What is Your Lighting Style?

Chances are you’ve heard a few different types of styles thrown out either online or in stores when you’re looking to decorate your house. It can be a little overwhelming trying to know the difference between them, so we’ve created a guide to help you determine your house style:

Contemporary and Modern

Contemporary Lighting

Contemporary and modern design are frequently interchangeable terms. They are best known for clean, sleek lines, monochromatic finishes, and fine design. Contemporary and modern designs give a “everything in it’s place” type of look to rooms.


Eclectic Lighting

Eclectic is one of those interesting styles that is made up of multiple pieces. For example, one fixture alone usually isn’t “eclectic”, but put together a mixture of collaborating color palettes and shapes that compliment but don’t directly match each other – that is eclectic style.

You want to make sure you are mindful of how you incorporate eclectic styles. You want it to be all tied in together subtly, not just a hodgepodge of random items, colors and textures.

Craftsman and Mission

Craftsman Lighting

Mission style – also known as American Craftsman or just “Craftsman” for short, is a style usually defined by wooden architecture and warm deep, rich hues. Think: rustic, with clear lines. You’ll usually see real wood or faux wood pieces, golds, deep amber, browns, and blacks. This style works great in cabins and log homes, and gives them more of an updated feel.




Transitional decor is similar to traditional, but with more modern touches. It tends to have more angular, flat cuts of design than round. With lighting this means less bell shaped glass, and flat finishes rather than mottled. It’s a great stepping stone for people who grew up with traditional styles and want to go in a new direction in a way that feels natural.



Traditional Lighting

This is another style most people are familiar with and comfortable shopping for on their own. It is classic, “timeless” and symmetrical design, with rich color schemes. Traditional is usually a great fit for any home or room. Think of warm tones, swooping and rounded features, and soft looks.



Farmhouse lighting

Farmhouse design is a fun little style best suited for country living (or any living place you want to feel southern). Lots of reds, paisleys, oak and barn woods. It doesn’t have to be overwhelmingly cowboy either – simple hints of wicker baskets, or lantern lighting can help add a touch of farmhouse in a sophisticated manner.

With lighting – lanterns with dark features such as oil rubbed bronze, or even black finishes are a really great farmhouse look both inside and out. Wooden lights are also popular, as are drum chandeliers.


Mountain Modern

Mountain Modern Lighting1

Mountain modern is one of our favorite designs we see used in Park City quite often. It has just a touch of rustic with a modern twist – lots of clean lines, with deep rich tones. Hanging pendants and mountain modern exterior lights are the most common, but you’ll find great mountain modern entryway lights as well.


Rustic Lighting

Rustic or “cabin” style decor is usually best suited for mountain homes looking for that classic cabin look and feel. It is a very distinctive style with bare plank floors, log features for interior architecture on doorways and ceilings. It can be warmed up with decorative rugs, and goes well with craftsman lighting.

For lighting, deep amber tones, wrought iron, bronzes, hammered fixtures, and faux wood or antlers work great in a rustic themed home.


Coastal Lighting

Think of any Nicolas Sparks movie you’ve seen. The house was most likely set on the beach with white washed walls and popping blue window shutters. This is what people tend to envision when they think of coastal decor (or at least the “American coastal” version – there is a lot of dispute about what constitutes coastal decor depending on what location you are in.)

Whites, blues and golds along with beachy sand colors make for an excellent color pallet for this design. Use of open lighting (as well as very tasteful, bright lighting fixtures) will help transform your room into a nautical haven.



Urban Lighting

Urban design incorporates a lot of non-traditional materials and fixtures to create a unique look all on it’s own. Urban design is commonly used in small, cramped spaces to give visual appeal. The furniture is typically low-key, while the fixtures are utilitarian. It is definitely one of those “a place for everything, and everything in it’s place” styles, with lighting fixtures being a great focal point in the room.



Restoration Lighting

This is one of the most popular styles for 2015 right now. Everyone is wanting that industrial look without the big price tags. Industrial is a mash up of salvaged objects and re-purposed items. It is known for it’s uniqueness and flair to draw the eye.

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How to Utilize Natural Light in Your Bathroom


Bathroom lighting. It’s important, right? Not only for safety’s sake—although that’s a major consideration—but because this is the room where you shave, shower and/or apply your makeup. You need to be able to see what you’re doing!

