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Dear How to Decorate,

I am building a house and I need light fixtures. I am wondering what coordinates on your website with the ones I like:

LC644 3 – for the kitchen breakfast bar

LC766 for the dining room; however, does this coordinate with the above fixtures listed? It doesn’t seem to but it won’t be right next to any of them.

LW526 2 for master bath but is there a small chandelier to coordinate with in the bath and then in the master entry hallway and in the master bedroom? Or LC724 in the master bath with coordinating two scones in the master bath and fixtures for the other areas listed.

I also have three boys’ rooms, one family room, one living room, one entry way that need fixtures.

The first photo is the entryway, the second photo is one boy’s room and the third photo is family room with breakfast bar future site in foreground.

Thank you,


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Hi Moira,

We are excited that you are building a new house! What a fun adventure …

Your family room has loads of natural light so consider using recessed lights and table lamps in your area instead of a ceiling fixture. A fabulous table lamp is our Malia Seeded Lamp. Your choice of the Brockton Mini Pendant is a practical and simple solution for the kitchen breakfast bar.

Since your dining is separated from the kitchen, we think the Vernay Chandelier in Oil Rubbed Bronze is a great choice.

For your entryway, consider our Owen Chandelier. We love the way the horizontal profile plays off of your long rectangular window above the front entrance.


The boys’ rooms can go many different directions depending on the theme or decorating style of the room.
We think the Chase Ceiling fixture looks very masculine.

For a bit of whimsy in another room, consider using the Star Ceiling fixture … especially in multiples. Our suggestions is to create a unique shape on the ceiling and use the light to punctuate the corners!


We are sure that with three boys your master lighting fixtures need to give an air of soothing calm.

We like your choice of the Emmeline Wall Sconce for the bathroom and think the Emmeline Chandelier will be stunning in the master bedroom!

For the master entry, consider the Mariah Ceiling Mount as a go-to piece.

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Have fun planning and Happy Decorating!

The How to Decorate Team

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