Buying guide: Flush-mount light fixtures
When buying, look for fixtures that reflect the essence of your space. Flush-mounts can be more than just a practical choice, turning what may otherwise be a humdrum pass-through into a character-filled enclave.
Things to consider:
- How much room do you have for the fixture to drop? The drop is especially important if your fixture is located where a door has to open underneath. Don’t forget, sometimes fixtures have small finials or extra embellishments that make their finished size bigger than you think.
- How does the fixture look lit and unlit? Sometimes they can look quite different, so be sure to purchase one that you like both ways.
- Is the fixture in good condition? Confirm that all the parts mentioned on the box are actually inside it. Look for broken glass, scratches or any other possible manufacturer defects.
- What type of bulb should you use? What wattage is required? Will the fixture be installed on a dimmer? Is the bulb visible? What size and shape of bulb will best suit the fixture? Do you want a clear or frosted one?
Lead image courtesy of Urban Electric Co.
There’s a huge range of styles and finishes available today, contemporary classic looks to traditional favourites to antique reproductions.
- Handmade, industrial chic style or reproductions, including weathered metal, cage enclosures and faceted mirrors.
- Fixtures that imitate jewellery with delicate beads, iridescent glass and crystal.
- French influences, including gilded finishes, ornate detailing and crystal beads.
- Warm burnished and black metal finishes
- Colour, especially in bright, modern applications.
Where to use them
Flush-mount light fixtures are a great alternative to pot lighting, adding softness and character to your rooms. They’re perfect for:
- The entryway/front foyer
- The hallway (they look best when used in multiples).
- The kitchen, over a family dining table or eating nook.
- Areas with a height (or depth) restriction, such as the laundry room, mud room and powder room.
- Spaces where doors or cabinetry require clearance to open at the top or in small spaces where chandeliers or pendant lights just won’t work.
While frosted light bulbs reduce glare, clear bulbs produce a nice sparkly light (although they’re typically brighter). They work especially well for refracting light through glass or crystal fixtures to create pretty reflections – perfect for the powder room. Vintage - and industrial style ones are appealing when exposed.
(1) Plantation flush light fixture. Universal Lamp, $295.
(2) Chisholm Passage flush light fixture. The Urban Electric, $1,205 US.
(3) Frank flush light fixture. Circa Lighting, $693.