We are doing a new build with an open concept. From the front entrance, seven light fixtures will be visible. Should they all match? - Lyndsay B.
It is generally a good idea to use one concept that connects all fixtures within a space, such as a common color like black (referenced in above article and video), or gold tones (as shown at right), or the same style family. The fixtures do not have to match exactly, but having one or more design elements that are common to all of the fixtures is a good idea.
For example, if you have a design concept that is more modern, it is a good idea to use black and/or brushed nickel and/or stainless steel finishes that provide a modern connection. The lines, forms and shapes also provide a common relationship.
Style decisions in a home are always subjective and depend entirely on a homeowner’s preference. Some people prefer an eclectic design concept with very diverse fixtures, while others feel comfortable with fixtures with a more cohesive look.
When in doubt, or for more ideas and guidance, consult with a lighting expert at an ALA-member showroom.