Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Minka Aire Artemis Fan

This year a range of new and unique lighting design trends are popping up all around the industry adding that special touch to your home’s beautiful interior in both the lighting and interior décor and accessories categories.

One of our favorites right now is the mixing of various textures within your space, like glossy and matte; the combination of soft and hard creates a wonderful accord and an infusion of diverse palettes.

Cyan Slate Stool

Adding Texture is yet another component of interior design that becomes a key element, making a space interesting and inviting. You can add textural depth to your interior by combining items of different materials within your design scheme.
Consider bringing a reflective mix of high gloss elements and compliment that with matte or glossy accessories.

Uttermost High Gloss Lamp

Take this fresh and very modern Minka Aire ceiling fan from the Artemis collection for example; it has an incredibly polished surface with a distinct profile that is finished in a high gloss coating. Complement that texture with tweed furniture, rugs or throws as well as more matte or toned hues like this Cyan Design round matte clay slate stool to add some depth.

Along with those consistencies within your space, feel free to add your own touches of gloss and matte with a vase like these high gloss olive green Cyan vases or Uttermost gloss black table lamp.

Mixing various textures within your space adds more composition and height to your space. Get creative and you choose which arrangements and structures speak to you and you can find your own style and texture to your home.

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Traditional Style Chandelier

In a recent American Lighting Association (ALA) webinar, the question of design and style was discussed and it was clear that lighting styles and design components with lighting is more than often a subjective issue.

Joe Rey-Barreau, architect, lighting designer and associate professor at the University of Kentucky’s College of Design, hosted the webinar and talked about the impending confusion that often takes place between a lighting specialist and the customer.

Contemporary Style Chandelier

Rey-Barreau said discussing styles with customers is sometimes not the best starting off point as people understandably have a different idea of what each style profile looks like to them.

“I will always try to steer the conversation away from styles and toward the elements and principles of design,” Rey-Barreau said. “I say this with all honesty because I find the discussion of styles with customers becomes very, very confusing.”

It is more imperative to get the customers opinion and assessment of what a specific style is, he said.

Here are the primary factors Rey-Barraeu said affect the selection of lighting fixtures:

Style = Aesthetics, how does it look?

Function = Purpose, does it work?

Mood/Behavior = How does it make us feel?

Symbol = What does it mean?

Preferential = The unknown, the decision that someone makes that may make no sense whatsoever.

Instead of focusing on specific styles, retailers should bring up the idea of simple vs. complex and the core principles and elements of design.

Rey-Barreau said the elements of design are: line, shape form, space, direction, size, texture, color, value and contrast. While the principles of design include balance, harmony, unity, contrast, dominance, repetition and emphasis.

“Design and styles can be very, very useful, and very fun,” Rey-Barreau said. “But, again, think more about the simplicity of what defines an object rather than what we call the object.”

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Dining Room Lighting

Lighting should be focused around how a room is used and furniture placement plays a key role in your fixture size and location; this is especially true for fixtures that drop over tables or counter tops. Fixtures for specific rooms in your home must be sized appropriately based on both the size of the space as well as table size; this is why when furniture changes the fixture may look disproportionate.

Have you ever walked into a dining room and noticed the fixture was not centered over the table? This often happens a lot when people add a hutch or china cabinet and slide the table over to keep spacing on both sides even and adding a leaf to the table will have the same effect. Center your lights over how you have your table placed in your space on a daily basis, not how it is placed for holidays or special occasions.

General lighting in a room can also be affected by furniture placement. A centered fixture, whether it is a flush mount or a chandelier, will not be affected. This is more of an issue when you have recessed lighting or spotlights highlighting certain areas. If you move your furnishings often, opt for an overall general ceiling light and use temporary and portable table lamps and floor lamps to add accent lighting, rather than adding wall sconces and directional cans.

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Modern Fan Altus

Both Modern Fan Company and Period Arts Fan Company offer high quality fans with clean contemporary design. Both companies design high performance fans with quiet and steady motors. Modern Fan Company consists of a more contemporary and simple style; their fans feature basic geometric shapes mostly in matte silver and white. Many of the Modern Fan Company’s products have minimalist conceptions with three or four blades and they remain above fashion and trends offering ceiling fans that will be relevant for years to come.

