IDENTIFY THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE TREND
Rustic décor typically embodies unrefined textures, woven fabrics, weathered metals, wrought iron and the beauty of natural wood. So, good news, with an emphasis on all these different elements, your lighting choice doesn’t necessarily have to be completely matchy-matchy with the rest of the room.
SIZE THE FIXTURE TO YOUR SPACE
Lighting should complement and enhance your room, not overpower it, which means what goes underneath it is important, too. If it’s a bed or sofa, you’ll want to create the sense of a cozy hangout; and if it’s a kitchen table, it’ll be more for illumination purposes. Lastly, the proper measurements are key: too high and it’s unnoticeable and too low can create an issue for guests’ heights, and interrupt views through windows or across your kitchen.
DECIDE HOW MUCH OF AN IMPRESSION YOU PLAN TO MAKE
If you have a grand foyer and want your light to be the focal point upon entry, you may want to consider an oversized, statement-making chandelier. Some open concept kitchens can even call for two of the same lights; yes, for practical purposes but also for a stunning aesthetic—symmetry is easy on the eyes! Keep in mind that lighting does more than just… provide light. It can help to accent artwork or amplify all those cool textures found in other areas of your rustic-inspired abode.