Common Outdoor Lighting Mistakes and Their Solutions

Upgrading your home’s exterior lighting is a surefire way to increase your home’s curb appeal and resell value. And a well-lit front lawn can also deter would-be burglars. Most of all the outdoor lighting of one’s home adds a welcoming touch for family and guests. Here you can learn about outdoor lighting trends, common lighting problems and their solutions, and things to consider when selecting outdoor lighting fixtures.

First and foremost, it’s important to give a considerable amount of thought to the placement of your outdoor lights. Just as you would not place several lighting fixtures like table lamps or wall sconces in a single area of your living room, you don’t want to place exterior fixtures too close together either. This is a common problem when integrating pathlights into your outdoor lighting solution. Too many pathlights, too close together can make your walkway look more like the runway at an airport. Instead of placing the lights directly opposite one another on either end, try a staggered approach. The light will flow less harshly.

Another common mistake in selecting outdoor lights is in finding the proper lighting direction, or limiting “light pollution”. Outdoor lights should not obstruct one’s vision or interfere with one being able to see the entire landscape of a yard or area clearly. On a similar note, the lights should not shine directly into the road or a neighboring yard either. To avoid such issues, look for spotlights with glare guards.

Just as it would be boring to find the same exact lamp in every room of one’s home, it’s boring to see the same outdoor lighting fixture repeated throughout the yard. It can make the home appear institutional as opposed to personal. Use a wide variety of fixtures to light your yard; it will enhance the character and charm of your home.

Be sure to balance your home’s exterior lighting. Another common mistake in outdoor lighting placement, is to inadvertently divide the yard by placing too many lights in one area and too little in another. You want to evenly distribute light throughout the canvas of your home. You don’t want your yard looking like a parking lot.

Finally, like most things in home décor, less is more. Outdoor lighting should call attention to the beautiful and unique features of your home. It should not be intrusive. Proper outdoor lighting calls attention to various parts of your home’s exterior, not the entire surface area. Over illumination is never attractive indoor or outdoor.

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Minka Group – The Art of Decorative Lighting & Fans

Who says you can’t be all things to all people? The Minka Group family of businesses offers decorative lighting and fans to serve any style, function or price point. Products from the Minka Group are available under the brand names Minka-Lavery®, Metropolitan™, Ambience®, Minka-Aire®, The Great Outdoors® and George Kovacs®. Each brand offers the same quality and workmanship that are synonymous with the Minka name.

Here are just a few items from each brand that illustrate the breadth of assortment & superior design:

Minka-Lavery offers an extensive collection of creative designs and timeless classics. Their collections include chandeliers, flush & semi flush lighting, bathroom lighting, pendant lighting and outdoor lighting. Hundreds of Energy Star certified fixtures are available for indoor & outdoor use. If you are looking for portable lamps & décor, you will now find Ambience® under the Minka-Lavery brand.

Ambience by Minka-Lavery offers timeless design, style, and function in lighting, mirrors and decorative accessories. Ambience offers affordable fashion that ranges from pieces that are highly ornate and traditional, to pieces that are sleek & contemporary.

Minka-Aire – “The art of air management.” Fans are offered in a broad range of unique designs that utilize form, function and fashion. They offer fans that are not only great looking and powerful, but are also extremely quiet.

Metropolitan Lighting offers antique reproduction lighting fixtures from alabaster, brass, bronze, iron, wood and mouth blown glass. They offer the perfect fixtures to add classic elegance & romance to your space.

George Kovacs has been known for high quality, contemporary lighting for more than 50 years. Simplicity, subtle sophistication and clean lines help to define the George Kovaks style.

Ten Ways to Make Your Bedroom More Romantic

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so the Bellacor team has put together a list of 10 ways to make your bedroom more romantic.

In lieu of a headboard, choose a rich romantic fabric like oriental brocade in light gold or pink. By fastening the fabric on three large canvases and hanging them above your bed, you can create the illusion of a headboard. The delicate pink and gold tones create a soft focal point.

Bright lights in the bedroom are obtrusive. For a more romantic (and less operating room like) glow, consider installing a romantic French inspired chandelier. Hanging just above your bed, it gives your room a Parisian feel, and can set the mood for a very romantic evening.

Few things are as romantic as the warm glow emitted by candlelight. A set of gold finish candle holders on your bedside add to your décor without looking gaudy.

Let your bed take center stage by mixing and matching floral or pink hued toss pillows trimmed with lace.

An easy way to add color and dress up a bare accent table is to add an assortment of wild flowers. It’s traditional, simple, and won’t break the bank.

Cozy up with your Valentine next to a warm fire. Fireplaces in the bedroom contribute to a luxurious and romantic setting.

Accent furniture in white or ivory lends an air of romance to the bedroom especially when paired with splashes of pastel décor.

Room dividers or decorative silk screens can add color or serve as a focal point to a bland room. They also result in a very French, very romantic feel.

Sticking with the soft and delicate theme, use sheer wispy curtains in a light color as opposed to drab heavy ones. It may not be a total show stopper, but burlap sacks covering your windows doesn’t exactly set the mood.

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