The wall sconce has come a long way since the medieval days of glowing torches lining long, dark hallways in the castle. No other light is more versatile in helping create the proper mood in a room by offering a spot of light just where you need it.
Wall sconces are often a critical piece of the puzzle when interior designers layer light in a room. Achieving the proper balance among different types of lights helps create the mood — too much light makes a room feel sterile while too little light makes a space less inviting and less safe to maneuver in.
And while some light fixtures serve specific needs and spaces, the utilitarian wall sconce resides quite... Read More
Industrial wall lighting was once all about function. Warehouses and factories needed rugged lights that made the working environment safer and could stand up to the harsh conditions where they were installed. The original guard-and-glass type fixtures and vapor proof lights were designed to protect the bulb from the hazardous work environments of the day.
These classic industrial designs are wildly popular today not only because of their rugged nature, but because these handsome wall lights can be customized to suit almost any style of home or commercial brand. You don’t have to settle for basic black or galvanized anymore!
Barn Light Electric’s... Read More
Many stout-hearted homeowners tackle major renovations with big dreams. But sometimes, even with the deep pockets that big dreams require, some renovations are doomed from the start. When Jeff and his wife Stephanie, of Columbus, Ohio, purchased a cottage at Indian Lake, they initially planned a major remodel of the structure. But when they discovered the foundation was severely deteriorated, they decided to tear it down and start over.
“We built a 1,000-square-foot, cottage-style lake house that has some vintage, barn-style characteristics,” says Jeff, president of Chester A. Smith Marble & Granite Company, an 86-year-old marble and granite fabricator... Read More
If you follow the Barn Light Electric Facebook page, you may have noticed a photo yesterday from one of our favorite north-of-the-border designers — Alykhan Velji of Calgary, Canada. We featured Aly’s special touch in a previous blog post when he created a nursery using a sophisticated palette of grey and white then highlighted the space with brilliant yellow accents. Aly has worked his magic again in a child’s space, this time a bathroom, where the color yellow makes another splash.
Q: Was this a new space or a remodel?
A: This bath, located in a Calgary home, was a renovation, a reconfiguration of sorts.
Q: What were some of the considerations or... Read More
Ah, the poor powder room. It’s one of the smallest rooms in the house and often ignored when it comes to lighting. In creating or renovating a powder room, most people focus on stylish tile or fancy faucets rather than the lighting that will help guests navigate the space. Even if you don’t have a constant stream of guests, the powder room probably gets used every single day by family members making a quick pit stop instead of heading off to the big bathroom upstairs.
When today’s Featured Customer in Bonney Lake, Washington, decided to renovate her powder room, she knew she didn’t want run-of-the-mill vanity lighting.
“I remodeled the... Read More