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How to Choose The Right Light Fixtures for Your Bathroom

How to Choose The Right Light Fixtures for Your Bathroom

Morgan Sconces from Hinkley Lighting | LC Interiors

 

We recently wrote a post on how to choose the right lights for your kitchen, and this week we’re moving on to the bathroom. Bathrooms often get the short end of the décor stick and end up with more functional lighting than décor, but it doesn’t have to be this way! Whether you’re going for minimal and functional or modern and chic, we’ve got everything you need to know to choose the right lights for your space.

 
For showroom locations, check out our where to buy page! 
 
What type of lighting will you need?
Sovereign from Hudson Valley Lighting | Alyssa Resenheck Photography | Nicole Davis Interiors

 

Bathrooms (as with most rooms) benefit from layered lighting, so you’ll want to layer your main lights with task lighting and ambient lighting options.

Your main lighting will come from overhead fixtures and pot lights. This could be one main fixture in the room or individual fixtures above the tub, shower, etc., or pot lights running throughout.
 
Then you’ll want task lighting, in the case of the bathroom, this will primarily be your vanity lights.
 
Finally, accent lighting can be added in to accentuate certain features of the bathroom’s décor.
 
The amount of lighting you use will of course depend on the size of your space. A smaller bathroom may have just vanity lights and an overhead light, while a larger bathroom may have a variety of light sources.
 
Should your light fixtures match?
New Canaan from Hudson Valley Lighting | Ryann Ford Photography | Amity Worrel & Co. Designs

 

When it comes to choosing your various fixtures, your pieces don’t need to be the same, but they should be a similar style. You probably don’t want an elaborate chandelier paired with rustic farmhouse vanity sconces, for example. Choose lights that complement each other and match the over all style of your bathroom.

 
When choosing metals, they should match, or at least compliment, the other metals in your room such as faucet, drawer handles, etc. We love how both the metals and style of the above sconce match the shower head!
 
Vanity Lights
Let’s start with vanity lights. Typical vanity lights are your average linear light, which gets the job done but doesn’t necessarily do much for the décor.
 
There are definite exceptions here (we love the how the linear vanity lights from DALS enhance the space’s crisp minimal feel in the photo above), but don’t be afraid to consider a more unique option.
Overhead lights
Similar to the vanity lights, you can go for a standard flush mount (which is great for smaller spaces or for a clean minimal look), but you can also mix things up and make a statement with a beautiful pendant or chandelier.
 
Add instant luxe to your room with a chandelier fixture over your bathtub- it seriously doesn’t get any more glam than that!
 
If you are going the flush mount route, you can choose between a simple style, or go for a more intricate design.
 
DALS will be releasing their Smart Home pot lights in June, which will allow you to customize the lighting temperature and colour in your room as well as completely control the lights all from your smartphone or home assistant. They’re perfect to use in the bathroom- go between a bright cool light in the morning to help get you going for the day and then, with just a swipe on your smartphone, switch to warm, dim lighting as you wind down with an evening bath. It’s like built in candlelight!
 
Additional lighting
Of course, we can’t do a bathroom roundup without talking about the adorne wall plates. These little pops of style look so good along your vanity (as shown above in Short Present’s sweet bathroom!). Choose from a variety of plate colours and styles to match your décor and opt for outlets and plugs that enhance their function, such as the pop out outlet.
 
Looking for more help choosing your fixtures? Check out our post on How to Choose the Right Light Fixtures for Your Kitchen and follow us on Instagram for lots of styling tips and inspiration!
 
For more info on any of our products or questions on choosing the right fixtures for your space, give us a call at 902.266.3899, email us at lierin@catalystsales.ca.
These Simple Lighting Upgrades Will Instantly Boost Your Decor

These Simple Lighting Upgrades Will Instantly Boost Your Decor

Blop by Matteo Lighting
 
When it comes to redecorating, there are generally two routes: sometimes, you want to do a full decor overhaul, but other times you just want to make a few tweaks that will dramatically change the look of your room.
 
A fresh paint job or new furniture is great, but these options can be costly and time consuming, and we believe that one of the best ways to make quick budget friendly changes is to simply upgrade your lights and lighting accessories.
 
