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Design Basics Series – Lighting

Quick Review

This is the first episode of our Design Basics Series where we are hitting the basics of designing your home. In this series we will talk about paint colors, picking furniture and layouts, textiles, art, and accessories, but our first episode of the series is on lighting. Lighting makes a huge difference in your home, but not everyone knows how large an impact simple lighting changes can make. As you’ll hear, the key to lighting is layering, and there are a lot of different ways to layer the lighting in your home.

As part of the design basics series, we’ll also be doing a LIVE episode that is a Q&A where we get to answer YOUR questions about design basics. To submit a question, DM us on Instagram or shoot us an email to team@peachandpinehome.com.


Timestamps

1:30 – Introducing the Design Basics Series

3:55 – Dad Joke of the Week

5:28 – If we had to give one overview tip for lighting in your house – it would be to layer your lighting.

Layering your lighting allows you to create different moods and feelings throughout the house. 

7:55 – If you have harsh overhead lighting in your kitchen (think fluorescent lights), consider adding a lamp for those times when you don’t want to use the overhead lights.

8:10 – Our “go-to” setup for overhead lighting. Recessed lighting all around + ceiling fan with no light kit in the middle (only if needed/desired) or chandelier.

11:00 – A little on LED recessed lights – see below for specifics

15:51 – “If you have a room that you just feel like is really lacking in the lighting department, consider investing in recessed lights…[it] fixes a lot of problems.”

17:10 – Tips for purchasing lighting fixtures. 

17:50 – In open spaces where you will potentially be walking underneath a fixture, you want the fixture to be 7ft-7.5ft off the ground.

19:50 – Picking a size for your lighting fixture – add the length and width of your room in FEET together, and that will give you approximately the size of fixture that you need in INCHES. 

  • For example: in a 12’ x 12’ room, you would want to look for a fixture around 24 inches.

22:30 – Pendant lights should be around 30”-36” off the top of an island

 24:09 – Lamps and accent lighting. Always use lamps are part of a vignette – the lamp never lives by itself. Lamps are “furniture buddies.”

Pay attention to your accent lighting. It’s an awesome way to add a lot of style to your furniture layout. 

26:55 – Our favorite color temperature for indoor lights is 3000K. That’s the color temperature that’s going to work in pretty much every home all the time. 

 30:33 – Things We’re Loving


Things We’re Loving


Chandler - I’m loving my butter dish! If you leave your salted butter out (which you should), this is a great way to keep it out in style.

Chandler – I’m loving my butter dish! If you leave your salted butter out (which you should), this is a great way to keep it out in style.


Jeremy - We are really enjoying our chiminea at this ouse. We just have a simple clay chiminea that you can find almost anywhere!

Jeremy – We are really enjoying our chiminea at this ouse. We just have a simple clay chiminea that you can find almost anywhere!


Bonus - This isn’t our exact sectional because, sadly, the one we purchased did go out of stock. But this is a similar one to the one that we purchased.

Bonus – This isn’t our exact sectional because, sadly, the one we purchased did go out of stock. But this is a similar one to the one that we purchased.


Links and Extra Resources

Stuff You Should Know episode on butter – we can’t find it 🙁 It may be too old to search, but it’s a great podcast that you should listen to regardless.

This lighting color temperature chart is from Chris Loves Julia and is a great reference!


Peach and Pine Interiors, lighting color temperature scale

Here are some of our favorite pieces of lighting right now! See below for links!


Peach and Pine Interiors - Lighting Favorites

1. French Table Lamp

2.  Natural Table Lamp

3. Ceramic White Lamp

4. Metal Tripod Lamp

5. Lucca Chandelier

6. Metal Starburst Chandelier

7. Matte Black Pendant

8. 18″ Picture Light

And last but not least, a little on LED recessed lighting.

We mentioned in the episode how simple it is to change out can lights with recessed LEDs. I just wanted to share a couple options that I’ve used before in our homes.


These LED recessed lights do not require a housing, so they are a great option for installing in a room where there isn’t a lot of space to work with above the ceiling (ie, between floors). They are super easy to install and even come with a templat…

These LED recessed lights do not require a housing, so they are a great option for installing in a room where there isn’t a lot of space to work with above the ceiling (ie, between floors). They are super easy to install and even come with a template for cutting the hole. This is what I just installed in our back den, which is below the attic so there actually was room above for a housing if needed, but liked the low-profile and easy install option of these.


These recessed lights are great replacement for bulbs in your old cans. They have a bulb attachment that screws in where the old bulb went and metal legs that connect up in the housing for incredibly simple installation. I put 4 of these in our mast…

These recessed lights are great replacement for bulbs in your old cans. They have a bulb attachment that screws in where the old bulb went and metal legs that connect up in the housing for incredibly simple installation. I put 4 of these in our master bedroom and it took about 10 minutes to replace them all for lights. They make a huge difference, and the color temperature is adjustable with a switch on the side.

And for one more tip, here is a nice guide on downlight placement. You can see in this example, they have layered their lighting with “task lighting” (probably pendants over the island) as well as the LED recessed cans. Throw a lamp on the countertop and you’ve got a well-layered lighting scheme here.


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