Hinkley fixtures in hallway

Updating Decorative Lighting Fixtures

What to Consider When Updating Your Outdated Light Fixtures in Your Home?

People are always asking us,

  • How do I prepare to update the lighting in my home?
  • Should I replace my existing light fixtures with similar lights?
  • Should the look of all the light fixtures in my home match?
  • How much light will a particular light fixture produce?

All are great questions when choosing lighting!

Here are our top recommendations for you to consider when replacing or adding light fixtures in your home.

Choosing the Lighting Fixtures For Your Home

1) How do I use this room?

How much functional lighting do I need to do the things I do in this space, and does the amount of light need to change depending on the activity? I may want to curl up with a book under the light of a lamp, while at other times I need lights that brighten my room for entertaining friends, and then later I'll watch movie with my family and the lights have to be warm while not causing any glare on the television. All these various uses need to be designed into the lighting of the same room.

Hinkley Hover fan and sconces

Different activities require different lighting fixtures.

Reading requires a white directed light bulb while entertaining should inspire a mood with layers of accent lighting and texture created using shadows. Your home should be designed to create a perfect scene in any room for any occasion.

Make a fixture multi-functional with dimmers and switches.

A major part of that design is created by controlling your type of light with dimmers and switches. All on, all off is not very effective unless you're at the movie theater. You may want to install a dimmer control so you can change the light effect by using the same light fixture. It is easy to install a dimmer where an existing switch has been, but you will need to make sure the dimmer you choose is is compatible with the light fixture.

2) What electrical do I already have to work with when swapping out our light fixtures?

  • Do I already have a junction box in the middle of the room where I am planning to put the new light fixture?
  • Do I want to install recessed lighting fixtures?
  • Do I have existing ceiling fans with lights?
  • How will we pull power to new light fixtures?
  • What are the considerations for an outdoor light fixture versus an indoor light?
  • What light switch will control which light?
  • Do I have wall space to add sconces?
  • Will the wires from my sconces interfere with my art or mirrors?
  • Do I have nearby outlets in a functional location for my table lamps and floor lamps, or will the wires run across the travel path in my house and cause a hazard?
  • If I don't have electrical in place for the plans for additional lighting, is there existing power available for the new lights?

Ask an electrician about your lighting design.

It's a good idea to have an electrician come by for a free estimate. Many unforeseen challenges caused by light fixture updates can be caught in advance, including the following:

  • Drywall patching due to running electrical from a breaker box or other fixture.
  • Addressing concrete or ceilings with shallow depth behind drywall that may limit the LED recessed fixtures to fit.
  • For large projects, need to update a breaker box to allow for more light fixtures and other new items other than lights, such as appliances.

3) Should I match my lighting fixture styles?

Style is always a personal matter. If you do want fixtures to match each other, most decorative lighting comes as a collection which allows the designer to coordinate pieces (i.e wall light, ceiling light and chandelier, floor and table lamps, plus accent lighting) for several rooms. Choosing multiple pieces form the same design collection allows lighting to be a consistent design style without being exactly the same model of light throughout the rooms.

Hinkley Poppy Wall Sconces

Add some fun with your lighting design choices.

As much as it's tempting to stick to one collection from one lighting brand, the same lighting throughout a space is something you're more likely to see in a hotel than a home. Have some fun and find individual fixtures from different brands and collections that compliment each other and your space. The result will be a more inspired design for your room which is a unique expression of your taste in decor. Play with design, glass, shape, color and shades. That way it looks more curated as if you acquired each piece thoughtfully over time. There is nothing worse than buying an elegant piece like a breathtaking modern chandelier, and then matching it somewhere else. It is really no longer special if you have many of the same type of light fixture elsewhere. Make sure your light fixtures are timeless, no matter your style. Plan to have them outlast any current lighting trends. Most people live with their installed lighting fixtures for ten years or more. Limit trendy items to accents you will change more frequently like home decor accessories or pillows.

Bathroom lighting should match finishes.

Your bathroom lighting should match the bathroom hardware and finishes. You want to make sure there are plenty of light bulbs to brighten up this space. Choose a frosted glass to diffuse light and glare from light bulbs, which softens harsh shadows to create an even, natural look so you look perfect in the mirror. They even make mirrors for the bathroom that have LED lights built in.

