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Choosing Flush or Semi Flush Lights

Whether you are looking to add a light fixture to grace your foyer, add character in your bedroom, or set the tone in your walk-in closet, flush and semi flush lighting will easily create a lasting impression. With an ever-expanding array of fixtures that work for transitional, contemporary or modern settings (and beyond!), you'll easily be able to tailor your selection to the unique needs and requirements of your home. Apart from style and the material you choose, you may also want to consider factors such as the direction of your lights, diffusion opaque versus clear shades), size, the output of light, and more. To help you narrow down your choices, we have a few ideas that will help guide you before you make a well-informed decision.

Is there a ceiling height that I have to keep in mind when choosing flush and semi flush lights?
Well, yes. The height of your ceiling plays a very important role in choosing between a flush ceiling mount and a semi flush mount. In fact, it will often be your primary consideration before making a ceiling fixture choice. In general, if your ceiling is 8 feet high or less, a flush mount fixture will be your best choice. For higher ceilings, a semi flush mount light works well on ceilings above 8 feet high, especially in rooms with smaller square footage where a pendant or chandelier may feel too large. Whether you need flush or semi flush, you'll find a wide range of styles and colors to help work with your ceiling height and get the look you want.

Does flush or semi-flush lighting work best for a sloped ceiling?
We all know that a sloped ceiling adds that little bit of extra oomph to your room’s architecture. But selecting the appropriate and effective light fixture for it can be a different game altogether. Foremost, you need to be sure that the fixture you choose does not affect the hanging angle of the light.

Luckily for you, a wide range of flush and semi flush mount lighting fixtures that work great for sloped ceilings are on the market. In fact, you’ll find it rather easy to create a lighting atmosphere that is exclusive to your home in every style – even with the difficulties presented by the admittedly beautiful, but challenging world of sloped ceilings.

Since flush mount lighting fixtures are attached to the ceiling directly, they are generally less practical for sloped ceilings. Nonetheless, you will find flush options that work for slopes! In cases where the slope is extreme or the ceiling is quite tall, semi flush mounts are often chosen.

Flush and semi flush lighting fixtures on a popcorn ceiling
Light plays a very important role in determining how your guests perceive your home. Some subtle changes on your end can go a long way. Popcorn ceilings are a common feature in many homes -- and these aren’t the prettiest surfaces in the world! Yet, if you have them, and don’t want to pay a fortune for removal, creating flattering light play is an option. With the power of downlighting, flush mount or semi flush mount lighting are strong options.

Flush and semi flush lighting finishes
As always, its well-advised to use the existing finishes around your home as your cue for selecting flush or semi flush finishes. You have a wide variety of finishes to choose from. Brushed nickel is a popular choice in contemporary homes, while bronze finishes complement a traditional or transitional home. However, before you pick one for your home, make sure you choose a ceiling fixture with scale that balances with the size of your room. Whether your choice is a statement piece or something modest, you’re sure to find lighting options that leave a lasting impression.

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