In today’s post, we’re sharing a few easy upgrades you can make that will have a seriously big impact.
For showroom locations, check out our where to buy page! 
 
Upgrade to a statement fixture.
Daisy by Mitzi
 
A statement light fixture can add an instant dose of style to your room and take a space from average to Pinterest worthy.
 
Consider the impact of an eye catching chandelier in place of a standard flush mount and you’ll see what we mean! Spruce up your living room, dining area, foyer and more by changing nothing but the light fixture.
 
Below are a few of our favourites and for more, check out our post here where we rounded up 52 of our favourite statement fixtures.
Left to right: Raef by Troy Lighting, Verdino by Eurofase, Enchant by Matteo Lighting
 
Upgrade your wall plates.
The Antique Bronze wall plate, styled by Amy Peters
 
Think wall plates have no place in decor? Think again! The stylish designer wall plates from Legrand’s adorne collection make a huge impact and are such a simple swap.
 
The plates are available in a wide variety of materials, colours, and designs, and can even be customized. We love using them in high impact areas such as your kitchen backsplash.
Wall plate upgrade, before and after
 
 
Upgrade your light bulbs.
Yup, even light bulbs can have a huge effect on your space! We are proud to rep the Smart Bulbs from DALS lighting which, among many other features, allow you to change the colour and lighting temperature from your bulbs all from your smartphone or home assistant!
 
How does this affect your decor? Lighting temperature has such a big impact on the look and feel of a space (and can even change the look of your paint colours). Think of the cozy hygge vibe a soft warm light can create vs. the fresh airy look you get from a cool bulb. With the Smart Bulbs, you get the best of both worlds because you can navigate between cool lighting (great for mornings and day time) and warm lighting (great for evenings and entertaining).
 
Switching to a Smart Bulb is as easy as screwing out your old bulb and screwing in a DALS bulb. To learn more about the bulbs and DALS’ other Smart Home products, check out our post here.
 
 
Upgrade your table lamps.
Mia lamp from Mitzi | design: Lana Michele
 
Switching a plain table lamp out for a cute one adds a super stylish pop to your space. We especially love the table lamps from Mitzi, which are as much a decor piece as they are a light source.
Left to right: Margot, Lena, Fiona, Piper
 
Have questions about our lines or need help choosing a fixture? Give us a call at 902.452.3899 or email us at lierin@catalystsales.ca
DALS Smart Home Line: Wifi Lighting Made Simple

DALS Smart Home Line: Wifi Lighting Made Simple

One of our favourite product lines from the last year is without a doubt the Smart Home products from DALS Lighting. We’ve written before about the Smart Bulbs, which allow you to control your lightbulbs via your app or home assistant (with no hub or complicated hook up required), but DALS has recently expanded their Smart Home collection and we are obsessed. The extended line is set to be available by June 2019!
 
As we mentioned, all of the following products can be controlled via an app on your phone or your home assistant (Amazon Alexa, Google Home, etc.). There’s no complicated set up required at all and getting started is as easy as screwing in your lightbulb/installing your product and downloading the app.
 
For showroom locations, check out our where to buy page! 
 
 
With the app you can…
  • Turn the lights on and off
  • Set them on a timer (we love using the Smart Bulb as a circadian alarm clock)
  • Change the light temperature (ie. change between warm to cool)
  • Change the colour of the light
  • Set the light to music (great for parties)
  • and more.
 
 
 
Smart Bulb
The original Smart Home product, the bulb can replace any normal bulb and comes in two variations: the first lets you change the colour temperature (cool to warm) and the second allows you to also change the colour of the light. These bulbs give you the effortless convenience of a smart home lighting system for just ~$30/bulb.
 
The bulbs are also available in BR30 style, which fit into pot lights and flood lights. This allows homeowners to easily swap their existing lights into smart fixtures.
 
Available now, BR30 available June 2019
 
 
 
Smart Tape Light
Designed for both outdoor and indoor use, run the tape light anywhere you’d like accent lighting.
 
This is great for under or above kitchen cabinets, along a deck or balcony, or anywhere where you need a subtle lighting solution.
 