Try something fun in the powder room. This space allows for an unexpected look that is playful or daring in a small space.

Bedroom lighting needs to be functional for multiple uses.

Your bedroom lighting should have many layers of light for all the ways you use this room: such as table lamps for reading, overhead recessed lighting for cleaning and putting away laundry, and a dimmer to relax and get ready to sleep. You want this room to provide functional light but also set the mood.

Family rooms are the multipurpose rooms of houses and need many lighting options.

Your family room or living room should also have layers of light. Consider each layer a functional category that add use options to the room.

  • Accent lamps or a side floor lamp with a LED bulb for reading.
  • Ceiling fans with light for general TV watching.
  • Recessed lighting for tasks or general illumination.
  • Dimmers and LED save energy so use these sources in rooms you use a lot.
Laundry room flush mount Hinkley fixtures

LED light bulbs or integrated lighting for bright areas where you get stuff done

  • Your spaces should provide the best lighting for the many ways you use them, and if you use them to cook or for a home office, you need to shop for best lighting solutions to help you work better. Your office and kitchen lighting should be LED as it produces less heat from the pendant or chandelier, while producing bright white light needed for each.

4) Obviously, price is a thing. Shop smart!

I say start with your key light fixtures in your home that will have the most impact, both for decor and for functional use. When you begin shopping, search for the chandeliers and pendants first. You can save money by limiting your lighting budget in the closets or secondary bedrooms you hardly ever use, but make sure the light fixtures provide enough light for the intended use of the spaces.

You get what you pay for.

Some of our most exclusive designer lighting brands include Hubbardton Forge, Visual Comfort, Hudson Valley Lighting, Hinkley and many more. Make sure you pay attention to the quality and material that your fixtures are made of, especially when you purchase outdoor lighting and indoor bathroom lighting. Inexpensive lighting is great if it is functional, but often spending a little more will result in lighting that you truly love that'll last years longer.

Note the manufacturer lighting warranties.

Some of the designer lighting brands offer a lifetime warranty on their light fixtures, which can be a wonderful investment if your lighting and fans are exposed to harsh elements like salt and sand from the beach.

Hinkley Carter Kitchen Pendants

5) Size matters, however there are really no hard and fast rules.

Dining room chandeliers or kitchen hanging pendants need to be at least 30"-36" off the surface of the table or counter top. To look right, a chandelier hanging in a dining room generally needs to be at least 6"-12" in from the sides of the table. Otherwise, it may be too close and feel like you might hit their head on the edge of the chandelier.

Choose size based on the surface it is lighting, not the whole room.

Pick your fixture to work with the table or surface, not the size of the room. Ideally all lighting fixtures should be a least 7 ft. off the floor if people are walking under them. It is code for a ceiling fan blades to be at least 7 ft. off the floor. Most sconces will work best mounted at 68" off the floor. Obviously you need to consider if the mounting is in the center of the sconce, or if it unusually mounts towards the top or bottom of the fixture.

Bathroom lighting position.

Bathroom fixtures over the vanity should ideally fit over the mirror but not too close to the ceiling.

Measure and take photos before shopping for lighting.

Measure the distance between the mirror and ceiling before heading out to your local lighting showroom. In fact, measure your ceiling heights, table or island sizes and take lots of pictures of all of your rooms so your local lighting store can do more than just imagine your space. We can see the style and look of your home and provide you with the best lighting options.

Hinkley Pendant White Lisa McDennon

6) What is the style you are trying to achieve?

Many times your lighting fixture will create the architectural style for your room or space. A chandelier or pendant may be the primary design element, besides painted walls and flooring, which provides the inspiration for the design for everything else in the room.

Farmhouse lighting

Materials such as wood, glass and iron are important in the Farmhouse style.

Coastal lighting

Seedy glass, natural textures and polished metals are key to the Coastal beachy style.

Minimalist, modern lighting

Contemporary, Mid Century and modern are generally a minimalist style so less is more. Shape and finish set the tone.

Check out the latest styles trending on our home page of our website.

