For those who follow our Home-To-Be project… well, you’re in for a treat. Because last week, things got real! The plans for our living room (which I’ll show you in a second) were finalized, giving us a clear vision and getting us more excited than that woman and her Chewbacca mask.
Now that we know what will go where and which function each corner will have, we decided it was time to get down to business in the lights department. Let there be light!
To do so, the boyfriend and I attacked the Monday morning traffic jam and headed out to dmlights to get some professional advice on how to handle our high ceiling and how to find a good balance between the aesthetic aspect and functional value.
After showing them the plans, our vision and explaining the style we like, Flor (the person who helped us) showed us some options that were spot on. Ha, ‘spot’ on, get it. ;)
Anyway, I’ll spare you from the details because I know many of you are curious on what was proposed, what we’ve learned from our visit and which handy tips we got for working with our high ceiling. So without further ado, I won’t keep you in the dark any longer … ;)
1. Rail system to save € and work
When you have a high sloping ceiling like ours, it’s better to go for a rail system instead of recessed spotlights. Not only will it save a lot of work (seeing how built-ins often need a dropped ceiling), spots attached to a rail system are more flexible and saves you the hassle of having to foresee multiple light points (which in turn makes it cheaper). And in combination with a sloped ceiling, flexibility is no unnecessary luxury!
We also got the tip to go for a standard rail so we can still choose another brand for the actual spots whenever we feel like it. We wouldn’t be stuck to a specific brand this way and might save again a nice amount of money.
For now, our mind is set to these of Wever & Ducre (but in white). Pretty, hu! We would place these above the mezzanine, at the entrance door of the living room and above the kitchen island. Another advantage of a rail system is that you can start with a few spots and add more if needed.
Wever & Ducre Sqube rail system
2. Eye catcher to emphasize the height
A large room (or a high one as ours) can use a little drama. Flor told us to indeed work with 1 eye-catcher and keep the rest clean and easy. I already had the perfect eye-catcher in mind… the Vertigo lamp. There might ring a bell seeing how I expressed my love for this one already a couple of times here at the blog. Last week, we decided to just go for it. The white version.
To make sure this lamp gets the attention it deserves, they showed us options that go well with it while not taking away the attention.
Petite Friture – Vertigo lamp
3. Built-in spots when possible
Underneath the mezzanine, we do have the option to easily add some built-in spots. Because this is where the sitting area will be, a few white simplistic spots are more than enough. Tip: stay away from the television when you are placing spots. You don’t need light near it so save yourself the trouble and money. Duly noted!
The ones Flor suggested where these from Doxis and are just perfect. Simple and elegant. #doublewin They’re also a little more flexible than standard spots. Which allows us to guide the light and aim towards something nice, like for instance a piece of art.
To have some extra light when needed, he suggested to get a floor lamp to place next to the couch. A new quest can begin! ^^
Doxis FlatLED T1
The biggest lesson we’ve learnt is that you can’t start thinking about lighting too soon and that professional advice is really worth it. We got it done just in time to make some final electricity changes. Phew!
Some mistakes we prevented from happening by having a light plan…
1. Getting it right the first time
The biggest reason to get a light plan made is to get things right the first time. A do-over is not that easy and it’s just easier if you can avoid the hustle of moving light points…
Keeping that in mind (and for those who are planning to work with a rail system) its’ always better to foresee a light point at the end or the beginning of where the rail will come. If you have the option, pick light sources that are dimmable to easily switch between mood light or light you need to get some work done.
2. Position is key
Another great tip we got from Flor was to move our light from the middle of the kitchen to right above the kitchen island. Seems so logical now but we weren’t planning on doing this. Meaning we would’ve ended up standing in our own shadow all the time. By making this last-minute change, we’ll always have enough light when cutting those vegetables. Big mistake prevented and we get to keep our fingers. Phew!
3. Keep it simple
Don’t overdo it. Don’t use too many different types of lighting and don’t go overdrive with the amount of spots. While we were afraid that we would need extra spots to get this high ceiling room light enough, we’ve learnt that you only need to make sure you have the right amount of spots at the right place and aim them right. I think we easily saved ourself a couple of €s with this one.
So thank you, Flor. Thank you dmlights. For both the tips but also for giving us a vision and keeping us from making silly mistakes.
On a slightly different note, what do you think of the options? And what do you think of the plans? Love to hear!