The Period Arts line brings traditional finishes and materials to a clean and contemporary design. These fans are authentic designs of the late nineteenth and early twentieth-century architectural movements. They offer the best of both worlds – period design with modern technology.

Both Modern Fan Company and Period Arts have great specifications, offering all their fans with a la carte options. It is extremely easy to select the exact fan you need for each room; blade size and color, fan finish, light selection and control options are all individually selected – simply select the options you need based on the room size and style.

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Updated Kitchen Lighting

Is your home in need of an update? Do you still have the original builder grade light fixtures that came with your home? A dark and shadowy space can make a home feel dated, cramped and dirty, but don’t worry because there are some easy techniques to give your house a makeover, making it more modern and creating a style that is more current.

Updated Living Room Lighting

One way to completely change your space is to throw out the shiny brass and beveled glass light fixtures you’ve probably had for so long. Besides being dated, these fixtures tend to be too small for the space and do not have enough light output; larger more proportioned fixtures will modernize your space. In addition to removing your dated fixtures, consider adding the right amount of both task and ambient lighting to your space, this will add layers to the areas of your home. Ambient and task lighting will also add to the perceived square footage of your home by brightening and lightening it up. To make a space feel larger you will want to make sure you have lighting in at least three of the four corners of a room; this can also be achieved by using a combination of table and floor lamps and even leveled wall sconces. Wall sconces will allow you to create a layered look by turning some of them on or dimming them depending on the desired look you want to achieve. Dimmers are another simple way to update your lighting and by installing dimmers, you can get the bright, crisp and clean look of today while also dialing the brightness to your space down for a more calming environment. Dimmers are also great energy savers as they allow you to only use the light that you need in that specific area of your home.

LEDs are also a great energy saver; your current light fixtures can be updated by retrofitting LED bulbs instead of incandescent or fluorescent bulbs. Many LEDs are rated for 25 years of average usage and they use about one tenth of the electricity of an incandescent bulb and are dimmable like their counterparts. Lighting accounts for more than 25 percent of a home’s energy, so switching to LED bulbs will yield significant savings. LED tape lights are a wonderful source for LED lighting and are very small and inconspicuous; they can be placed in book shelves creating accent lighting that will add dimension to a space. Home lighting today should be comfortable, easily controlled and energy efficient.

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Ambient Lighting

Lighting is no longer just about lighting up a space with general lighting, it has become so much more than that – designer lighting is meant to enhance a space and add purpose to your home. With the various kinds and styles of lighting come alternative lighting designs and variations other than general lighting or ambient lighting. Other common stylish lighting distinctions are task lighting, which would be achieved with lamps on a desk or pendants over an island. Accent lighting and decorative lighting are two more types of lighting that create depth and interest in a space – accent lighting is used to accentuate an object or element in a space like picture lights over paintings or puck lights in glass cabinets; decorative lighting is purely ornamental, one of the most common applications is cove lighting above cabinets or in tray ceilings.

There are different designer lights that can create these various lighting types in a space, the most common being chandeliers and lamps. You can also consider using different style like flush and semi-flush fixtures that sit closer to the ceiling. For accent and task lighting, wall sconces are a great choice and add wonderful depth to your space and pin lights, which are small compact lights, are typically used for accent and decorative lighting. With your outdoor areas, consider wall lanterns or outdoor hanging lanterns to hang from the ceiling or wall. When picking out your designer lighting it is important to consider the function you want, size and materials of the light and how they will fit in with the current décor of the space.

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Cyan Design Treviso Chandelier


Popular lighting finishes are forever changing to coordinate with the evolving styles and trends of today. Finally there is a finish that compliments every space – white light fixtures are ever so versatile that they feel modern in an edgy downtown loft and chic in a vintage country cottage.

A classic crystal chandelier instantly becomes chic when it is turned white, like in the Murray Feiss Chateau Blanc collection as well as fixtures like the Cyan Design Treviso white chandelier shown here. Other white blown glass designs add sophistication and a classic touch to any space, like the glossy white rod iron effect in Crystorama’s Solaris collection; it has a retro and modern flair.

White goes with every palette – remember, white can add a clean, bright element to brighten a dark space or soften loud colors and textures and a modern or vintage feel can be created when added to a monochromatic or simple white space. When creating your lighting design plan, don’t forget you always have white to brighten up your home.

