Published at Sunday, 03 February 2019. Kitchen Lighting. By Ruben Olsen.
And the simpler you go, the more you can save: Schoolhouse- and industrial-inspired fixtures are such a big trend right now that it’s not hard to find them on the cheap at all kinds of stores (though keep in mind that the cheaper you go, the more you’ll sacrifice authenticity). You need something specific.
You only need one or two lights. Like most antiques, vintage lights can be hard to find in pairs or suites. If coordinating fixtures is a concern, you’ll likely need to limit the number of lights you use. On the other hand, if you don’t care whether the chandelier matches the sconce, using a variety of vintage lights in similar styles (for example, Art Deco sconces with different backplates) can help facilitate an eclectic look, as if the house evolved over time.
You don’t have time to search. For some people, the thrill of finding a one-of-a-kind fixture outweighs the time spent combing antique stores, eBay, and the like. But if you have a tight deadline in mind for your kitchen project, you may not want to wait for the perfect light to come along. With reproduction fixtures, what you see is what you get—today and six months from now. You’ll also have the peace of mind of knowing that if the fixture gets damaged (say, a shade breaks), you can easily replace it.
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