4 Lighting Ideas From Dream Home Makeover
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4 Lighting Ideas From Dream Home Makeover

Lighting inspiration from our Netflix show.

Lighting plays a large role in how a design comes together.

If you’ve watched our Netflix show “Dream Home Makeover,” you might have noticed that lighting is one of the most important selections we consider when working with a client.

Whether it’s a statement-making pendant in the kitchen or a subtle sconce in an unexpected corner, the right lighting can pull everything together to create a balanced and dimensional look.

Here are a few lighting ideas you may have missed from “Dream Home Makeover”:

No. 1: Play with scale to make a lighting statement.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with scale to make your lighting the focal point of the space. Sometimes throwing out the “rules” when it comes to sizing lends the best results.

In “Dream Home Makeover,” we choose a few oversized lighting pieces for everything from kitchen pendants to console table lamps to add interest and elevate the overall look and feel.

4 Lighting Ideas From Dream Home Makeover

From the Sunset House Kitchen. 

"We did these massive gold dome pendants over the island in our Sunset House kitchen, and you see them as soon as you walk in. I love how they amp up the white kitchen look."

Shea McGee
4 Lighting Ideas From Dream Home Makeover

From our Cliffside Netflix Remodel. 

4 Lighting Ideas From Dream Home Makeover

From our Historic Netflix Kitchen Remodel. 

Statement-making lighting

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Tulane Chandelier
Clemens Pendant
Admiral Pendant
Piero Chandelier

No. 2: Try subtle lighting to accentuate other elements.

Although we’re all for creating visual drama with lighting, sometimes the best lighting looks are the ones that let other elements shine. If there’s something you love about the space you’re designing, whether it’s your windows, wall color, or island stain, using a subtle lighting piece that blends into your design can allow the eye to rest on a different visual element.

We implemented this idea in a few of our projects from “Dream Home Makeover,” and we love how it creates balance from room to room.

4 Lighting Ideas From Dream Home Makeover

From our Midcentury Loft Netflix Remodel. 

4 Lighting Ideas From Dream Home Makeover

From the Lozano Kitchen Netflix Remodel. 

4 Lighting Ideas From Dream Home Makeover

From our Moody & Bright Netflix Remodel. 

Streamlined lighting pieces

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Go lightly Chandelier
Bryant Billiard Light
Floyd Pendant
Nabu Metal Floor Lamp

No. 3: Add character with unexpected lighting moments.

Layered lighting can go a long way in bringing a thoughtful touch to your home. In “Dream Home Makeover,” we used sconces to illuminate different areas that may have been looked over otherwise.

If you have an empty wall that could use some extra love or you want to highlight a detail like art, a built-in, or an architectural feature, adding a sconce can be a great way to do so.

4 Lighting Ideas From Dream Home Makeover
4 Lighting Ideas From Dream Home Makeover

From the Sunset House basement.

4 Lighting Ideas From Dream Home Makeover

From the Home on The Ranch Library. 

"I love that we incorporated task lights on the built-in to illuminate the items below and bring character to the space."

SHEA MCGE
4 Lighting Ideas From Dream Home Makeover

From the Sunset house entryway. 

Character-building scones

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French Library Sconce
Carey Rail Sconce
Keil Swing Arm Wall Light
Winslow Sconce
Robbie Sconce

No. 4: Use lighting to add warmth in cool spaces.

When designing light and bright spaces or spaces with cooler tones, lighting can be a great way to bring some warmth and draw attention to details from flooring to built-ins to create a more balanced dimensional look. In “Dream Home Makeover,” we used warm materials like brass and wood to create contrast and bring an inviting feeling.

4 Lighting Ideas From Dream Home Makeover

From our Open & Airy Netflix Kitchen Remodel.

4 Lighting Ideas From Dream Home Makeover

From the Cliffside Netflix Remodel. 

4 Lighting Ideas From Dream Home Makeover

From the Sunset House Kitchen. 

Warm hued lighting picks

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Earthshine Brass Pendant
Edmund Pendant
Bryden Pendant
Winslow Table Lamp
Terrace Floor Lamp
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