In the 50’s and 60’s we all lived with ordinary flush mount lighting fixtures, a single bulb, and a rather ugly glass cover. Today’s flush mount lighting is smarter, more beautiful, and more useful, delivering far better light. Add to that a dimmer at the switch and you’ve got all you need to create the room of your dreams.
Consider this. Ceilings appear higher with flush mount fixtures. And in a contemporary or mid century modern Wisconsin home flush mount fixtures streamline the look. If ceilings are low they give the impression of more headroom. In one room we did, a Minka Lavery flush mount light, used in multiples across an expanse, shed enough light to make the room much more comfortable in the evening. The beauty of these fixtures added a beat of style, marching across the ceiling.
Trending in Madison, Wisconsin, is a technique connecting your interior rooms to the garden rooms outside the windows, and flush mount fixtures are key. Blurring the lines of indoor and outdoor living helps us navigate long, dark winters with dramatic outdoor landscape lighting on snow-covered branches. And in summer that same lighting draws visitors to the front door, while making our living spaces feel bigger. To do this, combine exterior lighting in the garden with flush mount or semi-flush mount fixtures on dimmers to light the room. Flush mount lighting tucks up and away, close to the ceiling, so it never blocks the view. Done right, it creates a seamless indoor-outdoor living space.
We like flush mount fixtures where ceiling lighting conflicts with doors near entries, and in bedrooms where hitting the switch instantly illuminates the space. We’ve seen some amazing designs in flush mount light fixtures that made us forget those ugly fixtures of our childhood. In a Verona, Wisconsin Parade Home we added an oversized flush mount light fixture to a mother-in-law suite over the bed. It was such a conversation piece we took a pic and posted it on our Pinterest page.
Check out Madison Lighting’s Wish List feature and begin “saving” fixtures by room or project. You’ll find an incredible selection of flush mount lighting including art glass from Quoizel, glass and bronze by Feiss, Mission-sleek from Minka Lavery, and completely contemporary from Kichler, they act as an important element of the décor.