While we wait for the concrete to cure, I’ll tackle another issue in our patio repair/makeover. I mentioned in a previous post that we need new lighting fixtures in the back. I think the ones out there are almost as old as I am. I am torn, so I’m turning to you interwebz. However, know that when I ask for your input, it doesn’t mean I’ll take it. No offense meant by that, it’s just that I’m a woman.
My first instinct when I open up the outdoor lighting sections of the Home Depot and Lowe’s websites is to look at the pretty brown lights. I adore brown. If I could wear brown every day, I would. I go over board on the brown. But, fortunately for me, brown is a nice simple decorating color. Then I realized that we’re getting white gutters. Overall, the trim of the house is a combination of white and blue while we also have some dark red brick and cream stucco. (Don’t ask, it’s hard to explain how all these textures and colors work.) Obviously, based on photos, you can see these lights will go up against the brick. The trim around the door will remain for a while until we pull out the door and replace it with a sliding door that will likely be white, possibly with some blue trim depending on our options at the time. So silver seems like a more neutral color choice in all of this.
That said, I’m not sure I’m 100% sold on the color and styles available for the budget. So, that’s where you come in, Interwebz.
Choice 1: This is the first light I found that somewhat caught my eye. There is no “collection” so the same fixture would have to be used in the back and the front. There is no motion detection, a feature we would like for the front, but not for the back.
This sounds a little odd, but our house, when you look at it for a while, kind of reminds you of a boat. It doesn’t look like a boat, but maybe because it’s the kind of house I would expect to see on a lake or near a marina. This light, for some reason, speaks to that feel. That may be a bad thing.
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Choice 2: The lamp on the left is the second one I found that caught my eye. It has the perk of coming in a collection that gives us more choices for a different light for the front of the house. The one on the right is the first of those two choices. The larger light again does not have motion detection for the front, which kind of sucks.
I was not a huge fan of the lamp for the front. It is much taller than what we have now, and I’m worried it will be too prominent for a relatively small space. (Most of the front of the house is a wall of windows with only a sliver of brick between them and the door.
The lamp for the front isn’t really a “match,” but it is from the same family of fixtures. It’s about 3 inches shorter than what we have in the front now, so it would work. It’s als0 a much cheaper combination than the last choice which makes me a bigger fan. Yay for budget-friendly!
Choice 4: These two don’t actually match. One is from Lowe’s and the other Home Depot. BUT…the lamp choice for the front comes with a motion detector – a plus. Obviously, the fixtures will be on different sides of the house, so the match issue may not really be much of one since they do have some features which are somewhat similar.
So, this is it for the silver fixture options. I’m still considering browns because there are some that I think are more the style I’d prefer, and I don’t think we should rule brown out. Fundamentally, it’s still a neutral color that would work well with the brick. I may also go back and look at some black fixtures. I don’t think I want that much contrast out there, but I’ll take a look. It’s the color of most lamps in the neighborhood that aren’t brass.