No room is complete without lighting to guide it. Cindy LaFarier of Harbour Lighting and Electrical in Exeter shares her top tips and trends for this season’s hot products and lighting design.


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First Impression

When redecorating or building a new home, foyer lighting is one of the most important decisions to make early on in the design process. “It’s one of the first things you see when you enter [a home] that sets the mood for the whole house,” says LaFarier. “Based on your personal preferences and style of your house and size of your rooms, the lighting helps bring everything together.”

One of the best ways to ensure a space is outfitted with the appropriate lighting is to first figure out how much light is needed for an individual area, and then play off the wall color. Is the paint natural and soft? Is it loud and playful?

Another important thing to remember, says LaFarier, is that walls get lit, too. Whether through sconces, wall recess lights or picture lighting, the verticals in the home should be considered along with any ceiling fixtures and centerpieces.

Lighting Trends

“Light fixtures with very simple lines, cloth and glass shades and color tones like chrome and polished nickel all look great with our clean, minimalist styles,” says LaFarier. A look that’s very “now” is quite popular with shoreline homes, bringing a bright, contemporary contrast to darker lighting options.

Also favored are organic products replica watches uk that utilize natural elements like driftwood, shells and stones. Using these resources to create either a new lighting fixture or refurb is very eco-savvy and of the times. “We want to bring the outside in,” says LaFarier. “It makes us feel good.”

Finishing Touches

Once you decide what lighting you’ll be using, and where, focus on how it will all run. LaFarier suggests using scene controls within rooms to save time and money. Occupancy sensors in rooms such as the bath, laundry room and closet can save also swiss replica watches energy. “With today’s newest technologies in making whole house lighting controls,” says LaFarier, “it has helped bring  the cost down, making it more affordable and easier to install.”