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Possini Felicity Modern Chrome Pendant Light
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Having kids doesn't mean having to throw in the towel and become a soccer mom. The modern family homes featured above set out to break the stereotype of family living. I personally love the idea of living in a modern home with a handful of kids running around. Growing up in a stylish enviroment exposes children to fashion, design, architecture, and other creative arts.
Designing the main areas in a modern home can can sometimes be easier than decorating kid's rooms and spaces. When designing a modern nursery or kid's room there is a balance between modern furnishings and a kid-friendly, functional design.
Need a few directional ideas for designing your modern nursery or kid's room?
The light fixtures you select for the kid's space can make a big impact on the overall design. Below are a few modern table lamps for the kid's room or nursery. The lamps are modern and fun and will easily transition into a more grown up space as the child ages.
Lite Source Kito Blue Table Lamp (left), Chrome Stack Set of Two Table Lamps (right)
* Post Update 10/24/12: Our Chrome Stack Table Lamps has been discontinued.
Possini White Flower Acrylic Shade Table Lamp (left), Jonathan Adler Carlyle Slide Table Lamp (right)
* Post Update 10/24/12: Our Jonathan Adler Carlyle Table Lmap has been discontinued.
Images: emmas designblogg, Family Living, Apartment Therapy, Apartment Therapy
Blue isn't just another color - it can be used as both an accent and a neutral. There is a blue for every room and a table lamp style that will complement any home décor, as you will see from the examples below.
We will go through some not-boring blue table lamps that will complement traditional, transitional, modern, and rustic rooms.
If your home is more traditional, you should stick to classic lines and elegant designs.
Anya Table Lamp in Hyper Blue
This is the classic, traditional table lamp and the bright blue base will fit into any traditional home. The shape of the body and neutral lamp shade allows this lamp to blend into any room, but, depending on the room's color scheme, the blue is bright enough to make a statement.
If your home is not quite traditional and not quite modern a transitional style lamp is for you. Transitional style lamps can incorporate both pattern and sculptural elements and even mosaics into their designs. They will definitely stand out a bit more than the traditional table lamp, adding a new design element and more visual interest to the room.
This glass based blue table lamp is the perfect mix of traditional and modern.
Claudette Turquoise Glass Table Lamp
Modern style table lamps are a work of art that incorporate geometric shapes, deep color, and interesting shades, and they can make the biggest style impact on the room. They can often be the one shock of color in an otherwise neutral modern room and add the most interest, almost like a functional art piece.
The blue table lamp below is the perfect example, with its faceted and geometric base in a gorgeous color - perfect for the modern home.
Delta Table Lamp in Peacock from Robert Abbey
The rustic look is perfect for little cabins in the woods or cottages by the sea. You can’t put a lamp in a rustic room that is too slick or geometric, it will just look out of place. For the rustic home you need something imperfect and organic.
The lamp below is the perfect example - neutral tones and a hand painted look make it the perfect lamp for any rustic room.
Aponi CeramicTable Lamp in Turquoise and Rust
Whichever style your home, you will find a blue table lamp that suits the room perfectly. Which one is your favorite?
Have you ever spent hours cooking a delicious family dinner, only to see your loved ones shovel it down their throats, then suddenly vanish?
This phenomenon might have nothing to do with your culinary skills, nor a sign of the Millennial Generation’s short attention span. Silly as it sounds, you might have insufficient kitchen lighting. If your kitchen island looks dark and lonely, brighten it up with modern mini pendant lights for kitchens.
Pendants create a striking mood and take up less kitchen space than standard 8-10” hanging lights. Mini pendant lighting also looks super-classy, with a range of designs to fit any kitchen remodel and budget.
Here are 5 basic tips for choosing the right design, spacing and height for your kitchen island pendant lights:
To determine the right hanging lights for a 2’6” dining table, just subtract 12”, giving you 1’6”. Divide that by 3 fixtures and you get roughly 4 3/4-Inch – which just so happens to be the size of the Kaser LED Mini Pendant
1.Choosing the diameter - To ensure there’s enough headroom for everyone at the table, measure the width or diameter of the surface being illuminated. Then just subtract 12" from that number, and voila! You have your rough fixture diameter.
