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How to Install a Ceiling Fan

Ceiling fans are excellent additions to any room. With a ceiling fan, you can give your room superior climate control and stylistic flair. We recommend you use a licensed professional for your fan installation. However, if you choose to install the fan yourself, you can use the steps below along with other resources as your guide:

1. Turn off electricity. This is the first step for any project related to electricity. Do not merely turn off the light switch. Go all the way to the breaker to shut off the current entirely for safety reasons.

2. Prepare the site. You may be replacing an existing ceiling fan, but you can also replace a light with a fan. In either case, remove the existing fixture carefully. Unscrew with care, and be sure to support the fixture so it does not fall while you remove it. If you are installing a replacement fan that has separate wires for the light and the fan, make sure you note which wire does what before discarding the old fixture.

3. Install support. Ceiling fans are usually heavy enough to warrant a brace in the ceiling. Some models come with this support, and it should be installed according to the directions. You can make your own with a simple block of wood. Nail the support brace into the closest ceiling joists. 

4. Place the mounting bracket. Most ceiling fans will have a mounting bracket, which makes the fan easier to attach. It should be installed before the fan in order to streamline the process. If you are going to use an extension to lower your fan, you should place it at this time.

5. Watch your wires. You will need to take the wires from the ceiling and thread them through the correct parts of your mounting gear. Then, the wires need to be attached in the right places to make the motor work. The locations should be labeled on the fan. You simply need to match up the right wires.

6. Attach the fan. With the mounting bracket in place, the body of the fan should be easy to install. Look at the manufacturer's directions carefully to make sure you line up all the parts correctly. You will probably have to screw in several pieces to make sure everything is secure.

7. Add blades and light. The fan will not come assembled in most cases. Therefore, once the body of the fan is placed, you will need to install the other pieces. Start with the blades. The blades should have their own mounting brackets, which can be attached to the body of the fan. If your fan has a light, you will also install it at this time. Remember to buy the necessary bulbs in advance. Many fans do not come equipped with bulbs.

8. Check the switch. Turn the electricity back on, and check the fan by turning on the light switch again. If separate switches control the blades and the light, be sure to check them both in turn.
Finally, sit back and enjoy your new fan!

Planning a Lighting Makeover: Bathroom

Bathrooms often get overlooked when people redecorate, but yours is far more than just a functional space. These diminutive rooms have the potential to become cozy sanctuaries that let you escape from the stresses of the outside world. Of course, their ability to do so depends on the mood that you set using lighting. 

Is it time to give your bathroom a makeover? Here’s how your choice of lights makes all the difference.

Vital Bathroom Lighting Varieties


Bathroom lighting comes in diverse shapes. The secret to understanding all of the different styles and fixtures lies in being familiar with their general purposes. Many interior decor experts divide bathroom lighting into: 

  • Task or spot lighting that provides a focused area of bright illumination to make it easier to see what you’re doing,
  • Ambient or fill lighting that brightens up the general space by coming from multiple directions and establishing a unified visual tone, and
  • Accent, object or decor lighting that highlights artwork, adds color or introduces some other form of stylistic flair.

Task and Ambient Lighting: Choose Practical Elements First


To select fixtures that create the desired impact, start by considering which roles each light will fulfill. For instance, if you want to brighten up the entire space, then picking ambient elements like recessed ceiling lights is a smart idea. 

It’s important to remember, however, that some ambient lights may not provide the bright illumination that you’d prefer when shaving or washing your face. You should combine them with task-oriented fixtures, like lighting around vanity mirrors and in showers.

Always settle on ambient and task lighting before moving on to more stylistic elements. Because these lights define the general feeling of the space and determine how you use it, it’s easier to build on them instead of doing things the other way around. Ask yourself the following questions to figure out what you’ll require:

  • Does your bathroom have windows that might mean you need less ambient light during the day?
  • Is it necessary to design around existing fixtures like fan vents?
  • Are there components of your current lighting that you’d prefer to retain and supplement instead of completely overhauling everything?

