The Right Lighting (Fixture) is Everything

Every selfie enthusiast can agree- lighting is everything.

When it comes to the lights and fixtures you have in your home, this rings true as well.


You can have the most stunning furniture and room design imaginable, but a wonky chandelier can instantly kill the mood. Witness how replacing traditional lights with coastal light fixtures completely transforms this space’s composition.

Here we have the Living Room:

Coastal living room with traditional chandelier


The gorgeous furniture, complementary rug, and design furnishings should be grabbing your eye. But more likely than not, it’s being drawn upward to the dark traditional chandelier. Not saying it’s a bad chandelier, its actually quite lovely…just not in this newly remodeled coastal chic living room. All the time and effort (and $$$) spent redecorating is for naught without the perfect pièce de résistance.

So let’s try this one:


Coastal Living room interior design decor Coastal Living room interior design decor

Coastal Living room interior design decorTrès magnifique!

This capiz chandelier ties the entire room together with elegance, composure, and obviously- light. The color allows it to blend in with the room and the fact that it is made of capiz, a derivative of an oyster shell, significantly adds to the seaside theme.


Coastal Home Decor and Coastal Light Fixture
Coastal decor
Coastal home Decor driftwood table
Driftwood coffee table



Another illustration to consider:

The office was in the midst of being converted from a formal dining room (full transformation here) when it became evident that the existing traditional Wheat chandelier was not going to marry well with the intended beachy Boss Lady vibe. Queue in a fabulous wooden fixture with burlap chain cover and…..

Coastal Home Decor and Coastal Light Fixture Coastal office
Coastal office and chandelier


Much more of a coastal impression with this light white wooden fixture. The ceiling in this room is 14’+ so the chandelier is dropped fairly low to give the best appearance. A burlap chain cover was added to coincide with the texture in the jute rug, and to hide the chain of course.


Coastal Home Decor and Coastal Light Fixture
Coastal decor



Now on to the entryway chandelier

The color palette is now much…lighter (see what I did there?). And the entryway has been softened by the neutral colors of the compass chandelier.



Finally, let’s look at the whole picture

Wow. See what an outrageous difference the right lighting fixtures can have? The sore thumbs are gone, leaving the full space with clean, coordinating, coastal chandeliers. Fabulous transition.


If you are thinking of upgrading your lighting fixtures, there are a few things you need to consider. Will it work with your long term furniture/decor theme? What if you changed the paint color of your walls? Will it give off as much light as you need in that room?

Here’s a another lighting transformation with a more hip Boho Chic vibe.

Next time we will talk about the importance of having the correct light bulbs in those fabulous fixtures. Stay tuned!

Like what you see? Learn how and why the pieces of decor were selected here.


Special shout out to @katiegradendesigns for her immense guidance with this transformation. If you aren’t following her yet, you need to!



28 Replies to “The Right Lighting (Fixture) is Everything”

    1. Hi Rita!

      It’s Canvas Tan from Sherwin Williams. A great neutral “greige” that can look tan or gray depending on the amount of light in the room.

  1. Did you use live plants throughout your space? I’m wanting to add green, but I’m not sure which plants to get that will live inside and not wither.

    1. Hi Mary!

      I use a mix in my home depending on the area. If I want to put it somewhere with decent sunlight like by a window, I’ll use real. My orchids and many of my other indoor house plants are several years old. Otherwise, @katiegradendesigns does a PHENOMENAL job finding the absolute best looking artificial ones. They last a lifetime 😉

    1. Hi Mary!
      Which one are you in love with? I’ve got the capiz stunner, the dramatic wooden with the burlap chain cover, or the bright compass. Let me know which one and I’ll gladly let you know where I found it. Thanks!

      1. Hello, this is two years old now however I would love to know where both compass chandeliers were purchased or the name of the chandelier.

        1. Hi Robin!

          The compass chandelier is from Lowes and actually comes in 2 sizes. It’s been a while, but I believe they still carry them in stock.

  2. I love the whole living room. Mine is of similar shape and I never thought about using four chairs instead of a sofa and chair. Where were those purchased? Or something similar?
    Thank you.

    1. Hi Susan!

      Thank you very much, this is my favorite room in the house. It is kind of an awkward shape though. We tried a couple different sofas in every way possible, and it was just NOT going to happen. The chairs are from Kirkland’s and they are SO comfy.

    1. Hi Amy!

      That table was actually a HomeGoods score. I don’t see any kind of brand or marking anywhere on it or I would gladly pass it along. Hopefully you have one near you, its one of my absolute favorite places to treasure hunt!

    1. Hi Dena!

      The super soft rug is from At Home. I love it because it has a slight sheen to it that picks up the light. They had gorgeous chairs in the same hue blue as well.

    1. Thanks Valerie!

      I think those may have come from a local boutique, but there is a sticker for Turtle King on them. I hope that helps!

  3. I am trying to find the cream and blue rug under the driftwood table. It would be perfect for my room. I can’t find it At Home. Do you possibly have a style number, the maker, etc, for it? Thank you!

    1. Hi Susan!
      It was from At Home circa 2019 and I’m so sorry but I sold it a couple weeks ago so I can’t see the style number. I seem to remember it being called “turquoise trellis” and will see if I still have the receipt!

  4. Absolutely beautiful! We are planning on renovating our beach condo this winter. I’d love to know where you got the mirror, driftwood table and seahorse.

    1. Hi Kim!

      Thank you, and I love a good beach condo reno! The driftwood table is from J Turner Design & Co, the mirror was a super lucky (and heavy) Home Goods score, and the sea horse was from a local beach market. Happy designing!

    1. Hi Kathy!

      The compass chandelier is from Lowes and actually comes in 2 sizes. It’s been a while, but I believe they still carry them in stock. The driftwood table is from J Turner Design & Co.

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