Don’t be left in the dark – picking out the right light can be tricky! There are hundreds of sizes, options and finishes to choose from. Where does one start? You shouldn’t have to settle for ugly, unattractive lights from big box stores – not when we’re here! If you’re shopping for your first barn light, we have a few simple questions you can ask yourself; they will help you narrow down your selections and hopefully make sure you’re 110% happy with your purchase. And – if you’re still unsure, our sales associates are always available for assistance or guidance along the way. They’re knowledgeable, friendly and eager to hear about your projects!
1.) How large is the area you need to illuminate?
Most people install their pendant lighting right around three feet above their table or kitchen island. Depending on the size of your surface, you may need one, two, or even more lights to make sure the area is well lit. For example, we’ll use our popular 16 inch Warehouse Pendant. This particular shade will cast right around 2.5 to 3 feet of light in each direction – enough to roughly cover a 5 to 6 foot round dining table. Now, if you have a larger or rectangular area, you may want to consider a second pendant and pair them side by side.
2.) What about all of the accessories I can choose?
There are lots of accessories that can be added to the Warehouse Pendant. The homeowner above chose to keep it simple, and let her finish choice be her bold statement. If you like more traditional finishes but still want that something extra, consider adding on a wire cage or cast guard unit. Galvanized is a great neutral choice that still allows you to use some color – take for instance the Outback Pendant. A pop of red on the cast guard brings a one of a kind look that will draw lots of attention! If that’s not your style, there is always the wire guard addition which can be viewed on this similar Warehouse Pendant.
3.) How prominent do you want the light to appear in comparison to its surroundings?
If you want your barn light to become the focal point of a room, a large size will definitely stand out, whereas (you guessed it), a smaller light can blend in more. Another way to make your barn light really POP is by doing what Melanie did above; she chose one color, yellow, and used it as a sparse, yet bold, accent around the dining room. You’ll find this color on a nearby chair and within her fresh flowers too! When it comes to finishes (and wow, do we have a lot), don’t get scared. Bold colors can sometimes really pay off, but if you’re unsure, you can request that a finish sample be sent to you before ordering!