Spring is lurking just around the corner and you’re getting the itch. Not the allergy kind. It’s more of the itch to give your home a fresh look. And two of the most powerful options at your disposal, even if you’re not an avid DIYer, are color and lighting. So let’s breathe some new life into one of the most used rooms in the house — the kitchen.
Perhaps you’ve grown tired of builder beige on the walls. Bring home some of those sample bottles of paint and splash it around. Be bold! Try something new! Live with it for a week and see how the colors look at different times of the day. With minimal investment, you might just find the perfect shade!Read More
Owning a successful business means putting your merchandise or services in the best possible light. That does not translate into simply flooding your space with as much wattage as you can afford.
Whether you own a retail boutique, a casual eatery, or an office supply store, your commercial lighting plan should help customers maneuver safely through your establishment while easily taking in all you have to offer in an inviting atmosphere.Read More
“Master the mix” could become the interior design mantra for 2014. The art of being able to mix old and new elements for an updated, yet classic design is the goal for many homeowners looking for the latest amenities in their spaces yet longing for vintage character too. In this industrial farmhouse kitchen, the exposed beams and vintage chairs around the farm table speak to years gone by while modern shelving and sleek stainless appliances add a modern touch. The RLM-style warehouse shades also breathe a whisper from the past with their generous span of light focusing on the center work station.Read More
Now that fall has officially arrived, we can’t help but take a quick glance in the rear view mirror. We held a Photo Contest this summer and we had some amazing entries from customers who were happy to show off their renovation, remodeling, and building projects. One of our winners was Rebecca Groulx, from Minnetonka, Minnesota. We simply fell in love with the look of her new garage. “We tore down a garden shed and built the new garage designed by our architect Chad Vugteveen,” Rebecca says.Read More
So now that you are familiar with all the wonderful characteristics of porcelain enamel lighting, you’ve decided to take the plunge! As one of the hardest and longest lasting finishes you can buy, porcelain enamel is the best choice for exterior lighting, but that oh-so-shiny surface makes it stylish enough for indoor applications too. But how do you decide which fixture is right for your space? Look no further than Barn Light Electric’s Pinterest boards for inspiration!
There you can find all sorts of lights collected on boards categorized by color, room, and design. For example, if your garage could use some task lighting, check out our Home Exteriors and Garage Design board. This beautiful red Ivanhoe™ Avalon Warehouse Porcelain Pendant adds the perfect splash of color to this utilitarian space.
Or if sprucing up your kids’ room is on the chore list for this fall, consider our Bunk and Bedroom Decor board where you’ll find loads of inspiration like this delightful yellow and gray nursery topped off with a Benjamin™ Dino Porcelain Stem Mount Light. That porcelain finish will be much easier to keep clean than a two-year-old!
We also have Pinterest boards classified by color so if you know what color you’re looking for, browse our color boards for the perfect fixture. The I Dream of Jadite board is quite popular as the creamy mint color is one of the hottest design colors of the year. Aren’t these Jadite Benjamin™ Bomber Pendants just gorgeous?
And if you just like to browse design boards, don’t miss the Utilitarian Chic board which features a pin of our adorable Porcelain Enamel Cups. These handy vessels are perfect for ice cream and juice or as decorative vases for all your fall flowers! Be inspired!Read More
So you know all about the power of porcelain enamel — it’s super shiny, highly durable, and is easy to keep clean. It will never fade even in direct sun, and the coating of porcelain enamel glass over the steel shade prevents corrosion. When compared to other finish options for lighting fixtures, it’s hard to beat porcelain. And while we offer a beautiful palette of colors to choose from in our line of porcelain enamel lighting, perhaps you’re looking for something with a little more personality than a solid color.
Two of our most popular porcelain fixtures — the Ivanhoe™ Sinclair and the Ivanhoe™ Conoco — are both available with a Graniteware finish and an interesting history. Back in the late 1800s, two brothers, immigrants from Germany, started the St. Louis Stamping Factory which produced pots and pans crafted from tin. On a trip back to Europe, one of the brothers learned how to apply porcelain enamel to their line of products and they began producing graniteware which got its name because ground-up granite was used in the coating. The business took off as customers loved the durability and look of the new finish. When the brothers had trouble expanding in St. Louis, they purchased a large tract of land in Illinois just across the Mississippi River and created Granite City.
Today, you can own a piece of history with either of these beautiful American made porcelain fixtures. The Ivanhoe™ Conoco Graniteware Porcelain Pendant is available in three shade sizes and four variations of finish colors — a Black finish with White flecks, Black with Jadite and White flecks, a Jadite finish with Black and White flecks, and a bold Cobalt Blue finish with White flecks.
The Ivanhoe™ Sinclair Graniteware Porcelain Pendant comes in four shade sizes and, along with these finish options, also has a Red finish option with Black flecks. Both of these fixtures also come with cord options such as a colored cotton twist cord or a unique stem-and-loop mounting. And no matter how you choose to finish these lights, they will provide years of brilliant, low-maintenance style to any residential or commercial setting!