Available June 2019
 
 



Smart Pot Lights
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Checking out the pot lights at Lightovation 2019
 
DALS new Smart Pot Lights are the perfect wifi lighting solution for both residential and commercial spaces. These along with the flush mounts give homeowners a whole new level of wifi lighting control.
 
See the Smart Home pot lights here and here.
 
Available April 2019
 
 
 
Smart Flush Mount
And lastly, DALS new Smart flush mounts give you the same great wifi capabilities in a decorative light.
 
Available in a white finish, it’s a sleek and stylish addition to any space.
 
 
Available June 2019
 
 
 
DALS’ Smart Home line maintains the original easy to use smart technology of the Smart Bulb and expands it to a range of lighting options that can be used indoors, outdoors, commercially, and residentially. The products have made smart technology easier than ever to incorporate into your space.
 
For questions on any of the products we rep, give us a call at 902.452.3899 or email us at lierin@catalystsales.ca
Valentine’s Giveaway: Win the Blair Light Fixture from Mitzi!

Valentine’s Giveaway: Win the Blair Light Fixture from Mitzi!

It’s been a minute since we’ve run a giveaway but we are back with one of our favourites yet!! Just in time for Valentine’s, we’ve teamed up with Robyn, principal designer and owner of Bricks and Birches, to bring you a v-day themed giveaway.
The prize
One lucky winner will receive this sweet pink light fixture from Mitzi! The Blair is one of Mitzi’s newest pieces in their Colour collection, and these pastel pieces were featured in Robyn’s 2019 lighting trends report! It offers the perfect pop of colour to brighten up a room without being over powering.
 
How to enter
All you have to do to enter is..
1. Follow @catalystelectrics and @bricksandbirches on Instagram
2. Tag 2 friends in separate comments on the Instagram giveaway post.
 
It’s that simple!
 
Content rules:
1. Contest runs from Tuesday, February 12 to Thursday, February 14 at 8pm
2. Winner will be announced Feb. 14 at 9pm.
3. Participants must be 18 years old or older and located in Atlantic Canada.
 
For questions on any of our products, give us a call at 902.452.3899 or email us at lierin@catalystsales.ca
9 Lighting Fixtures that Will Transform Your Room

9 Lighting Fixtures that Will Transform Your Room

Astoria by Hudson Valley Lighting | photo: Alma Arrieta
 
Sometimes, a light is just a light. You need it for function and don’t think much more about it.
 
But sometimes (most times, in our opinion!), a light is an opportunity to totally transform the look of your space! From statement chandeliers to cool modern accent lights, the right fixture can seriously enhance and define a space.
 
In this week’s post, we’re looking at nine light fixtures that will have a major impact on your room’s style.
 
Want to incorporate one of these fixtures into your space? Scroll to the bottom of the post for Where to Buy!
 
SOMERSET – HINKLEY LIGHTING
Sometimes, less is more, and never is that more the case than with Hinkley’s Somerset pendants, These are, in our opinion, light fixture perfection and they bring a level of understated style that will elevate any space they’re put in.
 
 
SOLEIL – MATTEO LIGHTING
This beautiful fixture is guaranteed to warm up any space! The inviting statement piece looks just as amazing over your kitchen table as it does in a high end hotel lobby.
 
It fits any area, bringing warmth and style wherever it goes.
 
 
 
 
 
ROSALIA – EUROFASE
If you want to go glam, there’s no better line than Eurofase. The Rosalia is just one of their many stunning fixtures, and if you really want to make an impact, look no further than their gorgeous collections.
 
 
ODYSSEY – TROY LIGHTING
The Odyssey fixture from Troy Lighting has an almost other-worldy look that we cannot get enough of!
 
Available in a variety of sizes ranging from a single pendant to a nine light chandelier, it’s perfect for making a subtle impact or a true statement.
 
 
 
 
 
 
CONSTELLATION – SONNEMAN
Sonneman’s Constellation collection features a stunning array of fixtures modelled after the major constellations. Choose between Aquarius Major (pictured above), Aquila Minor, Ursa Major, and more.
 
