Versatility Rules: Expand Your Lighting Options

Design rules are made to be broken, and it’s time to try something different. Expand your lighting options by thinking beyond traditional ways and places to use lighting and try one of these trends instead.

Using Outdoor Fixtures, Inside
Bringing the outdoors inside by repurposing light fixtures that traditionally are only hung on a home’s exterior. Yes, outdoor fixtures can be used inside the house. They’re typically rated for damp locations, which makes them ideal candidates to hang in bathrooms and kitchens.

And the best part it, outdoor fixtures come in a variety of designs, just like indoor lighting. You’ll find styles from traditional to contemporary, and design details like mixed metal finishes, unique glass, and other adornments.

With Farmhouse design, the idea is to repurpose items by taking them out of context, and out of their original intended use. Hanging fixtures that are typically installed on a porch ceiling or overhanging a doorway entrance are ideal for inside areas, like an entry foyer. Brenham has a durable, handsome design that makes a welcoming statement, especially when a pair is hung in a large foyer.

Union Square
Inspired by a vintage gas lantern, Union Square has a square frame and sharp lines for a modern, clean look that casts the perfect welcoming glow for guests. In the bedroom, a pair of Union Square on either side of the bed brings an elegant balance and serves as a space saver by freeing up a spot on the nightstand where table lamps used to stand.

Cedar Springs
If you’re looking for classic Farmhouse styling, then look no further than Cedar Springs. Ideal as a pair on either side of the bed, the lantern has an oversized shade held by a gooseneck style arm, offering light that’s perfect for reading. With its generous size, this classic Farmhouse fixture serves as an eye-catching addition to a variety of exterior facades.

Semi-flush Lights as Pendants
Some of a home’s most conventional lights are semi-flush mount fixtures: lighting that is mounted directly to the ceiling with a short rod or chain, usually in rooms with lower ceilings. But, how about trying semi-flush mounts in spots where chandelier or pendants are typically found? Just suspend the semi-flush fixture with a longer chain or rod – the style possibilities are endless.

Three circular bands wrap together to create an open design for Gulliver. Circular bands wrap together to create a stylish cage design, giving rustic charm and dual functionality, as the semi-flush can be extended to pendant length with a longer chain. Offered in a dual-toned, hand-painted wood grained texture, Gulliver complements Rustic and Modern Farmhouse home decor, as well as Urban Industrial and Coastal interior settings.

Sophisticated styling is front and center when the Rainey three-light semi-flush convertible fixture is used in a hallway or entrance foyer. Coordinate the look throughout the home by hanging Rainey with a longer stem over a kitchen island or other area where a pendant with artful asymmetrical design styling is desired.  Because Rainey has a larger scale and mixed-metal finish, it makes a dramatic focal piece and a bold statement in Modern, Mid-Century and Luxe interiors.

Have fun with lighting! Shop our selection of convertible semi-flush fixtures to use as pendants, and outdoor lighting that you can use inside here.