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Whether you’re remodeling or just looking for a more efficient way to light your home, there are far better economical ways to do so. Here are some of our most helpful tips on starting an energy efficient lighting plan from our most knowledgeable lighting professionals.

Energy Efficient Lighting

You can save energy and keep your home stylish and comfortable with just the right amount of light easily these days as there are plenty of energy efficient lighting options out on the market. Make that simple switch from traditional lighting to LEDs, ENERGY STAR qualified lighting, CFLs of fluorescents – changing this aspect of your lighting scheme will truly help you strive to become more energy efficient and most importantly save you money on your energy costs.

Consider adding dimmers or lights with photoelectric lighting controls, such as motion or occupancy sensors to routinely turn off your lights.

Worried about the style of these new energy efficient lighting options? Well, there shouldn’t be a worry in the world with what manufacturers have been coming out with in the efficient lighting sector of design. Brands like Hinkley Lighting with its line of modern landscape lighting and Tech Lighting with its wide range of low-voltage and line-voltage pendants and fixtures strive to create designs that not only are efficient but also very tasteful when it comes to your interior home décor.

According to epa.gov, if every American home swapped their five most used light fixtures or bulbs with ENERGY STAR we would save about $8 billion each year in energy costs.

Here are some fun facts from energystar.gov:

- With energy savings of 75 percent or more, you can save about $6 per bulb or about $14 a fixture annually on your energy bill.

- By replacing your home’s five most frequently used light fixtures or the bulbs in them with models that have earned ENERGY STAR, you can save $70 each year.

- The average U.S. home has about 30 light fixtures; making the switch can earn you more than $400 savings per year on your electric bill.

- An LED downlight in your newborn’s nursery will last until he or she leaves for college.

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Even though Valentine’s Day has passed and the chance to surprise your loved with your romantic side on that momentous day will have to wait a year doesn’t mean you can’t learn some new and romantical lighting tips; special, romantic lighting and decorating trends for you and your significant other to enjoy from our very knowledgeable lighting professionals.

Romantic Lighting

Mood lighting for any space within your home is necessary to create that ideal lighting for two. Creating the right lighting can be as simple as changing the color of your light bulb to transitioning your lighting scheme into something brand new. Here are some tips to follow when deciding what to do to illuminate your romantic side with the perfect lighting:

Try going for a theme or color scheme with the decor of your space, the lighting will harmonize with the tones you pick and help the overall ambiance of the room.

Subdued tones and colors mixed with gentle fabrics add a cozy touch.

Chandeliers are known to be the most romantic looking silhouettes for any space but if you don’t have one installed in your room, try changing the lamp shades to warmer colors or adding a thin, darker linen over the top of the shade (be careful of flammability of course).

Try little twinkling lights strewn throughout the space or adding little candles for another romantic light source.

Dimmers are the best way to achieve the romantical and warm lighting to set the perfect atmosphere, if you don’t have one installed, doing so is pretty simple and will be used for future endeavors as well.

If you are picking out a fixture and want a romantic design to your space, go for chandeliers in more distressed finishes and antique silhouettes, maybe with a touch of crystal embellishments. Crystal chandeliers add an elegance and graceful presence to a room.

Last, but not least, don’t forget the flowers! Romance becomes complete with some flowers and the perfect mood lighting.

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

by Littman Bros Lighting

Using tropical style fans in the home isn’t often a top choice in design for many people but with the right blade color and specific materials, tropical fans can be a wonderfully inviting addition to your space.

Fanimation Islander Collection

Ceiling fans grace almost every room in the home and are at the center of the space; it is important to not only have an efficient fan with great airflow but also have a fan that is stylish and with the design and aesthetic of these fans, you can’t go wrong.

Fanimation features an array of tropical ceiling fans collections with various settings for their design inspirations.

According to fanimation.com, their tropical fans are created with “organic and natural materials, such as real palm leaf blades and beautifully designed, rich bamboo blades to create a feeling of Island Living in your home.”

Fanimation has a selection of their top-selling tropical fans and included on that list is the Cancun collection, the Belleria, the Palisade and the Cancun; the Islander was inspired by the Palisade, and both were designed by Tom Frampton, founder of Fanimation.