Lighting can be tricky and frankly one of the most time consuming (err annoying) and detailed things to pick out. You have to consider scale, size, light output, location, and all of those get twice as hard and time consuming when you have multiple kinds of lighting in the same room. I know this first hand, as I spent HOURS trying to pull together the perfect lighting plan for my house and just when I thought I got it right we had to make a few last minute changes once we saw everything in person. In theory it seems easy enough to pick out a sconce that will go with a chandelier but once you really dive into it, it can be very overwhelming. Which is why today we are going to make your lighting decisions (and your Monday morning) a little bit easier with another post in our “Power Couples” series and a few tips.
When pairing lighting there are a few important things to consider.
1). Type of light: Consider more than one type of lighting. In the picture of my kitchen above we used those on the wall which meant that for the pendant over the island we wanted to find something that had a diffused light rather than shaded or directional light. In case you missed our lighting post where we walk you through the different types of lighting click through HERE.
2). Finish: Try to keep your finishes the same. Above used two very different styles and types of lighting in his living room and adjacent dining nook, but the matte gold finish and color on both helps to allow them to work together and create a look that feels cohesive and intentional.
3. Similar Elements or Features: Try to echo elements from one feature in another if they are different styles. Above the chandelier which has a little bit of a French Gustavian vibe is very different in style to the more traditional double sconces. However the curves in the arms echo and speak to each other and the cream in the shade mirrors the cream in the candlesticks on the chandelier to keep things consistent.
4. Pairs from the same collection: Typically using a chandelier and sconce that are from the same collection works in theory but it can start to look very builder grade and generic. Try to mix up your shapes, styles and features to keep the room looking unique and personal.
5. Scale: Consider the scale of each fixture next to its pair. Just as you most likely wouldn’t wear a massive statement necklace that covered your entire chest and little dainty hoops to go with it, so it is with lighting. If your chandelier is grand and large then find something that echoes that scale in the sconce. Visually heavy chandeliers need sconces that are equally as heavy on the eyes, so that they help to balance each other out.
So, now that we have some of the rules down we are ready to get into some of our favorite combos that can really work in most any room. Let us know if you have any questions or if there are any of these that you have tried before. We haven’t seen them all in person but these all work together stylistically and would be a great couple to add to any space.
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Hope you all had a great weekend, and let us know below which “power couple” you would like to see us tackle next, in the meantime which ones are your favorites?
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