Classic lighting

Are you going for a more elegant, classic look in your home? It may call for the purchase of wall sconces for the living room, dining room and hallway lighting too?

 

7) Lastly, where should you buy the best and most beautiful lighting fixtures?

Shop wisely. This is a process, so avoid a spontaneous purchase.

  • Start online and check our website, and your local lighting store.
  • Look at styles, shapes and colors.
  • Explore categories such as larger ceiling lights along with pendants.
  • Create a wish list page of the things that catch your eye so your salesperson can see your inspiration.
  • Visit a lighting showroom where staff are trained to make sure you will have bright light, the correct light bulb, the light fixtures will complement your style and you will get the best value for your purchase.
Hinkley Outdoor Lighting by the pool

Trust reputable lighting experts to find your perfect lighting solution.

Working with a retail lighting showroom should give you the confidence to purchase almost any lighting and ceiling fans you need for your home and save you time and money.

Our Lighting Specialists have an average of 15 years or more experience in the lighting industry. They are experts in retail and designer residential lighting. We invest in the showroom lighting fixtures so you can touch and see fixtures from a particular collection and the finishes of the different lighting brands.

Great online shopping options for lighting.

If you prefer to buy your lighting online, know that most local showrooms have a website with an online shopping cart too. Our prices are competitive.  We make things as easy for you as possible and can usually drop ship or provide curbside pickup for your lighting purchase.

Which Ceiling Fan is Best Fan for You?

Which Ceiling Fan is Best Fan for You?

Choosing the right model of ceiling fan for your home can be a tough decision. There are so many different variations in price, style, size, finishes, light fixtures and remote control, as well as many brands to choose from. It's no wonder people get overwhelmed when trying to choose the best model for their room or outdoor space.

In this article, we'll help you narrow down your ceiling fan search by discussing the features of great ceiling fans, new features of ceiling fans with lights, and what you need to know for selecting the right model of ceiling fan for your home's needs.

Will My Ceiling Fan Move Enough Air?

The first consideration should be, "Will the ceiling fan move enough air to accommodate the space in my room?" Most ceiling fans aren't running when you go to a retailer showroom. Many shoppers choose a model based on the style of the fan alone and how it'll suit a room. But how can you know if the fan will move enough air in your home?

Check the Ceiling Fan Motor's Specs

Ceiling Fan Spec Sheet

Federal requirements on ceiling fans require rated fan specs include a standard test done on air movement for every ceiling fan motor so you can compare. Good circulation in a standard room size starts at around 4,000 cfm and can get as high as 9,000 on some larger ceiling fans. These ceiling fan performance specs can be found in the ceiling fan's brand catalog, or on their company website under ceiling fan product specs. Fan speed is determined by the motor inside the ceiling fan, and the tilt on the fan blades. The more the ceiling fan blades tilt, the more circulation in the room. However, with any increase in circulation the ceiling fan needs a stronger motor.

The Real Price of a Cheap Ceiling Fan

A cheap ceiling fan is just that. You think you're getting a deal because the cost is low, but the reason is that a cheap ceiling fan has no fan blade tilt. With no tilt there's no resistance. The cheap ceiling fan therefore does not need a good motor as it's moving little to no air through your home. Cheap fans are more decorative than functional, and are usually soon replaced by quality ceiling fans that get the job done. So in the end, it costs more to install and uninstall cheap ceiling fans for your home than it does buying quality ceiling fans in the first place.

Which Are the Best Brands in Ceiling Fans?

We get this question a lot. Most good brands of ceiling fans (such as Fanimation, Matthews Ceiling Fan Co., Minka Aire, Monte Carlo Ceiling Fans, Modern Fan, Oxygen and Quorum Ceiling Fans) have limited lifetime warranties on their motors. Make sure you ask about the warranties.

modern geometric ceiling fan

Are the Old Brands the Best Brands?

Some of the bigger, older and well known brands have been sold over time, merged into other companies, redesigned for inexpensive manufacturing and are found in big box stores. Generally a well-known brand name that has made it into the mass consumption market of big box retailers has produced a lower quality product for a lower price point, and should be avoided.

