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Old 09-13-2011, 11:38 AM   #1
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Lighting in c1915 basement


I'm not sure this is the correct area to post, but I kind of felt this was an interior design delima, so I hope it's ok.

With that said, I'm working on finishing the basement in my 1915 Craftsman Bungalow. We are trying to keep the house fairly period certain, with more vintage lighting such as antique brass chandelier's, hanging pendants, etc in the more public areas of the house.

This wasn't a problem on the main floor as we have 9' ceilings, but in the basement I'm forced to deal with about 7' ceilings. For a quick fix to the lack of lighting in the basement when I bought the house I added can lights, it takes about 9 of them on each side of the basement to light it up to a decent level. The main portion of the basement, which will be more public space, is 1 large room devided in half by a support beam, which I am adding cabinets to either side with a tapered column over the support posts, to match a similar column on the main floor. One half of this space will be our non-formal living room, where we'll watch TV, etc. The other half will have a small table, possibly some games such as an old pac-man table or pinball machine along with a wet-bar, which will have 4 or 5 low light hanging penants hung over the actual bar.

My question is would it look lot's better to pull out the can lights and go with strictly penants on the walls, a combination of both or just stick with the can lights and use some vintage floor lamps to add ambiance? If I go with the can lights, I plan to use decorative trim rings to try to add a more vintage feel.

I am also wondering if I go with wall sconces, how many would I need in order to light the area properly? Each section is about 14' wide by 16' long, if memory serves correct. I could scetch up the floor plan if need be.

Part of my fear is finding enough vintage wall sconces that match to fill the area, without buying all new and breaking the bank.

Thanks for any feedback.....

On a side note I plan to use ceiling paper to finish the drywall on the ceiling instead of more modern options. Not sure if that makes a difference or not for lighting, but figured, I'd throw it in there.
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I am also wondering if I go with wall sconces, how many would I need in order to light the area properly? Each section is about 14' wide by 16' long, if memory serves correct. I could scetch up the floor plan if need be.

Part of my fear is finding enough vintage wall sconces that match to fill the area, without buying all new and breaking the bank.

Thanks for any feedback.....

On a side note I plan to use ceiling paper to finish the drywall on the ceiling instead of more modern options. Not sure if that makes a difference or not for lighting, but figured, I'd throw it in there.
How about a combination of both sconces and cans with the cans on a different switch. I personally like the light given off by sconces....makes for soft diffused lighting....but when you need an extra kick....turn on the cans.

Ceiling paper? We did that in our living room....my wife is English so it's one of the details she wanted.......I just hope you and your wife work well together....it takes team work.....it almost caused a divorce with her parents....but not an issue for us....I know how to follow her instructions....

Oh....the ceiling paper is typically painted....that is if you use the real stuff from the UK....hence, you can go any color you want. We used gloss white.....

Here is what our ceiling looks like with the ceiling paper.

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ddawg16, I think a combo might be nice, I mentioned once again I was thinking of scrapping the cans and she wasn't thrilled with the idea. As for the ceiling paper, we've already installed in in one bedroom, a bathroom and a hallway. We figured out a great technique and this is one task we seem to be able to handle together and managed to make it look great, my mother on the other hand didn't have such luck when she installed hers prior to us installing ours. The stuff we've used said it could be painted or left unpainted, so far we've left it unpainted and I like it that way. To me that's part of the charm.....not having to paint!!!
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