedroom you’ve seen? Tell us in the comments, and if you have a great photo, we’ll add it to our children’s themed bed & bath board on Pinterest!
Are you thinking of turning your den, spare room, or even basement into a home movie theater? Taking on a media room project can be challenging, but with some planning, it’s within reach. The important elements are picture, sound, lighting, seating, and décor.
Getting a Great Picture
Projectors with 1080p playback are becoming less and less costly. A good quality 1080p projector will cost around $1,000. The Epson PowerLight Home Cinema costs about $1,300 and does the job very well. Higher end home theater projectors can cost up to $5,000 and more — your budget should determine how far you want to go when choosing a projector. It’s easy to find low- and high-end home theater projection systems at electronics stores and online.
For the screen, you can either purchase a home theater screen or simply leave one wall painted white. A bare wall isn’t the best surface for showing movies, but if your budget is limited, it can work in a pinch.
Home Theater Sound Tips
A 5.1 surround sound system is standard in a home theater system. I like the sound quality of Onkyo, because the highs and lows are pretty even. If your budget is a little higher, you might want to look into a 7.2 system. If you’re looking for a sound system with deeper lows, look into Bose. Bose is a bit more expensive than Onkyo, and its quality is arguably higher. The quality of a speaker system rises significantly with its price tag, and for good reason too. Sound is half the experience, and not-so-great sound quality can prevent a home theater room from feeling immersive and authentic.
Lighting Your Home Theater
In a real movie theater, the lights dim when the show begins. Use dimmers on your lights to make your home theater experience realistic. Slowly dim the lights to a very low brightness when the movie begins, to allow viewers’ eyes to adjust. Leave one dim light illuminated near the door to help viewers find their way to the restroom or other parts of your house in the middle of the showing.
Your room will probably have some overhead lighting in the room already. For a truly authentic theatrical look, add theater-style sconces along the walls. Bowl sconces will direct light towards the ceiling, so your viewers won’t be blinded by glare in their eyes. For those who place elegance at the top of their priorities, clean sconces with an opening at the bottom are a great idea. Not only do they project light up, they also reveal a path of more intense light below. Corner lights, on the other hand, aren’t a good idea, as the corners nearest to the screen could wash out the picture even if they’re very dim.
Creating Comfy Seating
Consider the size of the room, the size of your family, and the number of guests you’d like to invite over for screenings. If your home theater is just for you, you could go all out on a gorgeous, comfortable recliner. To entertain a few people, a couple loveseats should do the trick. To create a movie room that can accommodate larger groups, plan to have rows of chairs or, for a casual feel, beanbag seating. Ideally, row seating should be installed at different heights, just like in a real movie theater.
The best theaters are the most comfortable ones, so investing in comfortable leather seating will pay dividends. If your budget allows it, look for reclining seats and cup holders.
Decorating a Media Room
Use cool, dark colors to paint the walls. Dark blue, green, brown, and grey are all great choices. If you don’t want to invest money into a screen (which you should definitely do), you could leave one wall white. Avoid glossy paint to minimize glare and reflection, and allow viewers to focus clearly on the projected picture. Don’t forget the final touches: movie posters, memorabilia, and other keepsakes on the walls. Hang curtains around the screen and consider creating a “concession stand” with a small fridge for soda, some shelves for candy, and a popcorn maker for the most classic movie treat.
Don’t forget to stock up with classic movies, because without them, none of these tips will matter!
Winter holidays are all about light – the warm glow of the Christmas tree, the flickering flames of the Hanukah menorah, and the sparkly New Year’s ball drop at Times Square. So it makes sense to pay special attention to the lighting of your holiday parties. Here are our top lighting tips to make a holiday party merry and bright.
Soft, Warm Light Makes People Feel Welcome
Some occasions call for bright light, but a party isn’t one of them. Your guests will feel relaxed and comfortable if the lights are a bit dimmer than usual. Consider keeping overhead lights turned off, relying instead on lamps, sconces, and other light sources. This creates an intimate atmosphere, encouraging everyone to open up and socialize.
Get Creative with Candles
Taper and votive candles are an inexpensive source of warm, lovely light. It’s common to add one or two candles to a holiday dinner table, but the effect is much more dramatic when you increase their number. Collect a few dozen jelly jars of different sizes and place votives inside them, arranging them in a staggered line down the center of the table. For an outdoor party, pull a ladder out of the garage, set it up, and use the steps to hold candles and bouquets of flowers. Of course, a Hanukah party will have a brightly lit menorah. Put a pretty mirror against the wall behind it, doubling the light.
Go Wild with Christmas Lights
These strings of tiny bulbs aren’t just for the Christmas tree – they can be repurposed in all kinds of ways to light up a room for a holiday party. Turn party lights into ceiling lights: string them from one wall to another in straight lines, or from all the walls toward the center of the room, creating a sparkling star. Hang them from ceiling to floor to create a wall of light and hang panels of sheer fabric in front of them to soften the glow. (We recommend LED lights if the bulbs will be near fabric, because they stay cool to the touch.)
Buy Lighted Branches for Bright Bouquets
Battery-powered light-up branches are available online and at craft stores. It’s easy to arrange them in a pretty vase, either alone or with live, dried, or artificial flowers. Our favorite way to use them is on the mantle, amid evergreen boughs and pine cones. It’s a modern twist on a traditional favorite.
Give Your Fixtures a Facelift
Your home is already full of light fixtures – pendants, sconces, lamps, and more. Dress them up for the party! An ordinary lamp becomes festive when you pin ribbons and bows on the shade. Or create a totally new lamp shade covered with white doilies and glitter to mimic the sparkle of snow. Hang ornaments from ceiling fixtures so they catch the light. Wind greenery and berry branches around a pendant light’s cord or around the branches of a chandelier.
Buy New Light Fixtures for Your Home
If you’ve been waiting for an excuse to upgrade your fixtures or add new ones, a holiday party is the perfect occasion. Wall sconces spread light around the room, avoiding the glare of a single overhead light. A cluster of small pendant lights with star designs will draw attention to the buffet table. Adding a dimmer allows you to adjust the amount of light to set the right mood.
For more Christmas party lighting ideas, check out our Pinterest board!