Top Ceiling Fan Brands Are Differentiated By Design, Not Performance

Good ceiling fan brands tend to make good quality ceiling fans across the board. From one quality brand to another, the ceiling fans are comparable for performance. What differentiates one ceiling fan from the next is the design of the fan and how well it suits the decor of your room or your home.

Black finish three blade ceiling fan

Make Sure to Factor In the Cost of All the Features and Add-ons of Your Ceiling Fan

One pitfall to watch out for when shopping for ceiling fans is to make sure the price of the model you're considering includes all the ceiling fan add ons. Ceiling fan add-ons can include items you would think are included, like the remote control, slope ceiling adaptors, longer downrods, additional blade colors and light kits. If you think you're price shopping apples to apples but one ceiling fan comes complete while another has multiple add ons, the most expensive ceiling fan might actually include everything and be the best deal.

Ask Your Lighting Shop for Help

Your local light fixture and fan store will help you maneuver through some of the price traps of add-on remote controls, light fixture options, or any other feature that is or is not bundled with the ceiling fans you're considering.

Do I Still Need to Balance the Blades On My Ceiling Fans?

Most ceiling fans don't require you to balance the blades with weights like they did in old days, although some boxes still include blade weights for nostalgia.

What's the Best Size for My Ceiling Fan?

The next thing to consider is the overall width and size of the fan in relation to the room that it needs to service.

Number of Ceiling Fan Blades

Most ceiling fans have gone down from five-blade fans to three-blade fans for a sleek, clean look. By enhancing the tilt on the blade, three-blade ceiling fans can still produce the same amount of circulation for cooling the rooms in your home.

52"-60" ceiling fans work well for family rooms and master bedrooms. It used to be that most secondary bedrooms only had a 42"-44" fan, but with less blades you can generally size ceiling fans in these rooms up to 52" fans now for maximum airflow. With less blades the large fans look proportionate to the size of a room.

Ceiling Fan DC Motor Icon

Small Ceiling Fan Motors

Modern DC Ceiling fan motors are small compared to the large AC ceiling fan motors of the past.

Big Ass Fans

"Big Ass Fans" or huge industrial ceiling fans that look as though they are meant for huge spaces are often used today for both indoor and outdoor ceiling fans in homes. This is personal design preference.

Ceiling Fan Blade Proportions

Ceiling fan in a stylish living room.

Choose the ceiling fan model that best fits your space

Do not undersize your ceiling fan for a room. This will surely look out of proportion in the room, and it will not be able to produce enough circulation.

Consider Other Light Fixtures

It's smart to ensure that your ceiling fan will clear any recessed light fixtures. Nobody enjoys a strobing light in their room caused by the ceiling fan blades passing under a light fixture!

Which Ceiling Fan is Best for My Ceiling Height?

Optimum height for best airflow is eight feet off the floor. Higher than that and the fan may not move enough air for proper cooling.

High Ceilings Need Longer Ceiling Fan Downrods

ceiling fan with a long downrod in a room with high ceilings

The ceiling fan download extends the ceiling fan downwards towards the floor to get maximum circulation with minimum energy use from ceiling fans. Don't install a ceiling fan 16' above the floor, unless it is only for looks and not airflow. Make sure you shop for a model who's down rod can be extended enough to suit your high ceiling.  Most down rods come in lengths up to 72".  After that you will likely need to couple two rods which can cause a fan to wobble or be out of balance.

Flush Mount Low Profile Ceiling Fans for Low Ceilings

Some people have low ceilings and require a low profile flush mount or low profile model. Code requires fan blades must be at least seven feet off the floor for safety (even higher if they are made of metal). Flush mount low profile ceiling fans are generally the only option for people with a room with an 8 ft. ceiling. Most regular fans with down rods cannot get to 12" or less, so they do not comply with building code. Shop for a low profile flush mount model if your space has low ceilings and you'll save yourself time and headaches later.

Wet Rated Ceiling Fan Icon

Indoor Outdoor Ceiling Fans

If your home requites a fan that may get damp or wet, make sure the ceiling fan you shop for is meant for indoor and outdoor use. If you are installing a ceiling fan that will be exposed to rainfall it must be WET-rated. DAMP-rated ceiling fans are acceptable for when covered by a porch ceiling and free of rain. A DAMP-rated porch ceiling fan can get moisture, but is not designed for direct water flow.