 
KIKI – MITZI
You don’t always need a big fixture to make a big impact! The pastel options from Mitzi are so on trend and are anything but an ordinary light.
 
We love the Kiki, pictured here, but they also carry a whole collection of stylish, pastel fixtures.
 
 
 
 
BIJOUX – CORBETT LIGHTING
Just like the name suggests, the Bijoux collection from Corbett Lighting looks as much like fine jewelry as it does a light fixture! Pictured above, you can see it’s available in both a chandelier and a wall sconce. Both styles are available in various sizes.
 
 
SMART HOME PRODUCTS – DALS LIGHTING
The Smart Home products from DALS are one of our favourite products to have come out this year. Using just the app or your home assistant (like Amazon Alexa) you can control the lights, change their colour, change the light temperature, set them to music, and so much more. Currently available in light bulbs, tape light, and flush mounts, they are a super cool addition to any room in the home.
 
 
For more of our favourite fixtures, make sure you’re following us on Instagram!
 
And for questions about any of our products, give us a call at 902.266.3899, email us at lierin@catalystsales.ca.
Introducing the Becki Owens x Hudson Valley Lighting Collection

Introducing the Becki Owens x Hudson Valley Lighting Collection

Forget celebrities – it’s designers and decorators that really get us starstruck, and we couldn’t be more excited over the new collaboration between Hudson Valley Lighting and decor-superstar, Becki Owens.
 
If you’re reading this post, there’s a good chance your IG feed is full of beautiful homes and decor tips and photos and that you hold Becki’s designs in the same kind of reverence we do!
 
Becki created a cohesive collection of simple, elegant pieces that fit beautifully into any space, which she says was inspired by California, where she calls home.
 
“This collection is inspired by the California beach town where I live and work, my love of modern clean lines mixed with coastal, mid-century shapes, and bohemian influences. I wanted the collection to be modern yet timeless and versatile. Each piece makes a beautiful statement that elevates and brightens a space with a fresh, crisp modern feel.”
 
Let’s take a look at the collection. And don’t forget to scroll to the bottom of the post for Where to Buy.
 
IVY WALL SCONCE
The chic Ivy wall sconce looks great just about anywhere, and we think they’d fit perfectly as bathroom vanity lights, bedside lights, and living room accents. They’re available in Aged Brass, Old Bronze, and Polished Nickle.
 
 
 
 
 
IVY PENDANT
 
The Ivy is also available in pendant form! Choose from three sizes and three finishes to get the look that’s perfect for your space.
 
 Like the sconce, the Ivy pendants are both stylish and classic, so they work just about everywhere.
 
 
 
REN CHANDELIER
Perfect for foyers, kitchen islands, and more, the Ren chandelier is an eye catching piece without being overwhelming.
 
Available in Polished Silver and Aged Old Bronze, it’s guaranteed to be a show stopper!
 
 
 
RICHIE CHANDELIER
Rounding out the collection is the Richie chandelier. This beautiful rustic piece, available in two sizes and two finishes is the definition of modern farmhouse, so if you’re on board with this stylish trend, it’s the piece for you!
 
We especially love the braided chain, which sets this fixture apart from other similar styles on the market.
 
For questions about any of our lines and products, don’t hesitate to reach out! Give us a call at 902.452.3899 or email us at lierin@catalystsales.ca
Our 7 Favourite Light Fixtures from Lightovation 2019

Our 7 Favourite Light Fixtures from Lightovation 2019

 
If you’re following us on Instagram, you’ll have noticed that we were in Dallas this week for Lightovation 2019! We got the opportunity to check out some amazing new releases from our lighting lines (and if you missed them, you can check out some highlights in our IG stories!).
 
There were so many gorgeous fixtures on display that it was hard to choose, but there were a few that seriously stood out. If you’re looking for new light fixtures or lighting inso, check out our top picks.
 
For showroom locations, check out our where to buy page! 
 
SCARLETT – MITZI
Truly what lighting fixture dreams are made of. The Scarlett from Mitzi is just beyond stylish and fits in perfectly with Robyn’s predictions for 2019 Lighting Trends.
 
This stunner is available in black, blue, pink, and white, and it sure to be flying off the shelves when it’s released to the market in April.
 
