It’s one of the most instant ways to transform a space – new, eye-catching
Designer Lauren Oviatt, with Oviatt Design, shares tips for how to light up
your own space.
One of the most instant ways of transforming a space is by installing new,
eye-catching light fixtures. Today, we inside some of my firm’s recently
decorated spaces. Follow along for a sneak peek at some beautiful lighting
installations and get her tips on how to light up your own spaces!
1. Formal is Fine
Even though many design trends seem to lean toward contemporary looks,
there will always be a place for well-intentioned traditional light fixtures.
This home was newly constructed and the client has very formal, traditional
taste. The entry of this home conveys the mood of the entire home from the
moment you step inside. Notice the large Swarovski chandelier hanging high
above the sweeping staircase and the coordinating sconces on the wall. I
love this look because it’s like a few crystals dripped off the piece and landed
below creating a focal point closer to eye-level.
The Best Part: What works here is that the lighting agrees with the
traditional on traditional – it is scaled appropriately and creates an exquisite
The second space we’re going to show you is the dining space of a smaller
kitchen. You can see how the light fixture itself takes the room from clean
and traditional to over the top and wow! In my opinion, every girl needs a
little crystal somewhere in her life. It is a little outside the most traditional
realm to install a fixture this bold in style and size but the drama is what I
love most about it. It’s unpredictable and glamorous.
The Best Part: Take risks in design! Don’t be discouraged by a small
make it stand out by installing an outstanding over-scaled piece.
2. Trending Transitional
This client has just completed a full-scale remodel of her main level and what
she came away with is a beautiful open living space enveloped by warm,
neutrals and luxurious textures. This light fixture is placed over a
rectangular dining table in an area adjacent to the kitchen. Notice the lack of
chain holding the fixture from the ceiling: we eliminated it and instead used
custom cut pewter rods to further clean-up the look. So much to say about
this beautiful installation! The gauze-like shade glows at night and for me
this piece seems understated but is just as stunning as a chandelier that is
dripping with crystals.
The Best Part: The best light fixtures are not only lovely to look at,
functional as well! The idea of a two-light chandelier over a rectangular table
is not only a very current trend but also an incredibly functional concept.
3. Creating a Continuous Flow
It can be overwhelming to tackle all the lighting in a house at once. You want
to make sure the light fixtures flow easily from one room to the next while
adding a sense of individual personality and interest to each space. In this
home, the clients brought together many antique and Asian pieces from their
travels across the world. The lighting in these rooms agrees with the more
traditional style of the house while giving a nod to the antique and worldly
aesthetic of the furniture and décor. The pieces work seamlessly but are not
so similar that they’re tiresome and overlooked. Also, these pieces will
always be timeless because of their classic shapes.
The Best Part: Instead of ordering all your lights from the same
think of unifying one aspect – whether it be the finish of the fixtures or a
unifying shape or glass element. Listen to each space individually and then
go back to your design criteria. You’ll be so glad you did!
Lauren has always had a love for interior and landscape design, floral décor,
and all things beautiful! Having lived in the South and also on the west coast
before settling in Utah, her design instinct is to combine traditional elements
and furniture with updated style and current color palettes. She is constantly
looking for ways to infuse glamour into her projects while bringing a fresh
perspective and an eye for tasteful, classic design.
Oviatt Design is a full-service design firm in business for over 25 years,
specializing in high-end residential and commercial design. The scope of
their projects ranges from simple home renovations to large scale
construction projects where design is implemented from the first wall color
choice to the final finishing touches. With direct access to over 75
upholstery, accessory and furniture lines, the firm’s designers are able to
provide each client with pieces that are particular to her taste and style.
Their showroom in Farmington is open to the public Monday through Friday.
Lauren Stimpson Oviatt