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Design Tip Tuesday | Updating Lighting


-While there is nothing "wrong" with the before (left), it wasn't the client's style. Imagine the before lighting (chrome and transitional style) with the client's modern would not look right!



There are things that are easy and cost effective to update, especially if you are somewhat handy, such as hardware, lighting, and paint.

For the Portland, OR client who's dining room is featured above, she chose to change out all chrome builder grade items in her Portland spec home to matte black and it not only made HER happy, it also sold the house in record time. With my trade discounts it cost her around $8,000 for products and install (almost $20,000 retail), but yielded $60,000 in equity in one year of home ownership according to her realtor!!

Want an update, but don't have a lot of time and/or money?

Start with those three things- so far part one we are highlighting ...

LIGHTING (for starters- goodbye boob flush mount light shown below)

- Lighting is an amazing part of design that is often overlooked. Yes, you need to be able to see to cook, work, read, fold laundry, etc. BUT, it is a visual design element! And curating a collection of mixed metals, different shapes, or sizes help it look reminiscent, but not all bought from the same collection, and makes a space personalized.

If you hate your lighting, start with the flushmounts in your public spaces.

Then tackle any pendants, such as over a kitchen island or peninsula. Two other impactful areas are the foyer and dining chandelier (like pictured above) and vanity lighting in bathrooms.

Design Tip Tuesday | Pinnacle Interior Designs
Design Tip Tuesday | Pinnacle Interior Designs

Design Tip Tuesday | Pinnacle Interior Design
Design Tip Tuesday | Pinnacle Interior Designs

-Modern black and white alternatives to the builder grade "boob" light. Small change...big impact!


-Before and After of a powder with a few key switches that didn't cost much, but had a HUGE difference... especially the statement vanity light!

Design Tip Tuesday | Pinnacle Interior Designs
Design Tip Tuesday | Pinnacle Interior Designs

-Curated lighting plan for a transitional remodel in Minnetonka, MN that is mixing metals and shapes. Not one is from the same brand, but all coordinate very well not only with each other, but the elements around them, such as the stainless appliances, gold cabinet hardware, and white perimeter cabinetry.



I'm not the #paintandlightguru for nothing!


Thank you for joining in and reading! I hope you got an insight into what we do, who we work with, the reality behind making old spaces new, and how awesome are clients are!

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Jeanna Letzring, Owner/Interior Designer



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