Small fixtures like the 6-inch Encircled Crystal Euro Halogen Pendant Set are perfect for breakfast nooks and small round tables. You can often save money buying pendants in sets of three.
2.Tiny is better - Busy pendants with a lot of design elements will appear bigger to your eyes. Always go as small as possible if you like em’ gaudy!
The 6-inch wide Raindrop Glass Chrome Mini Pendant Light arranged according to the Rule of Three over a kitchen island. . Unlike LED or fluorescent lights, incandescent pendants like these are inherently dimmable.
3. Spacing the pendants - You want visual balance when you hang your pendants, so spacing is key. Measure the length of the space you want to illuminate (like a kitchen island,) find the center point for the center pendant. From there, hang the pendants equidistant on either side of the center and make sure the entire space is equally illuminated.
When spacing a row of pendant lights, measure from the middle light source (or bulb) of the fixture instead of the outer edge of the shade.
4.Though shalt not break the Rule of Three (unless it looks cool) – No, the “Rule of Three” are not tyrannical rulers from the Game of Thrones series. It is a guideline, based on the fact that our human minds love balance. Odd numbers (especially in successions of three) seem to look especially zen.
However, we’ve seen a lot of cases where there is just not enough room for three -- two is just fine if they’re spaced evenly over the surface.
5.Get dimmers – Any of the incandescent or halogen fixtures on this list are compatible with simple, inexpensive dimming switches.
LED technology, however, has not been standardized; Brand A’s LED fixture might not match up with Brand B’s dimmer switches. Either way, a dimmer allows you to control the environment any way you want.
Studies show that intimate mood lighting actually makes food taste better. It might even persuade your family to linger at the table a little bit longer.
If you’re embarking on your own kitchen lighting remodel, how are factors like spacing, size, light source and code compliance affecting your overall design? Any tips on installing dimmable kitchen lights? We’d love to hear your stories from the front lines!
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Bedroom with stylish contemporary lighting
The bedroom is a great room to take advantage of new lighting ideas. While traditional table lamps are the obvious choice, here're some fun ideas to try in your home.
Pairing mixed styles of eye-catching contemporary lamps could be fun if you first have an idea what look you're going for... Here're some inspiration photos to get you started.
Take a cue from the space above and mix it up, try stylish floor lamps instead of table lamps.
Party lights in a modern bedroom
String lights never looked better... They're not just for the patio! Try pairing them with a fun pendant lighting in the bedroom. It could make for great mood lighting too.
Modern bedroom with elegant lighting
You can make it interesting by trying different light fixture styles in the same finish. This helps achieve a more eclectic aesthetic while still keeping it elegant.
Images from Discover the Decor, Digs Digs, Dust Jacket Attic
No matter what your range of modern design lover you are, crystal pendant lighting is a beautiful option. Whether you love clean lines and monochrome style or rustic, eclectic modern design crystals simply add a bit of elegance.
Here are some inspiring ideas in all different rooms...
Crystal pendant lighting in a modern living room.
This living room above nails the monochrome modern design aesthetic and bonus, adds some beautiful crystal lighting for a polished look. The natural light from that window is perfect for reflecting those pretty crystals.
The size of the chandelier works well because of the high ceilings. If you have the vertical height, use it!
Crystal lighting in the bedroom.
This bedroom above features a bit of vintage furniture and decor, which looks great when paired with modern, minimalism. The crystal chandelier works perfectly with this balance of design aesthetics.
The size however, is more appropriate for the space than the lighting in our first image.
Crystal pendant in modern nursery.
Your kids room is not exempt from this crystal rule... Crystal pendant lighting works in EVERY room, including this modern nursery!
Warm textures and monochrome design is the perfect environment for crystal lighting. The crystal adds a delicacy that embodies what a nursery is all about.
Images from Dust Jacket, Habitually Chic, Style Me Pretty
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