Our home turns 132-years-old this year. Can you believe it? 132! When we first moved into this house, the previous owner / landlord had chopped up the layout to create two apartments (well, three, if you count the in-law suite that we’ve since turned into a proper garden apartment), which is pretty typical in Chicago. And when we became the new owners of our sweet old house, we converted the two larger apartments into a single family home. We moved walls, removed one completely and added a proper support beam to the first floor ceiling where there was none. Yeah, crazy.
For a house of this age, it’s rare to have such an open floor plan, although in true Chicago fashion, we do still have separation from the kitchen and the various little nooks that make this home so special. But regardless of where you’re standing in our home, you can almost see every single light fixture in every room on that floor. And until it came time for us to start selecting the various fixtures in our home, we hadn’t realized how important it would be that they all play nicely together!
In hindsight, it makes perfect sense, but I remember being initially paralyzed by the thought. What if we chose incorrectly?
Recently, we swapped out the fan in our home studio to match the drum pendant on opposite end of the same long room. The clean look we were instantly granted made my symmetry loving heart sing, but what about those rooms where it doesn’t make sense to have the same fixture twice? What if you do want a fan on one side and a chandelier on the other? What if you need a floor lamp and a wall sconce and an overhead light?
Perhaps our biggest struggle came into play at our Tree House during our kitchen renovation. We initially chose a beautiful articulating arm brass sconce to hang above the farmhouse sink, but it looked severely out of place when paired with the schoolhouse style overhead light and our living room globe. In the end, we swapped it for a sweet vintage clamshell shade (similar), and now, all the milk glass shades look layered and purposeful. It has taken us years to learn, but we’ve finally realized, that deep down, we will always crave the more classic choice:
Choosing coordinating light fixtures in an open concept home may seem tricky, but keep in mind, it doesn’t mean that all the lights have to exactly the same! We’re big believers in mixed metals and finishes. And, friends, this might be the most important thing I will say today(!), but treat yourself and your home by installing a dimmer switch onto each and every overhead light throughout the house. (There, I said it. Dimmers for all!) These are our favorite everyday dimmers, and these are great for smart home control.
Below, we’ve rounded up various fixtures of all kinds – ceiling lights, fans, table lamps, floor lamps and sconces – and gathered them into groups by style. Any of the lights in each of the groups could all live in the same room, floor, or level of your home and coexist in happy harmony. Happy picking and choosing!
Bold + Structural
Cool + Retro
Bright + Breezy
19. hepburn fan | 20. dawn flushmount | 21. glass globe sconce| 22. agnes pendant | 23. cantilever floor lamp | 24. clark flush mount | 25. black metal chandelier | 26. heritage pendant | 27. classic flush drum
Wood + Weight
28. solo sconce | 29. teardrop lamp | 30. cedar & moss flushmount| 31. melange pill form sconce | 32. alysian flush mount | 33. plums wall sconce | 34. elsa chandelier | 35. tripod table lamp | 36. bare bulb pendant | 37. stand floor lamp | 38. concrete pendant | 39. cranbrook fan
Whimsy + Charm
40. santa barbara pendant | 41. dorette flush mount | 42. clark flush mount | 43. french library sconce | 44. white & wood lamp | 45. cedar & moss flush mount | 46. melrose pendant | 47. dahlia flush mount | 48. capiz honeycomb chandelier| 49. pebble lamp | 50. cacti table lamp | 51. ada II lamp