When looking for lights for a coastal interior, think materials that will work with your furniture and the architecture of your home. Certain shapes and materials suit a coastal atmosphere, glass, wood and iron work well, especially bell shaped or bottle shaped glass and white washed wood. Rusty iron is more suited to a rustic beach home whereas black wrought iron suits a traditional Hamptons or Nantucket style home. Don’t rule out those industrial style lights as they can also look great in a coastal style interior. Also think about the architecture of your home, do you have high ceilings or low ceilings, a large or small space, all these points are important in selecting not just the style but the correct size lights.
Let’s explore some specific areas in your home and see what style of lights would work to achieve a coastal look…
- If you have a high stud ceiling then choose a chandelier or large pendant light that will make a statement for that first impression. Obviously the overall size of the pendant will depend on the height and width of your hallway.
- Go as big as your room allows making sure you keep the proportion of the light correct for the height and width of the space.
- As far as materials are concerned think wood, glass and iron.
- If you have a long hallway you may want to repeat the light at intervals so you have two or three
Below: lighting examples from Parrot Uncle that work with coastal in mind…
3. Above: This glass pendant lamp is industrial but will also work coastal. You could hang two or more in a vertical line down a hallway or a single one in a small hallway. This light would also look good as two or three equally spaced above a kitchen island
5. Above: Rustic coastal look – Dempsey Hodges
- Pendant lamps or a long bank of lights look great above island benches
- Make sure you measure the length of your bench/island to select the appropriate size lights, don’t go too small, three small lights over a long, deep bench in a large open plan space will simply look lost so think as big as your space will allow. The lighting in the image below is small but it is in perfect proportion for the size of the island.
8. Above: A similar light from Parrot Uncle, combines light grained wood and metal. This light would also look good in white, especially above a black granite bench top
9. Above: Perfectly proportioned large lights – Interior design, Hampton Design
- Where is your light going to hang? If it is to hang above a kitchen island make sure is the right size for the length of the bench top. Will two lights be sufficient or do you need three to make a statement
- If you have a high vaulted/raked ceiling make sure the hanging length is right, not too high or too low. The same applies above a dining room table, make sure it is not too low that it gets in the way of family dinners, yet at the same time you want it to be a feature
- Personally I would choose the biggest light your room will take, don’t use a lot of small lights in a large space, it is better to have two large feature lights
- With a small room, again one large light will look better than several small lights
- Have a dimmer switch fitted in a living or dining area to create a softer mood
- If you are building a house and are having LED downlights, make allowance for a few suspended lights. Maybe a chandelier fitting in a bedroom or over a living area and definitely above a kitchen island as downlights will not be sufficient lighting in a kitchen.