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The web is such a great place to seek inspiration for dining room lighting. If you're in need of some creative direction, there are endless resources to turn to online that just might spark your design direction. When I start on a room I go hunting for inspiration on-line and then head to my print magazines.
Today I wanted to showcase three beautiful examples of dining room lighting that I've been loving lately. Each have beautiful lighting above the tables that you can incorporate into any home. I've pulled similar light fixtures so you can "get the look" of these inspiring rooms.
Hopefully this will provide you with a starting point (or finishing touch ideas) for your very own home.
Top to bottom: Tech Lighting Mini Mulberry Desert Clay Pendant, Bling Collection Convertible Robert Abbey Chandelier, Europa 8 Light Adjustable Bronze Swag Chandelier
If there is a dining room that you'd like help with finding inspiration for don't hesitate to reach out. Just post a comment here....
Images: Karla Dreyer Design, Elle Decor, Elle Décor
1. Pick modern, white lighting for your walls and ceilings. White always looks modern and fresh and the whimsicality and playfulness can come from the shape of the light. I know my toddler would love that Lilypad Possini Euro Ceiling Light (below). She'd be mesmerized by all of the lights and point and smile in delight!
2. Pick modern kids furniture with amorphous shapes. The amorphous silhouettes of the 1960's will retain their classic, cool for years to come. For example, an S-chair and tulip-base-table have design details with longevity. And to make good news even better, your toddler won't get any horrible bumps or bruises from the furniture's sleek round edges!
Zuo Drop Stool Red ABS Fiberglass Modern Chair, Zuo Modern White 33-Inch-H Set of 2 S-Chairs, Wilco Glossy Yellow Modern 22 3/4-Inch-H Zuo Side Table, Genie Brushed Pink 10-Inch-H Touch Desk Lamp, Kite White and Blue Ikat Fabric Throw Pillow, Jonathan Adler Lantern White Wall Sconce, Jonathan Adler Reform White Wall Sconce, Haley Steel Modern 19-Inch-H Table Lamp with Touch Switch, Mid-Century Modern Coral Linen 32-Inch-H Annabelle Chair
3. Pick design objects that work like magic. The touch sensor lamps turn on and off with a simple touch. Your toddler will learn to turn it on and off easily and you can use the lamp as a teaching tool to teach your little-one to say words like 'on' and 'off'--and the style could easily be used as a desk lamp for kids and teens alike.
4. Use accessories with classic patterns. Patterns like ikat will never go out-of-style and these throw pillows would add a lovely punch of pattern to any room, for kids and adults.
5. Pick upholstered furniture. Upholstered furniture is great because it has padding to prevent injuries for clumsy toddlers, and if it has classic lines, like this Mid-Century Modern Annabelle Chair (above), then you can always get it recovered years down the line and it can grow up with your family.
Images: Modern Baby, Décor Pad, Alexis Lane
Image from Andi Hatch for The Everygirl
File this under one of my really random modern home design related pet peeves... When I'm watching a show like House Hunters on HGTV and the featured participants walk into a house, see brass or gold accessories and say something like "Ugh, this is so ugly. Gold is so outdated!"
It's true that certain gold fixtures can look outdated. But I think it's all just a matter of context. With the right furniture, color choices, and accompanying accessories, gold actually looks chic, modern, and very current.
Image from Cococozy
In fact, use of shiny metallic gold is all the rage in the fashion world right now, too!
Whether it's used as an accent on shoes, or an entire sweater is woven from it, gold fashion pieces are eye-catching and definitely statement making.
Image from Tiffany Richey Design via La Dolce Vita
I say use them like you would gold accents in the home -- sparingly, but with the intent to add a bright, shiny pop to the look.
One of the easiest ways to do this? Try a pharmacy style lamp, like this floor lamp or this wall sconce. Insta-chic, but it'll always be classic!
Image from Stoffer Photography for The Everygirl
Here are some pretty ideas...