Consider Ceiling Fans for Four Seasons

If you live in a climate with four seasons, ceiling fans are not just for the summer. Year-round, ceiling fans can help control the indoor temperature of the rooms in your home. On cold days, a ceiling fan running in reverse on a slow speed will push the hot air that gathers on your ceilings down the walls of your room, and make the whole space more comfortable. If you're heating your home, this will save on the price of your heating bill, especially if you're using a modern ceiling fan with a low energy DC motor. The same ceiling fan will also improve the efficiency of air conditioning your room when it's hot outside. In large industrial spaces, a series of well placed ceiling fans can have a substantial impact on the price of heating and cooling a big area.

ceiling fan with light

Ceiling Fans with Lights

Ah, the light or no light conversation!

Not Your Grandma's Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans with lights have come a long way. Gone are the ugly ceiling fans in every room at Grandma's house with four gloomy light shades pointing down with harsh exposed bulbs.

Modern Ceiling Fan Designs Feature Integrated LED Lighting

Most ceiling fan light fixtures are integrated into the unit now, so the design of the light is closed. Instead of bulbs, you'll find LED lights integrated into the ceiling fan, which allows more lumens while needing less watts to run. The closed integrated LED light on the ceiling fan helps keep dirt and bugs away and doesn't emit much heat.

Ceiling fans with Integrated LED lights have less glare, since you aren't staring up into a bare bulb. A ceiling fan with lights works the same way a lighting fixture would work. It creates a general ambience, and most of ceiling fan lights are dimmable from the remote control.

Styles of Ceiling Fans

Fan styles have come a long way. Here are some general categories of ceiling fans so you know what to ask for when you shop from a lighting retailer.

  • Farmhouse style ceiling fans
  • Sleek modern ceiling fans
  • Contemporary ceiling fans
  • Industrial style ceiling fans
  • Transitional ceiling fans
  • Traditional style ceiling fans

Ceiling Fan Finishes

Fans come in a variety of finishes:

Black, gold and white finishes

Black, gold and white ceiling fan finishes are the latest trend right now. Often each finish color is on its own, but they can also be used in combination on the same fixture.

Brushed nickel finishes

Brushed nickel is the closest thing to stainless steel, so a brushed nickel collection will still be strong with modern fans for contemporary kitchens or an industrial space.

Bronze finishes

Bronze is still strong for an outdoor space.

Wood composite finishes

Actual wood blades are rarely used. Real wood drags and slows the fan down. Wood is also prone to warping, so most wood style blades are actually a blend of wood and composite ground down and molded for less weight, consistent shape and quality airflow.

Tropical looking fans that use real palm or and open weave style will move less air, because it escapes through the holes, which also creates more drag on the speed. Some tropical or outdoor settings may not need a large amount of airflow, and often the fan is more about the ambiance of the island breeze setting, rather than for moving air through the space.

Portable fans for when ceiling fans are not an option

When Ceiling Fixtures are Not An Option

There are portable fans when a ceiling installation is not an option. Ther are floor models and table models along with tiny usb plug in options for your desk.  They have wall fans for indoor and outdoor use. 

Shop From Your Local Lighting and Fan Expert

Find experts in ceiling fans at lighting showroom and ceiling fan shop. Working with an expert will get you specific information about a model and it's brand that you can't get from a big box store. Two similar ceiling fans may look alike, but a lighting expert will know how to compare one model to the next so you're sure to get the best value for your needs.

Remote Controls & Other Options

In addition to style options, the different elements of many fans can be purchased a la carte, allowing you to get a model that is custom suited to your needs while reducing the price by eliminating any add-ons you don't need. For example, if you're fan is being installed in a room that gets a lot of traffic, you might choose a wall-mount control over a remote control that might get lost. Other options can include combinations of finish, light, mount, and a remote control that best suits your room. Fans today also offer many features you might not have heard of, such as Smart Technology for integration with apps, or even for using speech commands with Apple, Google and Alexa for voice activated remote control. A showroom expert will be up-to-date about cool and exciting innovations like these.

