Steven Saba­dos lights up your life

How to nail the state­ment light­ing trend in any room of your home

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In decor, there are many ways to cre­ate a state­ment. You can use an area rug, ar­moire, fire­place, art­work or light­ing. To­day, light­ing has be­come an in­te­gral part of the de­sign process. Fix­tures have grown in im­por­tance from func­tional to the fo­cal point of en­tire rooms. Fix­tures have be­come an art form, cre­at­ing a big im­pact on your space.

The din­ing room is a per­fect place to make a dra­matic state­ment with light­ing. Al­though crys­tal chan­de­liers are still rel­e­vant, they’re not the only way to cre­ate im­pact. Start by mak­ing sure your fix­tures echo the shape of the ta­ble. If you have a long and nar­row ta­ble, go with two side-by­side fix­tures or one long and nar­row.

A fix­ture should al­ways sup­ply your space with the amount of light needed. My call is for manda­tory dim­mer switches for all fix­tures. Too much light can feel like din­ing in an overly bright tan­ning bed; too lit­tle light makes carv­ing the turkey im­pos­si­ble. The so­lu­tion is a dim­mer switch, so you can ad­just the light ac­cord­ingly.

Ray light­ing, avail­able in the S&C col­lec­tion, works for both a tran­si­tional and mod­ern decor, giv­ing off tons of light while show­cas­ing the trendy Edi­son bulb. The bulbs come in var­i­ous fil­a­ment pat­terns (lin­ear, zigzags or Xs) adding even more char­ac­ter to your space.

An­other place where state­ment light­ing is im­por­tant is in the “great room.” Higher ceil­ings gen­er­ally com­mand larger fix­tures, so a sin­gle drum shade pen­dant hung from a 15-foot ceil­ing will get lost and of­fer no light or char­ac­ter to the room. If you’re lucky enough to have tall ceil­ings, bold light­ing will cre­ate dra­matic im­pact. I’ve de­signed chan­de­liers and light pen­dants for great rooms, com­ing in mul­ti­ple shapes and sizes and com­ple­ment­ing both con­tem­po­rary and tra­di­tional decor.

In a multi-pur­pose space, you want to keep the style of your lights con­sis­tent, so the room feels co­he­sive. De­pend­ing on size, hang two or three pen­dants over a big is­land and a larger fix­ture from the same col­lec­tion over the kitchen ta­ble. I love the re­turn to warm met­als like a satin brass fin­ish.

With the proper bal­ance, large state­ment light­ing has its place in small spa­ces. If your fix­ture is bold and dra­matic, make sure ev­ery­thing else in the room is sim­ple and doesn’t com­pete. For ex­am­ple, a din­ing ta­ble with clean lines paired with par­son chairs al­lows the fo­cal point to re­main on the fab­u­lous fix­ture above.

An­other small space where good light is vi­tal is in the bath­room, but don’t just rely on over­head fix­tures! Sconces of­fer the per­fect amount of bright­ness for ap­ply­ing makeup and can be mounted on ei­ther side of the van­ity or hor­i­zon­tally above. At­tach­ing the fix­ture di­rectly onto the mir­ror will re­flect beau­ti­fully, il­lu­mi­nate your face and dou­ble the light in the room. Re­mem­ber to use crisp halo­gen bulbs and add dim­mer switches.

From pen­dants and chan­de­liers to fin­ishes and sizes, there are a lot of things to con­sider when choos­ing the right state­ment light­ing for your home. With so many op­tions, it can seem over­whelm­ing. I com­pare it to de­cid­ing on the per­fect pair of shoes for an out­fit. Light­ing, like beau­ti­ful shoes, should com­ple­ment the en­tire en­sem­ble.

When you’re ready to take the plunge you can check out the op­tions in the S&C col­lec­tion or visit a lo­cal light­ing store such as Royal Light­ing, Crys­tal De­sign and Decor or Liv­ing Light­ing. Steven Saba­dos is a co-host on CBC’s The Goods and also spear­heads the S&C home decor line which in­cludes state­ment light­ing pieces.

Steven Saba­dos says dim­mer switches for all light fix­tures should be manda­tory

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