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Regina-Andrew Arc21" Metal Wall Sconce
“Love the polished finish on this light. The swing-arm style is perfect for the bedside.”
- T. Jackson, Interior Designer
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Clients and friends often think that in order to make a statement in a room they have to use color. While color is one great way to make a statement, there are other ways to do so as well and drum shade chandeliers are one great option.
Texture, pattern and size are three of my favorite design elements to do just that. Lighting is one of my favorite items in a space, and making a bold statement with elegant drum shade chandelier designs can be a great way to draw the eye up, making the ceilings feel taller, room feel generally brighter, and cause guests to "ohh" and "aww" over the room.
Image from Elle Decoration SE / Wink Chic
Fabric Hardback 14-Inches-W White Lamp Shade / Woven Burlap Brushed Steel 10 1/4-Inch-W Ceiling Pendant
We happen to love neutrals at our office, so these white and natural colored drum shades definitely caught our eye.
As you can see from the inspiration pictures, using a white or natural shade allows your eyes to breath, scanning the whole room without bursts of color breaking up the harmony and flow. When you use a neutral color, play with the size of the shade, chandelier or pendant, as this can be a great way to bring big impact to a simple design.
Images: Better Homes & Garden, Elle Decoration SE, Wink Chic
1.Latitude 2 Satin Nickel 22-Inch-W Gatco Wall Mirror 2.Brushed Stainless Steel George Kovacs Wall Sconce 3.Besa Darci Modern Satin Nickel Three Light Sconce 4.Elton Espresso White Marble 30" Wide Floating Vanity Set 5.Destiny Contemporary Silver Two-Light Vanity Mirror
Decorating a modern home in a cool color palette means creating relaxation in the home. Colors in the blue, green and violet families have a cooling effect in the interior space and evoke feelings of openness. By swatching colors from the desert night sky, a rushing river, or a deep lagoon, we bring the sensations of the outdoors, indoors.
Using analogous colors (different shades of the same color) when designing a room with a cool color palette will have a drastic cooling effect. Add in warm accents, like colorful pillows in the turquoise image below, and the room will feel cool but have pockets of sun and warmth. In a violet room, use purple accents like an elegant purple lamp shade or accents in coral, like a coral pendant lamp to add in that touch of warmth while still remaining fresh and cool. If, on the other hand, you're going with a dark blue color scheme, adding in accents in white, like a modern white task floor lamp can help to keep things looking fresh and modern.
Cool blues like turquoise and cobalt also can work to make small spaces look larger, so if you're working with a studio apartment, or just a small bedroom, consider one of those hues to gain some visual square footage. Add in metallic details to contrast with the chilly hues, like this Ostrich Rust Babette Holland Table Lamp and you'll usher in a sophisticated warmth.
Lastly, remember to include plants or flowers as the finishing touches to the room--and since we're working with the cooler hues today may I suggest lavender or violets...?
Images: Unetouchede, Abigail Ahern, Drake Design Associates
Image from House Beautiful
Spring is just around the corner and we're celebrating with some ideas for adding blush pink to your interior design...
Whether you prefer bold or soft colors, pink can brighten up any space and can be found in home accessories, fun furnishings and especially with modern pink lighting.
French Seam with Linen Coral 18-Inch-H Square Ottoman
Image from Roses & Rust
This vintage modern bedroom features so much clean white, but the pink bed changes everything. Adding a little blush to the room provides personality and interest.
Shantung Woodrose Nail Button 56-Inch-W Full Headboard
Image from The Paper Mulberry
Even the smallest amount of any color can change the direction of a rooms style. This black, gray and white room above is enhanced with a little soft pink pillow.
Riddle Modern Pink Greek Key Decorative Throw Pillow
Image from The Everygirl
Adding small details around the pink accessories or lighting is a nice way to complete the design. The little flowers and pillow sham in the bedroom above support the starring role of the table lamp.
Delta Nickel Schiaparelli Pink Robert Abbey Table Lamp
Images: House Beautiful, Roses & Rust, The Paper Mulberry, The Everygirl
Personally I am such a fan of using wallpaper whenever the home improvement opportunity presents itself. There’s nothing that makes a larger impact in a small space than bold wallpaper.
My favorite space to go crazy with paper would be a powder room, or half bath. Due to its smaller size it shouldn't be too intimidating to be brave with patterns and color, plus you won’t have to make quite as large of an investment as some wallpaper can be on the rather expensive side.
And for those finishing touches use a pretty wall mirror, such as the Uttermost Migiana and hang a pair of sconces or a metallic pendant light,such as the Brio Gold Foil Pendant or the Hudson Valley Wall Sconces.
If you’re still hesitant to pull the wallpaper trigger there are plenty of gorgeous temporary papers which are especially fantastic if you’re renting a space.
Images: Cupcakes & Cashmere, Biscuit-Home, Lonny, Abchao
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