I’m not sure what the weather is doing outside your window today but in typical spring fashion, March is being fickle. Mother Nature can’t quite let go of the frost just yet, but she teases with sunny days that make me long for flip flops and tank tops.
Spring will be here before we know it and right on its heels will be summer with its heat and humidity. Spring is a great time to consider installing ceiling fans in your home or place of business. Already have ceiling fans? Take a closer look and ask yourself — is the style outdated? Is the fan as energy efficient as it could be? Would it be more functional with a light kit? Is it just plain ugly?Read More
This cozy and comfortable farmhouse, located in northwest Washington near the U.S. border with Canada, has plenty of color and texture to provide visual interest and create an inviting atmosphere. From the warm wood beams to the stone surround on the fireplace, this home has plenty of rustic charm. To complement the rustic decor, Robert, our featured homeowner, chose two cord hung barn pendants for over the kitchen sink. These Sydney Cord Hung Pendants lend an industrial look to Robert’s space and have a unique uplight feature that lets light escape over the top of the shade thanks to the cast guard and glass design.This American made pendant comes in four shade sizes and more than a dozen powder coat finish colors that offer a rainbow of choices. Robert chose a Galvanized finish for his 14″ shades that also feature a matching Galvanized guard and clear glass. You may wish to choose a contrasting color for the guard and either frosted or ribbed glass. To top off this rugged fixture, customize it with a standard cord or a cotton cord for even more color.Read More
Do you have a home office that you just can’t seem to get right? We understand your pain, especially if you like a mix of design styles. Take this home office for example – the color palette hints at a traditional room, but the desk definitely has rustic farmhouse influences. Throw in a touch of industry with the stool and pedestal floor fan and what do you get? An industrial farmhouse home office!
There’s no telling what sort of building this is in, whether a posh penthouse or sprawling ranch, we’re pretty sure you could spend all day or night working here. A featured customer of ours, Makr Carry Goods, even has a stool similar to the white one in this office. Draw back the creamy white canvas curtains to enjoy the view, or close them when the sun is too bright. With that bright and shiny sun comes heat, so that’s where our wire cage fan is sure to get more than enough use.
If you want to keep cool on hot summer days, but still have something ultra stylish, the Old Havana Fan may be the answer to your design prayers. Breaking away from dollar store plastic table fans, the Old Havana Fan has so many intricate details that the attention to detail is obvious. There’s no need to sacrifice style for your personal comfort, especially since the tacky world of ceiling, floor and wall fans has evolved. Did you think that the Old Havana was only available on a column base? No way – if your floor space is limited, the wall mount, ceiling mount or desk top option is probably your best bet when it comes to saving space. In traditional finishes like antique copper and pewter, the Old Havana Fan is a timeless piece that can be moved from room to room as needed.
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Ceiling fans are generally an afterthought when it comes to design. As a homeowner, many choose to stick with that basic ceiling fan that comes with a home, however, when it comes to renovations, homeowners begin to notice these little details and begin scouting out new models or alternative options.
If you’re one of those people that believes there isn’t much creativity with ceiling fans – just those boring, builder basic fans that just collect dust – think again. From barn ceiling fans all the way to unique tropical fans with palm leaf blades, Barn Light Electric, along with Barn Fan Company, have something for every home or business, even the industrial farmhouse.
Take a peek at the photo featured today. The fans mounted on the porch ceiling are simple and definitely do not distract from the face of the home. While simple, they aren’t boring either. By placing a barn ceiling fan with a reversible motor outdoors, such as the 48” Commercial Metal Ceiling Fan, cool air will be blown downwards during the warm summer months, but can destratify the air when the temperatures drop in the winter time. Metal ceiling fans can be utilized as well. Watch your electric bill begin to decrease with a simple investment of an agricultural ceiling fan within your home too.
If you’re on the search for something a bit more creative or historic, our Bourbon Street Ceiling Fan is probably right up your alley. The belt driven motor of the Bourbon Street gives a timeless, vintage appeal while also helping to cut electric costs. Appropriately named, hopefully you just can’t resist that old world, French detailing as the neck of the Bourbon Street Fan is filled with vine-like scrolls available in vintage finishes like antique brass or black.
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Farmhouse design normally encompasses anything and everything rustic, vintage or antique. Designers and homeowners track down unique pieces and add them to their space for an all-around together look. Many choose to bring in a bit of the outdoors with natural pieces like a pinewood dining table or simply using wild flowers as a centerpiece. Decorating for an industrial farmhouse is not a difficult task – after all, it’s really about finding inspiration in everything around us.
The bedroom featured today was one of Better Homes and Gardens’ Dream Bedrooms. With a laidback design, the farmhouse atmosphere is more than evident. Between the quilts covering the bed and planks on the upper portion of the wall, this room has the welcoming feel found in any country home.
While there are definitely rustic factors in this room, the homeowner switched it up and included a few contemporary and even modern pieces. Over the bed, acting as a headboard, is an arrangement of black and white photographs. The throw pillows also add a bit of an artsy touch without being over the top.
The biggest modern piece in this bedroom is definitely the ceiling fan. By choosing to break away from traditional ceiling fans, the homeowner took a risk. Well, that risk paid off. A modern ceiling fan like the Altus can dress up a room without being an in-your-face piece. The Altus comes complete with 5” and 17” downrods for low or high ceilings, and is available with an optional light kit to serve a dual purpose. Now if your ceiling is lower than most, the Altus Hugger Ceiling Fan is a viable option for your space, as it only hangs down 12″ from the ceiling. The Altus Hugger incorporates the same sleek, modern styling and is ideal for any design scheme, rustic or contemporary.
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Schoolhouse pendants seem to go hand in hand with the concept of an industrial farmhouse. These lights have the ability to bring us all back to a simpler time, where high bay fluorescent lights weren’t even around yet. The warmth of their frosted globes were sure to have witnessed countless happy memories. Don’t let their name fool you either, these vintage style pendants weren’t only found in schoolhouses – but also diners, libraries and city hall offices.
Some of these lights can be found all over America, but finding one in good condition could be quite the challenge. They may need to be cleaned, refinished or rewired. Fortunately, Barn Light Electric carries many solutions to this potential problem – in many forms!
Schoolhouse pendants like the Brevard and the Volusia are ideal for the homeowner who needs room for customization. While we may recommend choosing Bronze or Satin Steel as the finish for the stem, a Red or Cruiser Green finish might be the perfect choice for a 1950′s diner.
If you need your new schoolhouse pendant quickly, no need to worry. We offer quite a few options in our Discount Barn Lighting category online. Here you can find the option for a single pendant light, a three light chandelier or even a wall sconce. These discount lights are available in classic finishes, only adding to their authentic look. Ready for another added bonus? These fixtures are kept in stock and will ship within 3 business days of order! Keeping with the theme, we also have the Schoolhouse Ceiling Fan, utilizing the same frosted globe and great for larger, open areas.
All of the above mentioned schoolhouse lights come with a minimal price tag, considering their quality of construction. And who knows, maybe with the help of schoolhouse lighting, your little ones won’t need to be poked and prodded into doing homework at night!
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