SHOULD LIGHT FIXTURES MATCH THROUGHOUT THE HOUSE?
The answer to this burning question is no. You don't need to perfectly match the light fixtures in your home; however, while all light fixtures need not look exactly alike, they should share common features. It is possible to match the shape, color, materials, styles, or other details in, say your living dining combo, or other open to closed floor plan spaces. 'In my opinion, decorative lighting throughout a home should be curated to coordinate but not match,' says Reena Sotropa, founder of Reena Sotropa in House Design Group. 'Your home is an extension of you, your family, and your lifestyle. Your decorative lighting fixtures are like jewelry; an expression of your aesthetic offering a glimpse into who you are. There was a time when we wore matching sets of jewelry, purchased complete suites of furniture, and selected decorative lighting from collections. Today this is not the case – choosing preselected, matching sets of anything is considered uninteresting and a bit lazy.'
CREATE A NATURAL TRANSITION OF LIGHTS
Here's a great way to understand why choosing the same light fixtures can be monotonous. Take, for instance, a statement chandelier suspended in the entryway that makes a great impression on guests. But if the same piece is repeated in the living room or dining room lighting, the novelty and beauty of the piece diminishes. Instead, consider choosing a feature or two (preferably smaller ones like sconces or bulbs), and keep them consistent throughout your home. This will help create a subtle sense of uniformity without seeming too overwhelming.
KEEP THE LIGHTING THEME IN MIND
One great way to coordinate fixtures across the house, including the entrance and hallway lighting, is to ensure that the overall 'feel' of the lights flows well in the home. A modern chandelier in the living room, a country-style wrought iron, or distressed wood pendant in the dining, and industrial-style lights in the kitchen will confuse. Just like how you have a decor or color theme in a house, consider a similar one for lights too.
GO FOR FIXTURES WITH SIMILAR LIGHT TONES
Usually the question of cool light vs warm light crops up when it comes to planning the lighting in the home. Lower the temperature of light, the more it will be in tones of yellow and orange whereas the higher temperature radiates more of the blue tones. Ideally, soft white (2,700 to 3,000 Kelvin), which is warm and yellowish the best type of illumination for the home.
DO'S AND DON'TS OF COORDINATING LIGHTING FIXTURES
When planning the lighting in your home, create a layered scheme with the task, accent, or ambient lighting. Set the mood seamlessly, while creating dimension, and improving the versatility of any given space. Make sure all lights are on a dimmer so you can control the type of illumination being spread across the house. When mixing and coordinating the light fixtures, remember to blend all the finishes as per your taste. The same room should not have a brass and a gunmetal finish as that would look out of place.
Don't overload the house with too many fixtures. Just install the primary fixtures needed for general illumination, and then add on what is needed. An over-lit home can seem cold and uncomfortable. If you're unsure of how many lights are needed in the living room, kitchen or bedroom, perhaps sought the help of an interior designer. In a room or an open floor plan, don't go for fixtures in different colors. Spaces usually get layered with color through walls, furnishings, and flooring. Multiple vibrant fixtures may break the palette of the room and make it seem haphazard. The other big don't is to not go for a fixture just because you love the look of it. Consider the purpose of the light, and think about whether its design and style will look coordinated in your home. Choose a fixture that serves a function as well as your taste.