 
 
UTOPIA – CORBETT LIGHTING
This season, Corbett teamed up with renowned designer-to-the-stars, Martin Lawrence Bullard, to create the most amazing collection. Choosing one favourite really isn’t possible, and you need to view the whole collection to really appreciate what it has to offer.
 
His high-end (read: pricier than most of the fixtures we rep) collection will be available in April.
 
 
SKYE – HINKLEY LIGHTING x LISA MCDENNON
Illuminate your room with some mid-modern century flair with the Skype fixture from Hinkley Lighting x Lisa McDennon’s new collection.
 
We’re in love with all of the fixtures she’s created, but this one (and its matching single pendant) really caught our eye.
 
 
 
 
 
 
VERDINO – EUROFASE
Eurofase’s Verdino fixtures wasn’t a new release at Lightovation, but it is the one that got the most responses on our IG stories and it’s truly one of our all time favourites, so we thought it deserved a spot on the list.
 
This fixture is more than just a light- it’s art! And trust us, it’s even more breathtaking in person. Available in 9 & 6 light chandeliers and single pendants, there’s a Verdino for every space.
 
 
PARTICLES – MATTEO LIGHTING
Matteo’s showroom was brimming with fresh, minimal, and modern fixtures, but this cute and simple wall sconce seemed to stand out front the crowd. We can picture this in so many rooms around the home, and if you’re looking for something a little bigger, check out the Particles chandeliers.
 
 
LED MIRRORS – EUROFASE
Not a light fixture, but also not, not a light fixture! We fell in love with the new line of LED mirrors from Eurofase, in particular, this trendy Strap mirror.
 
Eurofase’s LED mirror selection includes everything from mini vanity mirrors to floor length stand up mirrors to bathroom mirrors, all done in a variety of aesthetic styles.
 
 
 
For more gorgeous new releases from Lightovation, checkout our IG story highlights, and for questions about any of our products, give us a call at 902.266.3899, email us at lierin@catalystsales.ca.
How to Choose the Right Light Fixtures for Your Kitchen

How to Choose the Right Light Fixtures for Your Kitchen

Milo by Mitzi | Brit Arnesen of Brit Dot Design
 
Hey guys! We’re down in Dallas this week for Lightovation 2019! We’ve had the chance to check out some amazing new products and fixtures for our lines and can’t wait to share them with you. We’ve been posting some of our favourites in our Instagram stories, so you can check those out now, and we’ve got a blog post coming soon!
 
This week, we’re taking a look at kitchen light fixtures and how you can choose the right ones for your space. Choosing a light fixture seems like a no-brainer…until you actually have to do it! Then you realize there is so much to take into consideration, like the size of the light, where to place them, how low to hang your pendants, etc. etc.
 
We’re here to help guide you through the process, so keep reading to learn how to choose the perfect light fixture for your kitchen.
 
To shop any of the products we mention in this post, scroll to the bottom for Where to Buy.
 
Consider your room’s overall style
Somerset pendants by Hinkley Lighting
 
Although they’re often an after thought in the decorating process, your fixtures have a huge impact on the look of your room. Consider the overall style of your space and then decide what kind of impact you want your fixture to have. If you have a busy, colourful decor theme, you may want a clean, simple pendant to keep things from feeling overwhelming.
 
Or maybe you’ve gone for a clean minimal space and you want an eye catching fixture to act as a focal point for the room. Want to add a modern twist to an otherwise cozy and rustic kitchen? Consider an industrial style to give you the perfect modern farmhouse feel.
 
Remember that your light isn’t an afterthought but rather an integral part of your design!
 
Layer your light
In all rooms, but kitchens especially, one big light in the middle of the room just isn’t enough. Instead, consider how you can layer your light to match the atmosphere and functionality you want in your space. There are three types of lights you’ll want to include: decorative, accent, and task.
 
Let’s start with the decorative. These are your larger pieces that really add to the decor and are typically hung over the kitchen island and/or table. These are the fun pieces to pick out! Scroll through our blog to get inspiration on fixtures for your space!
 
