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Epic Modern Chrome39-Inch-H Table Lamp
"This lamp is perfect for the client who wants to go dark, while still maintaining the element of chic."
- B. Peterson, Interior Designer
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The highlight in this gorgeous NYC townhouse is the stunning lighting.
Although this NYC townhouse is all-around amazing, I found the kitchen and bath designs to be my favorite. It's also a great example on how to use black and white design in a very upscale way.
In each and every room of the townhouse, there is beautiful modern lighting. The selection of contemporary chandeliers is done so well you can tell lighting was a priority for designers Rees Roberts + Partners.
Here's some great options from Euro Style Lighting to help you achieve this sleek style in your home:
1. Meridian Collection Brushed Nickel Pendant Light 2. Kichler Everly Bronze Glass Pendant 3. Lacey Bronze Kichler Pendant Chandelier 4. Corlena Modern Bronze Pendant by Possini Euro 5. Feiss Fording Brushed Steel Pendant Light 6. Feiss Cadence Antique Brass Pendant Light
This fabulous bathroom features perfect lighting.
In this bathroom, the lighting was a wonderful opportunity to introduce a handsome metal finish. Both the hanging pendant lighting and the bathroom wall lighting feature a classic bronze, warming up the black and white decor.
NYC townhouse patio with outdoor lighting.
Even the patios have pretty outdoor lighting. Not to mention gorgeous greenery and outdoor seating.
The home office looks out to the first floor patio, which is beyond dreamy if you ask me.
Barn Wall Urban Bronze 11 1/4-Inch-H Outdoor Wall Sconce
Images: One Kind Design
Industrial living room design with contemporary lighting.
When you're designing an industrial style space, one of the most important factors is materials... Lots of raw woods, distressed metals and dirty brass. Contemporary lighting can play a large role in this design aesthetic and there's lot's of different materials you can choose from.
Lighting should be one of the first stages of any home design because function is so important. Once you have the contemporary chandelier, floor lamp and table lamp that's right for lighting your space you can design the rest of the room around it.
Orbital Weave Rust Metal 19 1/2-Inch-H Pendant Light
If you're not designing a room from scratch and you already have furniture, then you will need to consider those pieces when deciding on your lighting.
For example, this space below had a lot of wood and brick, so a dark metal chandelier is a great choice.
Industrial style dining room with a contemporary chandelier.
Metal Lattice Bronze Six-Light Pendant Light
If you aren't interested in the rougher or darker finishes and you'd like something a little more sleek, don't worry. You can still achieve the industrial look with shiny finishes!
Modern kitchen with industrial lighting.
This kitchen above has clean lines and shiny finishes so these chrome pendant lights are perfect for adding the industrial element.
Possini Euro Summit Chrome 8-Inch-W Mini Pendant Light
Image from Lotta Agaton
Modern home design using blue doesn't have to be coastal.
I am here to tell you that blue home design does not have to be coastal in style. You can design an impressive modern space in blue, just look at all these inspiration images!
The key is choosing the right shades of blue, the right materials and mixing it all up with stylish brass finishes, modern lighting and a mix of other hues.
Images from (from top left to bottom) Cocoon Home, House to Home, You Are The River
Beautiful home inspiration using the color blue.
There's no rule to how much blue it takes to design a beach home, but if you want to stay away from the coastal aesthetic, try using one large blue piece and then design around that with different materials and colors.
This image above features a gorgeous blue armoire, but surrounding it is modern leather seating and brass lighting... All of it results in a modern space that so happens to be designed with the color blue.
Image from Emily Henderson
Modern eclectic design with blue.
Emily Henderson did a wonderful job designing her bedroom above with a bold blue reading chair. Notice how many other colors and materials she incorporates into this space showcasing her ongoing love for blue.
Here's a few tips to get you started with designing this look in your own home...
A classic brass floor lamp works in every room, no matter the design style. Art is a wonderful way to pull together the color palette of a room, like this blue/green canvas art. Don't be shy with your love for blue, make the largest piece in the room blue, like this royal blue armchair. Provide accent colors with smaller pieces, like a mustard yellow throw and colorful accent pillow.
Lastly, a white accent table, white pouf and jute pouf are great neutral pieces. You wouldn't want everything in the room to feature a bold color.
Image from Remodelista
Concrete trend is perfect for the modern home.
We can't ignore the cool concrete design trend. It works in any area of the house and can be high-end or DIY.
Hang a decorative wall mirror above a concrete vanity and voila you've got a chic bathroom! Crystal chandeliers in the kitchen contrast perfectly with the raw concrete surroundings.
Image from Heather Bullard
Concrete vanity in a modern bathroom.
If you're in the process of building a new home or investing in some more involved renovations, try creating an accent wall with concrete. This living room below maintains a sense of warmth with all the wood, but a little concrete helps modernizes the space.
Image from Architectural Digest
Concrete wall in a modern living room.
Although we've seen them many times before, concrete counter tops in the kitchen always look great. Once sealed correctly, they're very durable as well as stylish.
Bonus, grey-colored counter tops go with any color of cabinets, even bright yellow!
Image from Babble
Concrete kitchen counters for the modern home.
Panoramic photo of WestEdge design fair.
The upstart WestEdge Design Fair returned to Santa Monica's Barker Hangar for its second year October 16-19, 2014.
Best described as quality over quantity, exhibitors were, for the most part, high concept and high end. From the minute I entered, I took a shining to the cutting edge lighting on exhibit throughout. And let me tell you: the state of contemporary chandeliers and modern pendant lighting in particular looks great.
Modern OLED chandelier by Blackbody at WestEdge.
A stunning OLED chandelier by Blackbody (pictured above) was installed over the bar at the center of the hangar.
Pendant chandeliers by designer David Trubridge.
Design star David Trubridge exhibited his signature pendants, eco-conscious designs inspired by the flora and fauna of his native New Zealand.
Modern glass pendants from Lightopia and Niche Modern.
Minimalism is no stranger to modernism. Neither is the trend toward clustered glass pendant lighting, as seen in the Bocci/Lightopia and Niche Modern (left to right) booths above.
One of our favorites on this blog, Cerno deftly exhibited their California-made modern LED lighting collection (pictured above), including a number of over-sized floor lamps that we hope to offer soon.
California made LED lighting in the Cerno booth.
The fair was rounded out by an excellent assemblage of kitchen and bath exhibitors, breakout parties in booth spaces, and a weekend-long panel series that included design stars such as Thomas Lavin, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Kathryn M. Ireland and Delta Wright among others.
From everything we saw at the WestEdge Design Fair, there's a lot to love about design today and modern design to come. At that, we can't wait until next year!
Images: Brent Turner
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