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Enlightenment: Interior Lighting for a Timber Frame Home

Lighting a timber frame home has a few specifics you may not find in other homes. Having just done one myself, I’ve discovered the use of chandeliers, track lighting, up lighting, pendant lights, wall sconces, floor lamps and table lamps were all necessary for properly lighting different areas of my carriage house. Here are 3 things I considered when I chose our lighting.

1) Lofted or Open spaces: It’s more likely there will be lofted ceilings or open spaces that need to be appropriately lit.

A chandelier can add wonderful character to a room if it's the right design and size. When in doubt go bigger! Chandeliers that are too small for a space look awkward.

A chandelier can add wonderful character to a room if it’s the right design and size. When in doubt go bigger! Chandeliers that are too small for a space look awkward.

antler chandelier

2) Exposed Beams: There will be exposed beams you’ll want to highlight (literally), particularly during the nighttime hours.

Small halogen track lighting is useful as it can be hidden by a beam yet project optimal lighting.

Small halogen track lighting is useful as it can be hidden by a beam yet project optimal lighting.

Nightstand lamp

If you want the space to feel more intimate at night you may opt for a table or floor lamp. Just be sure you can still see enough to read.

If you want the space to feel more intimate at night you may opt for a table or floor lamp. Just be sure you can still see enough to read.

3) Architectural Interest: Interesting architectural spaces are often created by the timber frame and you may opt to illuminate them, much like works of art. After all, that gorgeous post and beam IS a work of art so show it off!

Wisteria candelabra

garden crane

Don't for get the romance. Candles, dimmer switches and ambiance are key!

Don’t forget the romance. Candles, dimmer switches and ambiance are key!

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