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“When lighting looks like art, you know you have a winner!”
- D. Shultz, Interior Designer
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Dining rooms are the perfect opportunity to really make a statement with your lighting choices. Whether you choose a pendant or chandelier, one or two fixtures and go for either a contemporary or traditional piece, you're bound to impress guests with a show stopping fixture.
I've rounded up a few of my very favorite statement chandeliers for you.
Jonathan Adler Meurice Brass Chandelier, Schonbek Bordeaux Bronze 32-Inch-H Chandelier, White Glass Chip Satin Nickel 12-Inch-W Chandelier, Robert Abbey Bling Bronze Adjustable Two Light Pendant, Wesley Modern Aged Brass 15-Inch-H Robert Abbey Chandelier, Gwen Modern White 20-Inch-H Possini Euro Chandelier
Metallics are very on-trend this year, so choosing a shiny brass, gold or silver finish for your chandelier is a great way to bring that trend to life in your home. If you prefer all-white decor, the large modern white chandelier shown above might be the perfect touch for your dining room (or any other room, for that matter!)
For the apartment or small abode dwellers, the small bling chandelier in the bottom right corner above, would provide a bit of glam to your space without taking up too much visual space. It would sit pretty over a small round table, quaint enough for your morning tea or a casual dinner with friends and family.
Image: Yatzer / Photo by Andrea Savinifor Yatzer
There's something infectious about eclectic design; you know, that not-easily-recreated look in which classical usually abuts modern. The House Hotel Galatasaray, in Istanbul, Turkey, is a sterling example of this approach.
The hotel in a word? Grand. In two more words? Tastefully so. Original moldings are whitewashed and blend beautifully with exposed wood and refined modern sconces.
The renovation of this 120 year old space takes a refined approach in which only a tightly curated selection of classically modern lighting fixtures occur repeatedly in public and private spaces.
Intricate molding befitting a Turkish mansion may not be all that easy to come by in a contemporary house, but lighting fixtures with gold and brass finishes can evoke that classic yet modern vibe:
Twin Arm Antique Brass Raschella Table Lamp, Jonathan Adler Meurice Antique Brass Metal Wall Sconce, Dalton Satin Brass Arteriors Home Floor Lamp
...or if you don't feel like living with the look 365 days a year, book a flight to Istanbul. Remember to book your room in advance: the House Hotel Galatasaray has only 20 suites.
Do you consider your bedroom a relaxing space? I find that when a space looks visually relaxing it is easier to physically relax, rest, and, in turn, sleep. Creating a calming bedroom in your modern home is an important key to happiness in your abode.
Life can be complicated and, sometimes, our style can be too. The bedroom is a great space, in your home to keep simple. In fact, it doesn’t take much at to make the space a perfect place to snooze.
I love the idea of keeping a bedroom as neutral as possible and then adding in a few key pieces that bring instant character and interest to the room.
The best place to start is with simple white bedding. This often makes you feel like you are at a luxurious hotel. Next, focus on stylish bedside lighting. Do you prefer a modern lamp style for today's trendy bedroom, a gorgeous chandelier or maybe some refined modern sconces on either side of the bed? Great lighting brings beauty and function. And, don’t be afraid to add in some color. A calming pop of color on a lampshade, pillow or rug, goes a long way and brings just the right amount life.
Finish the space with the necessities, like a rug to keep your feet warm when you step out of bed, a bedside table or lounge chair to collect your books and an alarm clock to wake you! With a bedroom like this you’ll never want to get out of bed.
Images: Vtwonen, Wonderful Home, Style At Home
Image from Lady
Form and geometry is a defining element in modern home design. Geometric shapes, polyhedrons, perfect circles and smooth ovals create those simple, minimal lines that modern design is famous for.
Little ornamentation allows for the eye to rest and lends a sleek, clean look to a room.
Image from Gosto
Geometric shapes in design are a huge trend right now. Have you noticed triangle-print wallpapers, faceted planters, jewel-shaped lamps in all of the design magazines? It's a trend that I dig because it's clean and modern, but still adds a ton a visual interest to a space.
Here is a roundup of some of my favorite geometric design objects right now. Each of these modern lamp styles for today's contemporary home make the home feel current, but can also work in other contexts--like more eclectic spaces or even more transitional homes.
Geodesic Cube Modern Resin 23-Inch-H Table Lamp, Tetra Tiffany Style 7-Inch-W Pendant Chandelier, Robert Abbey Pythagoras Polished Nickel Modern Pendant Light, Marymount Modern Black and White 47-Inch-W Coffee Table, Thumprints Espresso Bronze Cast Metal 29-Inch-H Table Lamp, Hoku Cyan Blue Ceramic 32-Inch-H Table Lamp, Tad Geometric White Lacquer 21 1/2-Inch-H Side Table, Contemporary Delta Ash 22 1/2-Inch-H Robert Abbey Table Lamp
What do you think of the geo trend?
Images: Lady, Gosto
Image from Nature's First Green is Gold
The most fun area of a home to style with lighting is the kitchen, more specifically the island or dining area. Island pendant lighting style can come in all shapes and forms, depending on the personality of your home.
The kitchen above has a very modern, clean aesthetic so the simple, white pendant lights are a perfect fit. And they are paired off perfectly with contemporary barstools.
Image from House of Brinson
One really fun trend these days is the industrial lighting look. In the kitchen above, the antique island is paired with an industrial pendant light and both contrast perfectly against the modern kitchen behind them.
Image from Design Hunter
If you're looking for just a subtle detail with your lighting style then be on the look out for stylish mini-pendant lights. They contribute to your décor without dominating.
Image from Dust Jacket
Pairing of pendant lights is also a fun trend. You can either make a cluster or just hang at alternating heights for a fun look.
Images: Natures First Green is Gold, House of Brinson, Design Hunter, Dust Jacket
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