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Interior Lighting for Barn Homes

Interior lighting for barn homes: Yankee Barn suggests a number of lighting styles which will work in any style post and beam home. Timber frame structures with exposed beams have a few specific features you’re not likely to find in traditional stick-built homes. Having recently built a Yankee Barn carriage house, I discovered the use of chandeliers, track lighting, up lighting, pendant lights, wall sconces, floor lamps and table lamps are all necessary for properly lighting any post and beam home. Here are three aspects of the post and beam structure I took into consideration when making our lighting choices. Barn Homes

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Lofted or Open Spaces

It’s likely there will be lofted ceilings or open spaces in a post and beam home that will need to be appropriately lit.

Suggestion: 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 look awkward and make the room look disproportionate. Barn Homes

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 Exposed Beams 

In a timber frame home, the exposed post and beam frame provides added architectural interest. Highlight the frame (literally), particularly during the nighttime hours.

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

 

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Suggestion: Should you want the space to feel more intimate at night you may opt for table and/or floor lamps. Word of caution: be certain there’s adequate reading light for the nighttime hours. Barn Homes

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Architectural Interest 

Interesting architectural spaces are often created by the timber frame. You may opt to illuminate them, much like works of art. Realistically, that gorgeous post and beam IS a work of art, so show it off! Barn Homes

 

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Suggestion: Don’t forget the romance. Candles and dimmer switches add ambiance to any lighting plan!

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