The family room in your home is where you gather to spend time with those you love. This includes your immediate family members who live with you, as well as friends and relatives who come to visit and perhaps even stay with you for a few days. The family room is meant to be comfortable, and in order to achieve that comfort, it’s important for the lighting to be just right.
At Hacienda Lighting in Scottsdale, we can help you find the ideal family room lighting. We carry everything from the ambient fixtures you need for the ceiling to the lamps that will light your seating and entertainment areas. Visit our showroom today to get started!
Where Should You Start?
When starting on your new family room, it’s important to think about the scale of the project. Are you building a brand new home and starting from scratch on each room, or are you simply updating the fixtures in your existing family room? There are many differences between building a room from the ground up and replacing the lights you already own. The experts at Hacienda can help you with both, and shopping in our showroom is the best way to start that journey.
Shop in a Showroom
Design catalogs and online stores can give you great ideas when it comes to new fixtures for your home. You can easily find multiple lights that you like, and you may even be able to use an online design program to see how the fixtures will look in the actual room.
However, the best way to get a feel for what a light actually looks like and how it could function in your family room is to see it in a showroom. You can look at the fixture from all angles, and our staff will gladly explain the features of a certain light. You may have a style in mind that you like, such as Industrial or Art Deco, but when you see a fixture in real life, you may decide that it’s not quite what you’re looking for in terms of new lighting. By shopping in a showroom, you’ll be able to contrast and compare different lights, plus, you’ll have the expertise of a certified lighting consultant to guide you.
Designing and Building Your New Family Room
If you’re someone who’s building a brand new home, then the family room may be at the top of your list. You want a spacious, comfortable room that can serve as your home theater, your gathering spot, and a place where people can feel at ease. A lot of this begins with the lighting, and whenever you’re building a new house, you need to keep the three categories of lighting in mind — ambient, accent, and task lighting.
The ambient lighting refers to the general lighting that is found in any room. When it comes to the family room, many people opt for the traditional ceiling fan with a light kit. This can be ideal for Scottsdale homes, as they help keep the space cool and comfortable. However, if you want something a bit different, then a chandelier could be the ideal ambient light. There are many modern options that can fit with your design vision for the room.
Another ambient option that you’ll want to consider is recessed lighting. These fixtures are great for any entertainment or theater areas, and you’ll want to be sure that you add dimmer switches so that you can lower the lights when it’s time to watch your favorite movie. You won’t want recessed lights to be the only ambient lighting in the room, but they can complement your central fixture, whether that’s a chandelier, ceiling fan, or semi-flush light.
Accent lighting plays a very important role in your family room, since it acts as the middle layer of illumination (with the ambient lighting taking care of the upper layer). Your accent lights can be wall sconces, floor and table lamps, and track lighting that accentuates your artwork and decor.
If your family room has certain architectural features, such as a vaulted ceiling or a textured wall, then the accent fixtures will highlight those elements, drawing a person’s eye to them. Perimeter up-lights can show off the vaulted ceiling, and your sconces will show off a certain texture or color in the room.
Your floor and table lamps can act as both accent and task lighting. Placing them near your couches and chairs will make the room more inviting, and you can use them when you have people over to visit, or when you sit down to read your favorite book.
Task lighting is intended to provide the illumination you need to get something done, whether that’s reading or putting together a puzzle. Task fixtures are meant to complete that final layer of lighting in your family room — the bottom layer where you need close, personal light so you don’t strain your eyes. If you’re going to use the family room as your reading spot, then having a lamp in the right place will provide the perfect task lighting. If there is to be an area in the room where you can gather to play your favorite board games, then you may want a pendant or other hanging fixture above the table or playing surface.
Your Vision For The Room
Every homeowner has a different vision for their family room. When you’re choosing your ambient, accent, and task lighting, it’s important to keep that vision in mind. You may see the couch sitting in a certain place, or the TV on a certain wall. The lighting balance in the room is essential to making it feel and function the way you want. It’s important to know what you want and don’t want, and even though the house is still being built, you can make decisions on which light fixtures will be in your family room.
At Hacienda, we’re here to help you find the perfect lighting options. No matter what your vision or your budget is for your new family room, we can provide fixtures that fit both. Visit our showroom today to get started!
Family Room Lighting Controls
One of the primary features that should be focused on when it comes to your new family room lighting is the controls. Having one switch that controls every fixture just doesn’t cut it these days, and our team can help you find the right dimmers, sensors, and more for your home.
Different Zones = Different Controls
Your family room might be divided into different zones. You may have one zone for watching TV and movies, one for sitting and reading, and one for playing games. The TV area has recessed lights and perhaps the main ambient fixture, and when it comes time to watch something, you may want the main fixture turned off and the recessed fixtures dimmed so that there isn’t any glare on the screen.
Your seating area may be situated in the corner of the room, and relying just on ambient light can create too many shadows in this space. While any floor or table lamps will be plugged into outlets and operate via their own switches, it can be good to have dedicated fixtures in this zone. You’ll want to install controls that turn any pendants or sconces for this area.
If there is to be a game area, then the light that is intended for this space will likely need a dedicated switch as well. You can also install a dimmer so that you can control how much light is shining on the table.
Where to Put the Controls?
While it can make sense to put all of your controls in one bank near the entrance to the family room, that may not prove to be the ideal setup. You don’t want to have to walk all the way across the room to turn certain lights on or off, so placing each switch near its zone can make the most sense. This can be fairly easy when building a new home, since the electricians will have the freedom to put the wiring and switch boxes where they need to go. Talking with your architect and builder during the initial design phase can ensure that your lighting controls end up in the right spots.
Updating Your Family Room Lighting
If you’re a homeowner who wants to update the family room lighting in the house you currently live in, then our showroom is a great place to start. You might be looking for modern fixtures that improve the appeal of your home before you sell it, or you may simply want to add new lights so your family room functions the way you’ve always wanted.
Whether you’re updating your existing family room or turning a different room into a family space, having the right lighting is key. Our experienced staff is here to guide you every step of the way!
Choosing Your Lighting Style
There are so many lighting styles to choose from these days that it can be hard to decide on the right one for your family room. If you have a certain style that you like, then you can start there when choosing new fixtures. You may have a specific style in other rooms of your house, and you want to continue that motif in your new family room.
At Hacienda, we have access to countless lighting brands and styles, and we can help you narrow down your choices by explaining the features and benefits of each one. If you like Rustic lighting, then we can focus on those fixtures. If you’re interested in Transitional lights that walk the line between classic and contemporary, then we can show you what we have in stock.
Adding Lights to Your Home
Since you’re going to be working in an existing space, it’s important to think about where you can add new lights. You’ll obviously be taking down the main ambient fixture and replacing it with something new, but what about other dedicated fixtures in the room? If you don’t have wall sconces, but you want to add them, then you’ll have to figure out the best way to add new wiring and controls.
New lamps can be the easiest to add to the room, since all you need is a nearby outlet. However, if there aren’t enough outlets, or they’re not situated in the right places for your new room configuration, then you may need to have more added when the rest of the new wiring is being installed.
If you’re ready to update your family room lighting, then come to Hacienda in Scottsdale today. We have a fantastic selection to choose from, and our staff is always happy to help you decide which fixtures will be right for your home. We’re here to answer your questions and provide you with the products and the knowledge that you need to make your family room the best space in your home!