A seaside home can take on a number of different personalities from your basic beachy style to a high-end yacht look. Common themes, however, that run through many beach homes include plenty of windows, a color palette of crisp white mixed with blues and greens, and nautical style lighting.
This gorgeous home, located in Narrangansett, Rhode Island, is a bit further up the scale from “basic” but, with some interesting lighting choices both inside and out, takes on a style that gives a nod to its waterfront roots plus a hint of industrial style too. The home was renovated under the careful eyes of Ronald F. DiMauro Architects and Pastore Builders.
In one of the living areas, the team chose the Amidships Bulkhead Wall Mount Light to flank the television cabinet and windows.
“The bulkhead lights contribute to the nautical style,” says Laurie Keene. “Having the industrial look of these fixtures inside the home makes the nautical feeling more beachy.” These bulkhead fixtures were customized with a Black finish and a frost ribbed lens which provide a nice contrast against the white walls.
The master bedroom features an octagonal design with a vaulted ceiling to take every possible advantage of the stunning view.
“We didn’t want one large fixture hanging from the center, so the bullet lighting was a way to have interesting fixtures on the vaulted ceiling,” Laurie explains. The Bullet Cast Guard is a compact sconce that provides plenty of light through its rugged cast guard design. The glass can be customized with frosted, ribbed, or colored options. For a sleeker look, the Bullet Wire Guard offers the same compact style with slender wire guards.
“Goosenecks are long, thin and protrude off the wall,” Laurie says. “We liked that the barn sconces are stout. They fit better with the exterior massing.” The team chose an oil rubbed bronze finish for the wall sconces.
“The finish looks great against the white paint and gave a slightly higher scale cottage feel,” Laurie adds. With so many lighting choices to make when building or renovating, Laurie offers this advice to homeowners.
“Size up! We choose larger sizes than you would think in order to make any space, interior or exterior, human scale,” she says. “Our exterior fixtures are usually at least 16″. We feel that oversized and appropriate lighting fixtures can really add to the detailing of the building.”
The new year is swiftly approaching, which means it’s time to make some resolutions for 2014. If you’re simply stumped on what to do, how about making the resolution to purchase quality, American-made lighting! With the help of our staff and friends, we picked 12 of our favorite products to go alone with our 12 Day Holiday Sale!
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This week’s Style Me Sunday ushers in a little summer warmth to ease your chilly winter blues. And there’s no better light than our new Sydney shades to do this! Its nautical style is reminiscent of our favorite oceanic holidays—and is the perfect fixture for this eclectic space.
Whether located in your back porch or living room, outdoor furniture like this Wicker Lane White Chair adds lots of texture and detail. Fresh foliage is another element that brings the outdoors in and enlivens your senses.
Crisp and clean cobalt blue-and-white patterns often make cameo appearances in nautical spaces, but we’re adding a little twist with this Arbre Chinois fabric. We love the way this fabric coordinates with the chinoiserie planter from the Inspiration Image without clashing with the overall look.
Looking for a fun way to display your favorite findings? Try hanging them as wall ornamentation! We love this Octopus Print from Etsian littlebluebirdstudios. And don’t forget wall sconces — Captain Ahab would be envious of this Admidships Bulkhead Wall Mount Light Fixture’s patina finish!
Fill your Canvas Baskets with Handles with shells, sea-glass, or other collectibles for a great conversational piece!
The classic styling of an RLM warehouse shade has long been a popular choice for both residential and commercial lighting venues where a downward focus of light is desirable. Think restaurant tables and retail store displays on the commercial side and kitchen islands and front porches on the residential side. The bowl shape of the warehouse shade keeps the light directed down, not splashing onto the next table or into the neighbor’s front yard. But sometimes you a bit of uplighting add visual interest to a fixture and provides more light to a space.Read More
For centuries sailors and ship patrons have benefited from the use of portholes to reduce the claustrophobic feeling that can often be experienced when below deck. The use of portholes continues today with the latest cruise ships that come out of port, providing natural lighting and a glimpse out to the open waters below. Taking a page out of the maritime handbook, this series of nautical wall sconces focus on eliminating the closed space and darkness that often plagues rooms with little light or no windows. By providing lighting through the convex glass domes of this series of marine lights, the impression of sunlight permeating through is achieved with rustic style and solid American craftsmanship. Each light in this series comes in various sizes and styles to fit any desired mounting location with a choice of high quality finishes to set these lights apart from other nautical lights on the market.Read More