Today I am sharing the first part of a big style change lighting updates in our home. When we bought our home in February 2018, it was the furthest thing from my style. I loved the yard and the open spacious rooms with high ceilings but the Old World Italian style was not my favorite. In an effort to create a more rustic modern home, we had the entire interior painted an off white color (Westhighland by Sherwin Williams) to create a more neutral look. Paint can really do wonders to change the look of a room.
This post is sponsored by Hinkley Lighting and Annie Selke, both who generously provided complimentary lighting and area rugs.
Big Style Change with Lighting Updates
Lighting updates can drastically change the style of your home. The First order of business was our dining room and foyer. Our foyer is unique where it opens to the dining room and a seating area so we needed to change all the light fixtures at once in order to create a cohesive look.
Here is the dining room before with the old world Mediterranean style light fixture the day we moved into the house.
Here is the dining room after we swapped out the chandelier for a more modern fixture.
Pretty amazing right?
Here is the before picture of the foyer and dining room that I snapped the day we looked at the house while it was for sale. I can remember thinking, this is really at the opposite end of the modern rustic look that I love. BUT I loved the high ceilings and grand entrance. I immediately was thinking white paint and new lighting updates.
I don’t know how else to describe these lights but they are boob lights on steroids. You know what boob lights are right? Google it if you do not. The previous owners love these lights, so much in fact, they bought them back. Mr. G especially couldn’t live without them. -ha.
The previous owners are friends of mine and they are probably laughing at me for calling their fixtures boob lights but that’s what they look like!
Here is the after.
The lighter wall color and new lighting updates really make the house brighter and completely changed the style of the home.
We chose the Hinkley Sussex Collection 2-Tier and 3-Tier for the dining room and foyer area.
The dining room and foyer are all one big space so we opted for the same chandelier as the dining room but larger. A style change with lighting updates is one of the biggest impacts you can make in your home.
The ivory and beige crosshatch design is neutral and offers a modern feel to the space. What I love most about the rug is that it’s very neutral and easy to decorate around. The faint lines offer a trendy design without being busy. It’s perfect!
When choosing a rug, be sure to get one that is big enough for your space. I picked a 9×12 for both our dining room and foyer seating area.
Annie Selke rugs are very high quality and seriously last forever. I have a few and love them. The hooked wool feature offers texture and a luxurious feel.
Lighting for the dining room
I think the modern lighting updates we picked, featuring the modern traditional chandelier by Hinkley is absolutely perfect for the large open dining room. The chandelier offers a casual elegance that plays nicely with the overall rustic modern theme in our home. The bronze finish, ivory fabric hardback shade, clear glass columns and candles adds to its sophistication.
When considering lighting updates, I always think resale. When you sell your home, not everyone will love a narrow specific design so you are better off keeping your choices transitional and neutral in an effort to appease the majority. Unless of course you plan to live in your home forever or you have the budget to swap out lighting if potential buyers are not a fan of the design. Lighting ideas can get tricky and overwhelming so I always tend to go neutral.
We do not plan on moving anytime soon but I always try to chose wisely when it comes to light fixtures. I think the modern traditional chandelier by Hinkley is absolutely perfect for the large open dining room and accomplished my mission of updating this part of our home.
Here is a picture of the dining room decorated for Easter without the rug.
The rug makes a huge difference.
Here is a shot with the lights on.
Lighting updates in our home
We also coordinated the wall sconces in the same open space featuring the Sussex sconce collection.
The Escher Natural tone wool rug by Annie Selke is to die for! The eye catching hand sketched square pattern coordinated perfectly with the dining ivory rug and when I tell you I love this rug, I REALLY love this rug.
Isn’t that the best pattern ever? It’s so soft too! I wanted this seating area to have additional texture and this unique tile design accomplished the mission. I tend to swap out decor and accessories often so a neutral rug that added warmth was necessary.
Here is a picture of the entrance and foyer before with the old faux paint.
If you look closely, you can see another Sussex wall sconce at the top of the stairs. When I was trying to figure out the lighting updates for our home, I considered mixing and matching light fixtures but in the end decided to create a casual elegant look with the same light fixtures.
I think the traditional aspect of the shades on the fixtures help create warmth and substance in the large space. Pretty crazy what neutral paint, rugs and lighting can do for a home right?
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So that was part one of our big style change with lighting updates in our home. Next up is the kitchen! We have a breakfast nook and island that need lighting updates to coordinate with the style change throughout the rest of the house. Be sure to head over to our Instagram page as Hinkley Lighting is giving away $500 in FREE LIGHTING! Thank you to Hinkley Lighting and Annie Selke for sponsoring this post. We are thrilled with how everything came out and what a dramatic change in our dining and foyer area.