Lighting Options For A New House

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Dear How to Decorate,

I am building a house and I need light fixtures. I am wondering what coordinates on your website with the ones I like:

LC644 3 – for the kitchen breakfast bar

LC766 for the dining room; however, does this coordinate with the above fixtures listed? It doesn’t seem to but it won’t be right next to any of them.

LW526 2 for master bath but is there a small chandelier to coordinate with in the bath and then in the master entry hallway and in the master bedroom? Or LC724 in the master bath with coordinating two scones in the master bath and fixtures for the other areas listed.

I also have three boys’ rooms, one family room, one living room, one entry way that need fixtures.

The first photo is the entryway, the second photo is one boy’s room and the third photo is family room with breakfast bar future site in foreground.

Thank you,


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Hi Moira,

We are excited that you are building a new house! What a fun adventure …

Your family room has loads of natural light so consider using recessed lights and table lamps in your area instead of a ceiling fixture. A fabulous table lamp is our Malia Seeded Lamp. Your choice of the Brockton Mini Pendant is a practical and simple solution for the kitchen breakfast bar.

Since your dining is separated from the kitchen, we think the Vernay Chandelier in Oil Rubbed Bronze is a great choice.

For your entryway, consider our Owen Chandelier. We love the way the horizontal profile plays off of your long rectangular window above the front entrance.


The boys’ rooms can go many different directions depending on the theme or decorating style of the room.
We think the Chase Ceiling fixture looks very masculine.

For a bit of whimsy in another room, consider using the Star Ceiling fixture … especially in multiples. Our suggestions is to create a unique shape on the ceiling and use the light to punctuate the corners!


We are sure that with three boys your master lighting fixtures need to give an air of soothing calm.

We like your choice of the Emmeline Wall Sconce for the bathroom and think the Emmeline Chandelier will be stunning in the master bedroom!

For the master entry, consider the Mariah Ceiling Mount as a go-to piece.

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Have fun planning and Happy Decorating!

The How to Decorate Team

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    May 23, 2013

    Thank you! I will contact you again soon about furniture!

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    May 21, 2013

    Also should my light fixtures coordinate with my faucet, etc. finishes in the bathroom or door hardware in other rooms? Is there a rule on this issue? Thanks!!

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      May 22, 2013

      It is not necessary for your light fixtures to match the finish of your plumbing fixtures but you want the finishes to work together to create a cohesive look. Style Studio Team

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    May 21, 2013

    Thank you! I love the Emmeline fixtures however they are no long available in that color. I found the Verdi sconces and think I should pair 2 of them on either side of a mirror (in a row with 3 mirrors over the vanity) with a Verdi chandelier (which one?) and abandon my choice of the Antoinette Petite for the Master Bath (17″ x 7″). It doesn’t seem like the Verdi scones would coordinate with the Antoinette Petite? My master bath is gray and white.
    Then the Waldorf 6 or 12 light chandelier for the master bedroom which is 20.5″ x 13.6″. The room is light blue.
    Also do you think the Sinclair chandelier is a good choice for the powder room (11″x 6″) which is just off the hallway with the Mariah ceiling mount.
    Thank you for your help!

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      May 22, 2013

      Moira: Mount the Verdi 3-light Mirrored Sconce on top of your mirror for a stunning result! Continue by using the Petite Verdi Chandelier in the master bathroom and the Waldorf 6 Arm Chandelier for the bedroom. We suggest pairing the Sinclair Chandelier in the powder room with the Margeaux Ceiling Mount for the hallway. – Style Studio Team

      • Moira

        May 22, 2013

        Thank you!

        What are your thoughts on lighting for a front entry that is 9 ft by 5 ft with 13 ft ceiling? I was thinking of the large Orb in bronze. The front doors are double–no windows but there is a long rectangular window above the doors (first picture attached). Thanks

      • Miriam

        May 23, 2013

        Moira: Consider two things … how the lighting fixture relates to your rectangular window and the amount of vertical space in which you are working. The Orb Chandelier is a stunning piece but we suggest considering the smaller size to allow for good clearance above the door. – Style Studio Team