Size, Height & Slope

Your local lighting shop will help you size the fan model to make sure the ceiling height and slope have been considered when choosing the right measurements and mount type.

Access to Your Purchase Records & Warranties

Lighting and fan stores keep records of your purchase, which make warranty questions, model lookups and parts replacements easier. Fans manufacturers generally have price controls in place (with fixed pricing like appliances have). The result is you'll usually get competitive pricing when shopping local, so buying locally will most likely cost the same or less once you factor in shipping fees. But with a local shop or showroom, you get the expert service to guide you through all the latest features available for you to see.

 

custom leather sofa

Finding the Perfect Piece of Custom Upholstery

Looking to replace or purchase your first piece of upholstered furniture?

Four simple steps in the process will help you select a quality piece of furniture that should meet your needs for years, if not decades to come.

1. Identify What You Are Looking For?

The best way to find your ideal furniture is to consider how you will use it?  Will I curl up and read a good book, or am I looking to gather several people on the sectional for the Sunday game?  What is the life you really live?  Not the life we share on Instagram.  Be true to this because we rarely change our life to accommodate the furniture we buy.  We need to buy a piece of furniture that will fit the life we actually live.

Who is going to use it? 

Is it only for company or does Rufus have a favorite spot even though “you never allow the dog on the sofa?”

Do you get a lot of natural daylight? 

Darker colors may fade.  Do you have small children?  Performance fabrics might be where to start.  Do you have cats and/or dogs?  Leather may not be the best option as it can scratch or puncture from teeth or nails.

What are you replacing?

Most importantly, if you are replacing a piece of furniture, it is best to create a list about that current piece you have noting what you liked and didn’t like about it.  Now’s your chance to make it longer, deeper, whiter, softer and so on.

2. Prepare for Making the BIG Purchase

Measure, measure and measure some more!

  1. Measure your room. 
  2. Know how big your space is. 
  3. Measure your ceiling height. 
  4. Average is not a thing. 
  5. Measure the current piece of furniture. 

Note: If it could be bigger or smaller.  What was there wasn’t necessarily right to begin with so don’t assume you need to replace it exactly.

Take pictures of the space to share with your salesperson. 

It is important to share what other decorative items you have in the space when selecting scale, fabrics and styles.

100% Made in USA Is the Highest Quailty

Assuming you are looking for quality, American made is still the best.  Not just assembled or finished in the USA, but 100% made here.

  • Find a store or brand that offers that.  We carry Norwalk Furniture, the longest running manufacturer of custom upholstery made entirely in America. 
  • Do your research online. 
  • Look for resources to back up the construction process. 
  • Look for green practices and sustainable resources used. 
  • Once you have selected the lines you are interested in, head on over to your local showroom with pictures and measurements in hand.  Be prepared to spend some time at the showroom.  (i.e. Don’t go on an empty stomach with 20 minutes to spare before you have to pick up the kids.)

Test drive the floor samples. 

A showroom should have at least five pieces of furniture by that maker so you can see the overall quality and compare the comfort. 

  • Sit on the furniture exactly the way you would at home.  Be respectful of the showroom pieces, but good showrooms will expect you to lie on it and curl up your feet (after you remove your shoes). 
  • Ask about the manufacturing process.  Our showroom has furniture that has been cut open so you can see the inside frame and construction.  If you can’t see it, we guarantee it.  But we love to show you the seven layers of interlocking hardwood, the extra layers of down fill around the foam core and the machine tied interlocking springs.  We love that it takes 54 pairs of hands to build each piece of our American made furniture. The showroom that you visit should love these details too.  They should also have plenty of documented supporting materials to explain the process and details behind the frame construction and warranties.

Take it apart

Once you have sat on it, get up and take it apart. 

  • Look at the decking under the cushions. 
  • Feel the sides of the frame.  You shouldn’t be able to feel cardboard under the fabric or be able to stretch the fabric with your knee. 
  • Look at how the seams line up.  Do the patterns line up perfectly? 
  • Does the frame rock? Is it super lightweight?  These are not good signs of solid construction.

3. Consider the Considerations

Styles change with the times. 

