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“When lighting looks like art, you know you have a winner!”
- D. Shultz, Interior Designer
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A conversation that I have with clients on a regular basis is whether to have open shelving or not have open shelving in their modern kitchen design. Stylish open shelving is not for everyone and I constantly preach that. BUT it is a beautiful, light and airy detail that can make a kitchen feel more modern and updated.
Yes, you do have to keep the shelves tidy and dust free and yes, you only will want to display your most favorite items. But if you are willing, adding open shelving will create a look that even your guests will gasp with delight! The open shelving can also help make room for creating a designer look with modern hanging light fixtures.
Above we see rustic wood shelves displayed on subway tiles in this image from House & Home. The mixture of both give a modern industrial approach to this kitchen.
To create a streamlined look, use stainless steel shelving like in this kitchen image above from Bolig. They are really easy to clean but make sure they stay smudge free. White accessories look fantastic on stainless!
Another lovely option for open shelving is to use simple white shelves like this idea above from A Cut of Joe. Everything that you display against the white will pop. It also allows you to mix and match different colors, styles and materials.
These shelves in this image from Styles Decor look much more edited compared to the other three choices because they are custom and built to match the kitchen. This is the perfect option if you want to a more put together look in your kitchen space.
What are your thoughts concerning open shelving? Yay or nay?
Images: House & Home, Bolig, A Cup Of Joe, Styles Décor
Fabulous lighting doesn't always have to be a large chandelier or feature minimal designs in clusters to make a modern statement. Ceiling lights with great style can make a powerful design statement in any room. This bedroom scene from Inspiration for Decoration demonstrates this perfectly.
The bedroom and powder room are great examples of spaces that function better with close-to-the-ceiling light fixtures. This powder room image below from below is nothing less than fabulous.
We feature Possini, a brand with beautiful lighting and a great selection of ceiling lights like these below.
1. Chrome Silver Crystal 18 1/2-Inch-H Ceiling Light 2. Possini Euro Lilypad Chrome Modern Ceiling Light 3. Chrome Crystal Burst Semi-Flush Possini Euro Ceiling Light 4. Possini Euro Chrome White Flower 12-Inch-H Ceiling Light 5. Possini Chrome 16 1/4-Inch-H Semi Flushmount Ceiling Light 6. Double Organza Possini Euro Flushmount Ceiling Light
Images: Inspiration for Decoration, Pinterest
Lights seem to be getting smarter all the time. By blending computers, robotics and a touch of human intervention, new lighting technologies can produce amazing results, as seen in all of these images from Colossal.
The video above (also pictured above and below) by the San Francisco based design and engineering studio Bot & Dolly utilizes something called "projection mapping." Think of it (also known as "video mapping") as your home projector on steroids, able to imprint images on odd-shaped two- and three-dimensional surfaces to create stunning visuals and illusions.
Projection mapping is currently the territory of techies, artists and advertisers, but it may give us a glimpse into the future of interactive lighting in our own homes. Imagine: cutting-edge wall lights that serve up news, movies, emails and more. Illumination that follows you, brightening and dimming, as you pass from room to room. All your household utilities, accessible by an app on your phone or tablet.
It sounds like sci-fi, but the technology is already here, and much of it will be possible because of the versatility, light weight and energy efficiency of LEDs. These days, innovative LED lighting designs are restricted to the common forms you'd expect: chandeliers, pendants, table lamps, sconces, etc. In the future however, we may see them composing entire interactive walls in the living room. Or serving as intuitive nightlights along the floorboards in the middle of the night.
When it comes to lighting technology, the sky is the limit...and the future is indeed bright.
Do you love reading? I do, and I love it even more when I’m able to find the perfect reading nook to spend my time. I’m pretty certain kids feel the same way. With the start of school there is a lot of reading happening in our house these days. When it comes to reading, I never want it to feel like homework or a “have to” because while reading is for learning, it is also very much for recreation and relaxation.
A great way to encourage reading is to create a place just for reading. I’m always taken by images of reading nooks that are creative, modern, imaginative, and above all, cozy. Fortunately, designing the modern kids reading nook isn't all that hard.
Visions of a window seat or an old English library (books to the ceiling and only reachable by ladder) likely come to mind, but really the modern kids reading nook could simply be a carved out corner with some comfortable cushions on the floor like in this image above from Non Conformist.
And, if you don’t have a corner, why not try a closet?
I love this innovative use of space above from DIY Show Off. And, who knew that modern hanging light fixtures look so perfect in closets like in this space below from Leelah Loves? I’m certainly sold on this idea.
Maybe a cozy chair in tucked away in the corner of your family will do the trick. Regardless of where you design the modern kids reading nook, (and, lets be honest, yourself) incorporating these items that will quickly turn your spot into a modern reading respite:
-Plug in wall lights-A cozy chair-Pillows-Lighting-A little table or stool for stacking books on-A blanket to curl up under-Your favorite book
A few little additions and some re-arranging might just turn into your favorite spot like this one from Rarerina.
Images: Pinterest, Non Conformist, DIY Show Off, Leelah Loves, Rarerina
When it comes to nursery design ideas, it's important for mama and papa to like the way the room looks too-- 'cause let's face it--we spend a whole lotta time in there. This room from Design Dots will do just fine.
When I'm nursing my little-one to sleep on our rocking chair, I'm just sitting there staring around the room (and I do this about three times a day, and sometimes for as long as an hour!). So it's a good thing when the modern kids decor is easy on baby's AND mama's eyes. This all-white space from Tiny Warbler is perfect.
Adding playful elements with clean lines ensure that the look and feel is modern, but not boring. Including some pops of pattern, like the chevron-patterned ottoman or the medallion throw pillows will make the space feel alive.
That pretty petal fan will whisk both whimsy and fresh air into the room while the jewel lamps make the room feel precious--without feeling too precious--if you know what I mean.
Mervin Geometric White 28-Inch-H Media Stand, Delta Nickel Schiaparelli Pink Robert Abbey Table Lamp, Morgan Purple with White 30-Inch-H Accent Chair, Edna Orange and White Chevron Contemporary Ottoman, Earl Blue Plastic 27-Inch-H Rocking Chair, Modern Adair Blue Storage 18-Inch-H Ottoman with Tray, Wilco Glossy Yellow Modern 22 3/4-Inch-H Zuo Side Table, Yellow 15 1/2-Inch-H Woopsy Desk Lamp, Craftmade Bloom Ceiling Fan with Light - 52" Pink and White, Phante Green 16 1/2-Inch-H Zuo Modern Kids Chair, Brushed Steel with Aqua Interlace Shade Swing Arm Wall Lamp, Opal Glass 37-Inch-W Possini Euro Design Pendant, Jonathan Adler Left Giraffe Wall Sconce
Nursery design ideas should always include lighting as a key element. For nap time there needs to be a diffused, soothing light--for night time it needs to be dark without being 'scary' dark, for play-time and reading time, there needs to calm, bright lighting.
Hope you enjoy my finds for modern kids decor that both baby and mama are sure to love.
Images: Design Dots, Tiny Warbler
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