By Lana Bingham

Ceiling fans and lighting fixtures do a great deal more than provide illumination and air-flow for your home. In addition, they contribute to your home’s overall design, style and space. With so many options available, how does one select which fixtures to use and most importantly how do you coordinate a smooth flow of style throughout the entire home?

Setting The Mood: Each room in the house will need a certain type of light, depending on the purpose the room holds. Task lighting is needed in rooms such as the kitchen, master bathroom or home office, providing a brighter luminosity for completing certain activities. Bedrooms and living rooms require ambient lighting for creating a more relaxing atmosphere. Installing dimmers will ensure the perfect mood at any time in any room.

What Goes Where? To create a correct path of light throughout your home, you must determine how much light is needed for each individual room. Home builders Tampa fl often get most creative in the kitchen, as it is an area that requires a lot of light. Under cabinet lighting, ceiling lighting, island lighting, and breakfast nook lighting give much opportunity for style. Space and area are very important when selecting fixtures, with larger rooms integrating a variety of fixtures. If hanging and wall-mounted fixtures are not creating a bright enough glow, recessed lighting can also be added. The same rule applies for ceiling fans, which are typically needed in larger area rooms to help air movement. Also, pay attention to ceiling height, making sure you are not wasting energy by placing fixtures at the wrong elevation.

Top Trends: To maintain a home’s style, fixtures can be coordinated with cabinets, flooring, paint selections, furniture and even artwork. Chandeliers and pendants are top choices in the kitchen, dining room and bedroom but can be innovatively used elsewhere. Tampa home builders have noticed a rising trend towards Industrial and Contemporary fixtures. Ferguson agrees, with Representative Terri Bozzy stating, “Everyone is loving the look of Industrial lighting, with exposed bulbs with filaments and clean lines.” Chrome, nickel and stainless steel also seem to be their most popular finish selections. LightStyle of Tampa Bay also notices a lot of Modern Industrial styling in dark finishes, as well as Contemporary Crystal in chrome, which according to representative Kamid Rivera , “Gives the elegant look that only crystal can accomplish with a modern and sometimes funky edge.”

Be Blown Away: LightStyle of Tampa Bay states that when choosing a ceiling fan, it is important to determine how much air is being produced, how much energy is being consumed, and whether the fixture’s style and finish works with the home. If you are looking for something truly unique, Fanimation offers the Torto with sleek twisted blades or the dual-rotating Caruso with adjustable motor heads.

Don’t’ Be Left in the Dark: Once you have your fixtures picked out, which bulbs will be best to use? LightStyle of Tampa Bay recommends LED (Light Emitting Diodes) bulbs to be used in kitchens, and living rooms due to their ability to consume little power and produce very little heat. Not to mention they can last up to 50,000 hours! Yet, LED bulbs do not come cheap. Incandescent bulbs are another option, but they have a short life span and can get extremely hot. The last option is Fluorescent bulbs, which also have some downsides, such as the un-natural glow they emit and the health risk concern associated with CFLs (Compact Fluorescent) and how to safely dispose of them.

Javic Homes would like to thank Ferguson and LightStyle of Tampa Bay for supplying us with great insight and information about lighting and fan fixtures. When it comes to home design, select fixtures that combine function with style. The beauty of Industrial/Contemporary fixtures is that they can be used in any room of the house, resulting in style that will create a smooth flow of movement throughout the home. Think of fans and lighting fixtures as an accessory rather than a necessity and don’t be afraid to be creative!

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