Let There be Light -- Schoolhouse and Industrial Style
Thanks to Build.com for providing the schoolhouse and industrial light fixtures featured for editorial purposes.
|The Courtyard -- First Week after Moving In|
A. The courtyard does not need to be fully heated and we can seal off the bedrooms, kitchen, living room, etc to save money on oil.
B. A cooler temperature wards off any plant diseases and bugs (somewhat) and the bright light of the skylights is plenty for my houseplants.
C. All those interior doors that seal off the heated portions of the house also allow light through, so the spaces are separate, but not dank and dark.
D. I can decorate with a fun combination of indoor and outdoor items in the courtyard and entry area.
It has been no challenge to wrap my head around the indoor/outdoor functionality of the space, but decorating-wise, I go back and forth between how much indoor vs outdoor furnishings and decorations to use. For now, the entry area has plenty of shoe/coat storage and a leather couch, while the bottom level hosts plants, a GIANT Christmas Tree and this year? Thanksgiving. <<< see the table set for family!
Our story today though is about the lighting. You see, it is complicated. There needs to be enough light to illuminate this large area at night, but the light should still be gentle. I knew I wanted to jump on the chance to use exterior-style light fixtures, but I didn't want the courtyard to turn into a barn. I finally settled on these pretty Kichler sconces.
They are actually smaller than I thought they would be when I unwrapped them, but as we got them up on the wall, the length they stick out into the walkway is perfect. If they had been larger, they would have bonked people on the head. However, if you are actually decorating a barn, you might want something larger. The real problem I ran into was LIGHTBULBS. See that picture above? Our typical LEDs looked ridiculous and were far too bright. A regular lightbulb was a bit better, but still didn't look quite right. I decided to experiment and bought a few different styles on Amazon. The one pictures below is a dimmable LED with a round base. The dimming feature was nice, but the light was still WAY too bright for these sconces.
|Cute Edison bulb Packaging|
The room pictured above is actually my husband's study, so that is his desk and those warm Edison bulbs make the room softly glow at night while recessed lighting adds additional light for writing work, etc. Also note that these lights are A. Bathroom Lights and B. Flipped to Uplighting. I really prefer these lights facing DOWN, but do you see where those sockets are on the wall up there? It just wouldn't have worked with how close they were to the wainscoting, so up they went! The uplighting aspect is growing on me. The bathroom aspect? I knew I was going against the grain a bit, but I used light fixtures with similar glass globes in THIS bathroom remodel, and I adored them. When I saw these, I knew they were the one and I am more than pleased with them.