Try to avoid details which might date the age of your purchase.  High back frames, large rolled arms, and fussy fabric trims/ tassels are no longer a trend.  Fabric details such as button tufting seating are attractive and used regularly in mid century modern furniture.  However they are dirt collectors.  Who is going to keep those details clean?

Leather versus fabric is a personal choice. 

Leather does require care and is not impervious. Leather can stain.  It can also get scratched or punctured.  You do have to treat and clean your leather.  All leather is not the same.  Quality leather (usually from South America) should be half or full aniline.  This means the hide has been soaked in a drum of dye so the color runs all the way through.  Leather that chips or cracks has not been dyed.  The color has been sprayed on and the plastic coating is what peels and cracks off.

Fabrics come in a variety of fibers and colors. 

Each fabric swatch should describe the fabric.  Man made materials like Olafin, herculon and 100% polypropylene have made fantastic strides providing softness and a better hand than decades ago. Look for blends.  These fabrics are some of the easiest to clean and care for. Avoid satins, linens, cottons and silks for fabric frames.  These are best for throw pillows.  They tend to not hold shape and they are the hardest to clean. 

Consider a neutral color for the frame, bringing in more daring and trendy fabrics on pillows.  That way your frame remains timeless, and you can update your style with less expensive accents.

Sunlight is not friendly to fabrics. 

If you have a lot of natural daylight, avoid darker fabrics.  Fabric grades don’t determine the quality of a fabric.  Bolts tend to be more expensive when there is a pattern as there will be more waste lining up stripes and details.  Most importantly, the hand or feel of the fabric is everything.  How does it feel when you run your hand over it?  That is how it will feel against your leg or arm.  Make sure it feels good.

Cushions are a personal preference. 

Firm, soft or just right will be different for everyone.  Look for a good warranty (our foam cushions are guaranteed for life).  Down cushions or foam wrapped in down are an upgrade and generally not guaranteed forever.  But oh how good they feel.

4. Choose the Right Showroom

Find a showroom that encourages your questions and has supporting materials to back up their answers.

If someone offers to come to your house, let them! 

They might see the things you forgot to tell them.  Like the sofa you are selecting won’t fit through your front door?

You can work with a showroom like ours virtually.

If you can’t find a local showroom that is a good fit for you, we have the technology to interface online. And Black Whale Home ships FREE anywhere in the continental United States.

Choose Your Bathroom Vanity Lights Very Carefully

Choose Your Bathroom Vanity Lights Very Carefully

As I was helping a friend the other night via text to pick lights for her bathrooms, I was once again lecturing that this was not a place to cut corners.  Her electrician had warned her that updating her bathroom with a light over each sink rather than the single one in the middle from the 80's would cost her more money.  I argue that is not actually true.

The vanity is one of the number one task areas in your home, and it is critical to be well lit.

Yes, the electrician will have to add two junction boxes and patch the original hole.  Yes he will charge you for this.  However, your return on investment will deliver in spades.  The vanity is one of the number one task areas in your home, and it is critical to be well lit.  Nobody wants to shave in the dark or look, or have a face lit only on one side while applying makeup.  It is paramount that the lighting is even on both sides of each sink.  You will be amazed how many shadows you have across your face when not evenly lit adding decades to your face.  Who wants that?

As we age, lighting continues to become more important.  Don't sell this space short.  Little kids grow into teens.  Parents will age.  It's a sad fact.  But if you light your bathroom properly, it will work for decades to come.

When will the back orders end?

When will the back orders end?

It has taken a while for the effects of Covid to have a direct impact on the inventory in our industry.  Many manufacturers were well positioned with stock prior to Covid due to annual planning for the Chinese New Year.

Unfortunately, much of that inventory has finally run out, and we are now waiting for shipping from overseas to get back to normal.  We would guess that there will continue to be stock shortages and delays for about six more weeks.

In the meantime, we have many lines Made in the USA who are very busy but could deliver quality light fixtures and custom upholstery in time for the holidays.  Our showroom is also fully stocked and we will happily sell our displays so you won't have to wait.

So plan ahead and order early.  We anticipate a healthy and busy fourth quarter for everyone.  Because why would we plan for anything else? 

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