If I am splurging on one thing in a home, it’s ALWAYS lighting. Honestly, a lot of times I will start in the kitchen, pick pendants, and then pick everything else on the first floor-based off that choice. So, if you are looking for the biggest bang for your buck. Lighing. I am telling you. Just splurge on lights.
Lighting can transform a space I think more than almost any other element of your house. You can go cheap on tile, and counter-tops and really dress a space up with good lighting. In fact, I tend to think ceiling fans look cheap. They just aren’t for me and won’t be in any of our flips until further notice. We wire for them, but I always opt for the light.
I have a few websites that I scour for new arrivals on a weekly basis that I wanted to share with you guys.
Favorite Light Fixture Stores
Shades of Light is my all-time fave. Reasonable price points, lots of different styles, and they are local! If you are local to Richmond they also have an amazing outlet and I have scored some really great finds there!
Serena and Lily is my go-to for statement pieces. They can be pretttyyyy pricey so if you are on a tight budget, DO NOT. I repeat. DO NOT. Click on this link. It will only lead to heartbreak because their lighting is beautiful! Very coastal. Very clean looking. Yes, please!
Pottery Barn has one of my favorite exterior lights. You can see it here. And I have used one of their pendants for a really small island which you can see here. This is the perfect pendant if you have a small island. The three-tier really adds great dimension to a small space.
Lumens has a great selection. If you are aiming for more of a modern aesthetic I would highly suggest this website. They also carry companies like Currey & Co. which I am crushing on pretty hard right now.
And last but certainly not least, Wayfair. If you are on a tighter budget, I would look at Shades of Light for inspo, and then head to Wayfair to find a dupe. Chances are you can find something similar.
Top Pick Light Fixtures
Below I’ve rounded up the lighting I’ve ordered recently/plan on ordering for our house and houses I am building.
TWO | Headlands Bell Pendant by Serena & Lily
I used this pendant light in R St. (you can click here to see) as the dining room chandelier because the house was so narrow but I think these would be amazing in the kitchen! Julia Engel has very similar ones in her kitchen.
THREE | Full Circle Wall Sconce by Shades of Light
I am installing this or similar at 32nd St. in the half bath. In fact, I think wall sconces really really elevate a bathroom.
FOUR | Seychelles Chandelier by Serena & Lily
I’ve been in love with this chandelier for a long time and finally found the perfect spot for it in our home!
FIVE | Belleair Bluffs Outdoor Barn Light
I used this in black on the Modern Farmhouse and I am ordering it in this Silver color for the 32nd St. house. I’m really loving white (of course!) exteriors and using softer colored light fixtures and hardware which will give the house more warmth.
SIX |Young House Love Wicker Bell Pendant by Shades Of Light
If you have a smaller kitchen and are looking for pendant lights, these would be so cute! I love how bohemian they are.
SEVEN | Syllabus Pendant by Currey & Company
This pendant by Currey & Co. is sooooo good! In fact, I am using them as the kitchen pendants in the home I am building on Carrington St. Unfortunately, the picture on Lumens doesn’t do it justice. Click here to see it installed.
EIGHT| Nautical Cage Sconce by Shades of Light
I haven’t used these yet but I am very excited to find a home to put them in! These would be so fun in a bathroom!