Adding Personality: Tie It All Together


Most lighting fixtures can fulfill several unique roles. For instance, ceiling-mount lighting and chandeliers typically add ambience, but when judiciously positioned, they can also serve as accents or even task lighting. Although most mirror lighting is designed to make tasks easier, it can also perform double duty as a source of fill lighting when combined with pendants, sconces and other elements that typically act as decor.

Crafting the ideal creative lighting arrangement is all about combining these different elements in a style that reflects your tastes. Once you’ve decided what your primary needs are, pick lighting families and fixtures that complement each other to fill them. Even if you feel like experimenting or mixing and matching different collections, the fact that you began with the basics will make your makeover an overwhelming success.

How do I know which lighting style suits my needs?

Picking a Lighting Style: What You Should Know
No matter what color you put on the walls or how you arrange your furniture, one of the most important elements of interior design is lighting. After all, lighting is necessary to support the other design elements, and the style of lighting that you choose has a dramatic impact on the overall feel of your space. That is why you need to take extra care to pick the right lighting style for your room.

Contemporary

Contemporary lighting features modern design that pushes boundaries, which means you may find light fixtures with unexpected flair. Because of this, contemporary lighting is also very diverse. You can find fixtures in all shapes and colors. Many fixtures feature multiple bulbs, which can provide a lot of light in an original fashion. One of the benefits of contemporary lighting is that it often spreads out the light very well. Contemporary style often utilizes chrome, which will be apparent in your fixtures as well.

Traditional

While contemporary fixtures push boundaries, traditional lighting offers a more classic feel. These fixtures are usually made with more aged colors, featuring brass, pewter, nickel and more. Most of the time, the lighting is also less bright because the glass is often tinted or coated. In fact, traditional lighting may be an excellent way to create an ambient feel in your room. Many fixtures provide a softer glow. Traditional fixtures often utilize ornate finishes, which can have a dramatic effect.

Transitional

Transitional lighting is the best of both worlds. Although there are traditional elements to these fixtures, they also have quirky and unexpected finishes. For example, transitional lights may have the color and texture of a traditional style but with a modern shape. This is best for an eclectic room since it blends multiple design styles together. You may also pick transitional lighting for traditional or contemporary interior design. In this manner, your lighting fixture can be an unexpected accent piece, providing a classic feel in a modern space or a contemporary flair in a more traditional room.

Rustic

Rustic offers an aged feel without the formal nuances. Instead, rustic fixtures have an earthy feel. Many feature wood or wood styling, and aged metal is also very common. Because of this, rustic lighting is often preferred in more stylized design schemes. If you are decorating your room like a lodge or have a woodsy theme, you may pick rustic lighting as an accent. Moreover, rustic fixtures are also great for ambient lighting. In many cases, the light is shaded by tinted glass, which lessens its intensity.

Industrial

On the other end of the spectrum, industrial lighting is often very bright. These fixtures are usually streamlined with minimal flourishes. Industrial fixtures are generally made with polished metals and feature bare bulbs. This not only provides a unique design element, but it can also offer brighter lighting overall. Industrial lighting is best paired with contemporary designs and spaces with a minimalist edge. Some fixtures are designed for higher ceilings for a notable look.

How To Size A Ceiling Fan

How to size a ceiling fan

A fan can provide instant relief on a hot day. Even though a fan doesn't actually lower the temperature in a room, it can make it feel up to eight degrees cooler just by the effects of the breeze on your skin. A ceiling fan's height allows everyone in the room to enjoy the breeze and will give your room an additional attractive element, adding to the decor.

An important aspect in choosing a ceiling fan is determining what size you need. They need to be large enough to provide an adequate breeze but not too big for the space. 

What size of ceiling fan do you need?



Kitchen

Kitchen ceiling fans provide an additional element by helping ventilate a room. These ceiling fans, sometimes referred to as "over island ceiling fans" can help remove smoke and odors from a room while keeping you comfortable over a hot stove. These fans often have shorter blades and should remain flush with the ceiling to pull unfavorable odors up and out. 

Dining Room

A dining room is typically a more elegant room in your home. A ceiling fan with a sleek design can add more than comfort to the room. When considering the diameter of your ceiling fan, you want to take into account the room's square footage. 

