Each year, Barn Light Electric holds a B.L.O.G. contest — that’s Barn Light Online Giveaway — where we ask bloggers to browse our website, pick out their favorite lights, then tell their readers why they would love them in their own home. Our 2012 first place winner was Rachel who blogs at Maybe Matilda. She and her husband are updating a mid-90s home and infusing it with their own style. Rachel is aiming for the inviting and comfortable look of a country farmhouse so barn lighting fits her style perfectly. And as it turned out, Rachel won our B.L.O.G. contest — on her birthday!Read More
Chandeliers have come a long way since they were first used in the Middle Ages and consisted of little more than candles secured to a wooden platform hoisted above the dining table. Once associated only with the wealthy who could afford to light their spaces at night, chandeliers became popular among the common folk with the advent of gas and eventually electricity. The wooden platform gave way to more circular designs crafted from metal, then advances in glass making led to the very popular and often intricate crystal chandelier designs.Read More
When you hear the word “chandelier” does something large, elegant, and formal with a dozen individual light bulbs come to mind? Then you haven’t checked out our collection of Barn Chandeliers which are among the most popular we sell here at Barn Light Electric. Influenced by the nostalgic Railroad Era, this classic line of chandelier lighting mixes warehouse shades with industrial and western characteristics. Several of our distinctive shade designs have been combined to create each unique unit.
This kitchen, for example, boasts a chandelier very much like our Robin Hood 2-Light Chandelier which provides plenty of lighting over this island workspace. Each shade measures 9″ across so together they throw a generous amount of light without overpowering the space. The decorative center piece along with the arching metalwork add industrial touches to this fixture which would be perfect not only for the kitchen island but over the dining room table as well. The Robin Hood is available in four finishes — Satin Steel, Galvanized, Rosewood, and Polished Brass — and is chain hung.
If your home has an open floor plan where you can see easily from one room to another, you might consider installing complementary fixtures in adjoining rooms. The best thing about our entire collection of pendants, chandeliers, sconces, and gooseneck lights is that you can often find a matching fixture to carry a certain look throughout your space. For a matching look to the Robin Hood Chandelier, check out the Colby Pendant which features the same shade design in a cord hung or stem mount pendant. It comes in more than 40 finish colors so you can choose a matching finish or simply a complementary color for another room. For the hallway in between? The Colby Sconce has a sleek, flared shade with the same intricate details as the pendant and chandelier lighting all in a space saving wall light!
Top photo courtesy Johnson & Associates Architects, Inc.Read More
We love the look of this modern kitchen with its creamy tile backsplash and the handsome dark wood cabinetry that gives us just a peek through textured glass of what’s inside. The sleek lines of the cabinet doors are uninterrupted by pulls of any sort, and the deep color of the wood is offset by the lighter counters and shiny stainless stove. A fashionable space such as this cries out for a sophisticated lighting plan over the island where guests have a front row seat to what the chef is creating. A Chandelier tends to have a more formal look than pendant lighting and are a natural choice for a modern space.
This chandelier definitely sparked our interest, however, because it has a great rustic vibe and closely resembles our Warehouse 3-Light Chandelier The Thunder, a beautiful offering in our collection of Barn Chandeliers. This classic line of fixtures is influenced by the nostalgic Railroad Era and mixes warehouse shades with distinctive western characteristics. The Thunder comes in four finish options — satin steel, galvanized, rosewood, or polished brass — each offering a slightly different look.
Need something a bit larger for the dining room table? Check out the Warehouse 5-Light Chandelier The Thunder 2. This light features five shades to provide a wider span of light and comes in the same finish colors as the three-light version plus a polished brass/copper option. You’ll never miss a trick if you hang one of these over the poker table in the game room!
All of our commercial-grade chandeliers can be chain hung or stem mounted for wet locations. In addition to the Barn Chandeliers, we offer rustic, vintage, and modern styles. If you have something special in mind, give our sales staff a call, and they’ll help you create a light that’s perfect for your space. No matter which style you choose, your new chandelier will add a great designer touch!
Top photo courtesy of Olin RedmonRead More
When planning for an open kitchen and dining room, coordinating your main elements is key. The two spaces must flow harmoniously and utilize similar colors and textures. You may recall our featured customer Jocelyn from a few weeks ago. We presented you with the beautiful exterior of her home that was highlighted by our gooseneck lights and outdoor sconces near the front door.
Judging by the face of her home, Jocelyn has great taste in design – no doubt about it. So when she later sent us photos of her kitchen and dining room, it was a must that we share it with you. Her Lake Geneva, Michigan home was a new build, allowing her to control every detail – from the flooring all the way to the indoor lights.Read More