Next, you’ll want to add in some accent lighting. These are things like pot lights, track lighting, and even lamps around your kitchen that add a dimension to the lighting. DALS Lighting carries an amazing selection of pot lights and linear lights. They’re also coming out with colour and temperature changing pot lights that work just like their Smart Bulbs! We’re really excited for them and will be sharing more soon.
 
Finally, task lighting is the practical lighting that you’ll need, such as under cabinet and pantry lighting.
 
How to hang your lights
 
Once you have your decorative lights, you’ll need to figure out how to hang them. Again, this sounds simple in theory but can be challenging when it comes to it. For everything you need to know to perfectly hang your lights, check out our guest post from Halifax-based decorator, Nancy Dibblee.
 
Don’t forget about the details!
adorne plate in brushed brass | Photo: Dave and Ping
 
And by details, we mean beautiful wall plates. Take your kitchen backsplash from average to insta-worthy with the line of gorgeous designer wall plates from Legrand’s adorne collection. In addition to their stylish plates, you can also get cool features like USB outlets and pop-out outlets.
 
For more info on any of our products or questions on choosing the right fixtures for your space, give us a call at 902.266.3899, email us at lierin@catalystsales.ca.
7 Modern Farmhouse Light Fixtures that Will Transform Your Space

7 Modern Farmhouse Light Fixtures that Will Transform Your Space

Haven Design and Construction | Matthew Niemann Photography
 
One of the most popular decor trends in recent years is the modern farmhouse style, which takes a warm, rustic twist on industrial chic. Much like the name suggests, it stylishly fuses the warmth and homeyness of a farmhouse style and adds in cool, modern touches to keep it from being stuffy or old fashioned.
 
A big part of nailing this style involves getting the right lighting fixtures. Light fixtures often serve as a focal point in the modern farmhouse room, and features to look for are simple styles, mixed metals, class, exposed bulbs, and wrought iron accents.
 
To help you pick the perfect fixtures, we’ve rounded up some of our favourites for you to choose from.
 
WEBSTER – HUDSON VALLEY LIGHTING
Design: Lea Johnson | TEM Photography, Tiffany Sass
 
The Webster fixture is modelled after a bell, and offers a fresh and modern look on this timeless structure. Mixing textured black iron with metals, it is practically the definition of modern farmhouse.
 
 
SUTTON – TROY LIGHTING
If you’re looking to add a touch of glam to your modern farmhouse style, the Sutton is the perfect fit. This chandelier from Troy Lighting manages to combine a rustic country feel with a high end finish to give you the perfect statement fixture.
 
SPHERICON – MATTEO LIGHTING
The chain link and unique shape of the Sphericon pendants make them an eye catching addition to a modern farmhouse space. Available in aged gold brass and chrome, and clear or opal glass, you can choose the option that perfectly suits your taste.
 
 
MARQUIS – MATTEO LIGHTING
Another sleek yet rustic chandelier, the Marquis gets its industrial look from its exposed bulbs and black finish, while keeping a rustic feel from its circular shape. We particularly love these piece over a dining room table.


MARLOW – HUDSON VALLEY LIGHTING
Mike Chajecki | Sarah St. Amand Interior Design
 
The Marlow fixtures from Hudson Valley Lighting are definitely more industrial than modern farmhouse, but they pair perfectly with this otherwise rustic-style kitchen to add a fresh and current feel.
 
 
DENTON – HINKLEY LIGHTING
Combining industrial finishes with rustic wood accents, it doesn’t get anymore modern farmhouse than Hinkley Lighting’s Denton fixture.
 
The collection offers a variety of styles, from wall sconces to chandeliers, so you can incorporate this look anywhere in your space.


STINSON – HINKLEY LIGHTING
Hinkley offers a great selection of modern farmhouse fixtures, but one of our favourites is the Stinson chandelier. The candle bulbs and iron cage give it a lantern look, that is somehow traditional and modern at the same time.
 
Looking for more decor tips? We share weekly interior lighting inspiration on our blog! Get started with these popular posts:
 
 
Have questions about our lines or need help choosing a fixture? Give us a call at 902.452.3899 or email us at lierin@catalystsales.ca