We’ve helped many Las Vegas homeowners transform the look of their home with our entryway remodeling services. By replacing the generic doors and windows put in by the builder with beautiful custom windows and stained glass doors, it can completely renew a home and elevate the look, both inside and out. If you want to take your entryway remodel to the next level, though, you’ll need to think about the lighting.
The Importance of Good Lighting
Lighting plays an important role in the design of your home, both inside and out. It’s so important that people make their entire careers out of designing lighting for homes. Good lighting can change the look of a space, illuminating dark corners and highlighting areas that you want to show off. But lighting shouldn’t only look good, it should also be functional. It’s the same idea for lighting your entryway; it should both look great and provide the necessary light. If you have one and not the other, it’s going to be a lighting failure. You don’t want lighting that looks great but doesn’t actually help you see, and you don’t want lighting that’s nice and bright but looks awful. Read on to discover tips about designing the perfect lighting scheme and how to pick great fixtures!
Designing the Kind of Lighting Your Entry Needs
When you are planning the lighting for your entryway, you’ll want to start by learning about the different fixtures available and what kind of lighting solutions they provide.
- Pendant lamps. These hang down from the roof of your entryway, so they are only going to work in homes that have a covered entry. They provide a flood of light through the entry but can create shadows on the faces of those who are standing at your door.
- Sconces. These sit on one or both sides of the doorway and are fixed to the wall. They usually provide a more concentrated section of light immediately in front of them, so they are ideal for illuminating your guest’s faces.
- Uplighting. This can come from floodlights in the garden or even from lighting that’s installed into the decking of your porch. In any case, it’s a light that’s designed to shine up. Uplighting provides a dramatic lighting effect that’s particularly effective at night, great for parties and highlighting various aspects of your landscaping or home.
Before you decide which lighting fixtures you want, take the time to really study the space around your entryway. Take a look at it in both the daylight and nighttime to see how it changes throughout the day and where dark spots might be occurring. Then consider how you are going to be using the space. Is it space simply to welcome guests into your home? Will you be spending time out on the front porch or patio? Do you want it to be a focal point in the design of your home? All of these questions will help you decide which lighting fixtures you’ll want to install.
How to Choose the Right Fixtures
Once you know what fixtures you want, it’s time to start shopping! This can be the fun part, but it can also be overwhelming; there are a lot of outdoor lighting fixtures available on the market. Here are some tips to help you whittle down the selection to the ones that are right for your home.
Consider the aesthetic of your home’s design.
If you live in a home that has a modern design, then a modern lighting fixture with clean, simple lines will complement it nicely. If you live in a beautiful old Victorian-era home, then you may want to limit your lighting fixture hunt only to those fixtures that harken back to the decor of the 1800’s. Keeping your fixtures in line with the aesthetic of the rest of the exterior of your home will create a cohesive look.
Complement other design elements of your home.
If you have already installed other pieces on the outside of your home, you might want to consider choosing a similar style for the new lighting fixtures as well. For instance, maybe you’ve already installed lighting fixtures with a brushed nickel finish to the outside of your garage. Choosing brushed nickel fixtures for the entryway is a good way to tie it all together; if you suddenly switch to copper, it can be jarring visually.
Pick something you love.
At the end of the day, the only person who has to live with the fixtures is you, so pick something that you love. It doesn’t matter if it completely breaks the rules; if you find a fixture that makes you smile or makes your heartbeat a little faster, then buy it and have it installed. In the end, you’ll be happier with it than you would be something that perfectly matched your home but you didn’t love as much. Afterall, it’s your home and this is a chance to let your personality shine!
Want to make your entryway look its best? Entry Brite is ready to get to work! Learn more about all of our entryway remodeling services including stained glass doors and custom windows by talking to our team. You can get in touch with us but giving us a call or contacting us through our website. We’ve been proudly servicing Las Vegas homeowners and establishing a reputation as the go-to company for all of your entryway needs. Get in touch with us and learn more today!