• Rooms up to 75 square feet = Ceiling fans 29-36 inches in diameter
• Rooms 76-144 square feet = 36-42 inches
• Rooms 144-225 square feet = 44 inches
• Rooms 225-400 square feet = 50-54 inches

Be sure to keep this in mind when measuring for any of your rooms.

Bedroom

A ceiling fan in the bedroom can be very beneficial. Not only will it help provide you with a more restful sleep by cooling down your room, it can also create a nice humming noise, which can be very relaxing. 

If you're unsure about what look you like best, you can choose a fan with reversible blades. This allows you to easily change the look should you decide to switch up your bedroom decor.

Living Room

In a living room, you will almost always need a larger ceiling fan. Another thing living rooms almost always require is a downrod. A downrod allows a ceiling fan to be dropped from the ceiling, bringing the breeze closer to its occupants. 

Most fans come with a downrod, although depending on the height of your ceilings, you may need to purchase an extender. One more thing to consider - vaulted or peaked ceilings. You will need the downrod attached to a special base so that the ceiling fan can come down and still operate level. 

• Ceilings 9 feet tall = 6 inch long downrod 
• 10 feet tall = 12 inches
• 12 feet tall = 24 inches
• 14 feet tall = 36 inches
• 16 feet tall = 48 inches
• 18 feet tall = 60 inches
• 20 feet tall = 72 inches

Pick the best ceiling fan for your home and comfort is just a switch away. 

How To Size A Chandelier

Is it high time to redefine your home with a touch of artistry? Chandeliers are more than mere light sources. These well-executed works of aesthetic fancy set the tone of the spaces they illuminate, and they’re known for instantly imbuing their surroundings with timeless class. 

Not every chandelier is an ideal fit for its intended location, however. As a general rule, you should add the width of a room in feet to its length in feet to get the maximum diameter in inches of your chandelier, but how does this guideline change in different areas of your home? It’s up to you to choose the most suitable styles and sizes for your kitchen, dining room, bedroom or bathroom. The following tips can get you started off on the right foot.

Keeping Kitchens Classy


As the center of your home, the kitchen must always retain a feeling of warm functionality. Here, full-sized lighting might overwhelm tight spaces, so it’s best to err on the conservative side. When you’re hanging a kitchen chandelier over a central table, bar or counter island, many designers recommend substituting the width and length of said element for the room's dimensions to come up with the chandelier diameter. 

You should also account for the fact that people will be regularly moving around this bustling center of activity. Ensure that your chandelier doesn’t overhang the edges of your central table or counter and that you have at least three to four feet of overhead clearance. Adjustable chain options work extremely well in kitchens. 

Designing Dining Room Opulence


What about the space where you gather to eat and socialize with those you hold most dear? In all likelihood, your dining room isn’t quite as busy as your kitchen, so you can really go all out here. 

Follow the general diameter rule, but if you prefer low-hanging light, be certain that the diameter of the chandelier you choose doesn’t exceed the table’s width. This will prevent diners’ heads from colliding with the fancy lighting when they settle down to tuck in. Once again, suspending your lighting fixture three to four feet over the table is usually the best way to make the most of its soft illumination without feeling too cramped.

Building Bedroom Harmony


Most bedroom layouts give you more freedom to flex your creative muscle. Use the generic diameter rule, but when calculating the height of the chandelier, stick to about three inches for every vertical foot of ceiling height. Most adults don’t have to worry about hitting their heads on these fixtures unless they decide to jump on their beds, but leaving yourself with around seven feet of total overhead clearance helps you maintain a sense of airy openness.

Engineering Unblemished Bathrooms


Bathrooms may not be the most spacious areas, but many still have room for high-end lighting. Once again, stick to the diameter rule, but choose designs that are neat and compact. If you don’t have tall ceilings, avoid low-hanging options. This guideline is also wise when you’re mounting chandeliers over tubs and other watery spaces where splashes might increase your cleaning workload.

How will you rejuvenate your home with a chandelier? Stay tuned to the blog for more amazing tips from our insiders, or connect with us on social media for regular design inspirations.