Now straight talk about bathroom lighting should cover not only how much lighting you need, but also what kind. Granted, the need for some artificial light is inescapable. Still, conventional wisdom holds the more natural light you have in the bath, the better. The challenge is getting that light in there and knowing how to make the best use of what you get.

Getting natural light into the bathroom can be easy or next to impossible, depending on the location and design of the room. Ideally, the bathroom will be built on an exterior wall and include at least one window—and the bigger, the better. The task then becomes how to spread that light as far as possible. A few suggestions would include:

  • Covering the window(s) with either film or translucent glass shades that let light in, as opposed to shades or blinds that block it out
  • Painting the walls white (or some shade of it) to reflect the light, while using accessories and accents to add that pop of color
  • Having an open, airy (glass) shower design that reflects light instead of absorbing it
  • Strategically positioning mirrors next to a window to act as “interior windows,” reflecting sunlight into other parts of the room
  • Choosing highly reflective chrome or other shiny metal fixtures and fittings instead of light-sucking wood or matte plastic

You can add light by installing a skylight that will admit a whole lot more natural light than your average window. (Just be sure to choose a model you can open and close either remotely or mechanically to let moisture and odors escape.) If the room is too small for a regular skylight, or you have one and would like to add more light, check out tubular skylights, also known as solar tubes. These let in the light, too, but in smaller, more concentrated cylinders. Replacing a small section of wall with glass blocks is another way to draw in the light without sacrificing privacy.

The real challenge arises when you try to bring light into a windowless interior bathroom. But believe it or not, it can be done. The way you tap into natural light in this case is to install windows (or those handy glass blocks)—in front and back walls and/or over doors—allowing light from exterior windows to shine through.

Now normally, natural light is a good thing you can’t have too much of, but if you find yourself blinded by the glare on a sunny mid-summer’s day, you can buy waterproof, mold-and-mildew-resistant

shutters. Tilt them toward the ceiling to keep bright sunlight coming in under more controlled conditions.

Natural light makes both you and your bathroom look good, plus it’s energy efficient. Good reasons to find ways to bring in the light and stretch those rays. John Wildes is the owner of rubadubtubreglazing.com and has a passion for home improvement, especially in kitchens and bathrooms.

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How to be Prepared for Your In-Store Appointment 

At Galaxie Lighting, we believe in giving you the best service possible – that’s why we offer custom, in-store consulting to go over every aspect of your lighting needs! Our lighting design experts will help you determine the shape, size and style of lights to suit your house. And the best part? It’s free!

Here are a few tips to help you prepare for your consultation so we can help you in as quick and effortless way as possible.

Call for an appointment after your home is wired:

We are more than happy to help walk-ins, of course, but it’s best to call and schedule an appointment with one of our lighting experts. That way, you’re guaranteed one on one time to go over all of your needs.

If you are building, the best time to begin your lighting consult is when your house has been wired or had a four-way inspection. This allows us to have enough time for your fixtures to be delivered, which is typically 2-3 weeks. If you are doing a remodel – you are welcome to schedule an appointment any time, just be aware that the shipping time is the same.

Bring in examples:

We LOVE when clients bring in examples! Whether it’s from our site, Pinterest, or Houzz (you can follow us on both for ideas), it helps our experts know your style when you’re able to bring in pictures of what you have loved. We can usually order the exact one, or find something similar that would better suit your price range.
Also, become familiar with style types and finishes that you have liked. If you know you hate chrome, it’s easier for us to steer you towards all oil rubbed bronze, for example. Even shapes come into play here: bell, round, and square glasses all give a distinct look, and come in different colors and transparencies. By having an idea of what you prefer, our experts can point you in exactly the right direction.

Create a wishlist:

Another easy way to help make your appointment run smoothly is to create a Galaxie Lighting wishlist beforehand. That way, all your consultant has to do is pull it up, and you’re ready to start ordering or make any changes you might need.

Have a budget in mind:

There is no such thing as a house without a budget – even the mult-imillion dollar houses that we have assisted have budgets for each aspect of their home. Rest assured that we are prepared to handle any budget and still find you the style that you need with light fixtures and fans that you will love.

Prepare to spend at least an hour to two hours:

A lighting consultation is a very in-depth meeting that goes over every fixture, from the tiniest flush mount to the biggest chandelier. We leave no stone unturned going over your house lighting needs, so please be prepared to spend an hour to two hours with our lighting design consultant. We want you to love the lights you buy from us, and not feeling rushed is part of that process.

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