Tiered Necklace, Jonathan Adler Meurice Brass Chandelier, Gold Sweater, Scale Jacket, Modern Brass with Ivory Linen Shade Swing Arm Wall Lamp, Modern Antique Brass Pharmacy Robert Abbey Desk Lamp, Gold Bustier, Gold Bobby Pin, Antique Brass Web Sphere Ennis Table Lamp, Gold Striped Tee, Polished Brass Hardwire Holtkoetter Wall Lamp, Electra Bond Clutch
Images: Andi Hatch for The Everygirl, Cococozy, Tiffany Richey Design via La Dolce Vita, Stoffer Photography for The Everygirl
Image from La Maison d’ Anna G.
Crystal chandeliers are often thought of as fancy, fussy and traditional. However, I think the rules are changing a bit and decorating a modern bedroom with crystal chandeliers can provide a 'wow' factor for your home. While usually associated with formal dining rooms, crystal chandeliers are popping up in bathrooms, bedrooms and even babies rooms. Forget the idea that they must be used with traditional furniture or feminine décor.
These days, tradition is teaming up with modern and the result is simply beautiful.
I happen to personally love crystal pendant lighting, and my favorite room to use this style of lighting in, is the bedroom. A pretty chandelier above the bed is so luxurious. It’s beautiful to look at, but also gives off such beautiful light and sets a great ambiance.
Image from JJ Locations
There are several ways you can style your sparkly light in your bedroom. One of my favorite looks is to add a crystal chandelier to a very simplistic modern bedroom. This way the chandelier is the star of the show. I really like how a light fixture acts as the art in the room when paired with a plain dark colored wall (top image).
Crystal chandeliers and floral paintings are no strangers. It’s a look that just works well. If you fancy this look, you can still keep the room modern and current by sticking to a white palate and using modern furniture with clean lines.
Image from EST Magazine
Another fun option is to bring modern lighting into the mix. Why not use super modern bedside lights with a crystal chandelier centered above? A mix of style keeps a room from looking too serious and adds character. This is a perfect match, in my opinion.
1. Schonbek Bordeaux Bronze 32-Inch-H Chandelier 2. Tylla Chrome Crystal Eight Light Chandelier 3. Crystorama Chloe Brass with Crystal Ceiling Light Fixture
Here are a few of my favorite chandeliers above. They are a great piece to start with when decorating your bedroom.
Images: La Maison d’ Anna G., JJ Locations, EST Magazine
Image from Casa Vogue
Today, we are so happy to invite Jaime Derringer from Design Milk on our blog to share some of her modern home design tips!
For those of you new to the blog world, Jaime Derringer is the founder and editor of Design Milk, an online magazine dedicated to modern design. The talent doesn't stop there, Jaime is also a great artist and poem-writer.
Let's hear what she has to say about modern design....
ESL: What are your go-to pieces for creating that contemporary home?
JD: I always say go with what you love. Build a neutral base and build on top of that with more exciting bold decor and accent pieces. However, I would encourage one brave, unique choice, whether a standout chair, a creative chandelier, or a daring wallpaper pattern. Do something memorable.
Image from Glitter Inc.
ESL: What tricks/tips do you recommend for achieving a clean and modern look around the home?
JD: Storage! Storage is my number one go-to. If you don’t have the right storage, often times, you end up with piles of things all over the place, which can make a space look messy. Cleanliness is the key to a modern space. The best way to figure out what kind of storage solutions you need is to live in a space first and see where messes and items seem to pile up over time. Then, you can determine the best solution for you; don’t buy unnecessary products—wait until you know what you need.
You can also get some motion-sensor drawer and cabinet lighting to help you find what you’re looking for once you’ve stored everything away.
ESL: What rules can be broken with lighting when it comes to a contemporary look?
JD: I love oversized lighting. The bigger the better - I’d suggest doing something bold and dramatic with lighting even in small spaces.
Perhaps this Possini Euro Icicle Chandelier (left) or this crystal burst design with the Corbett Inertia Crystal Pendant Light (right). I like to turn on the bright lights.
ESL: Where does your inspiration stem from? Any particular designer, architect or blogger?
JD: I am all over the place. I love the creativity of Karim Rashid and the futuristic designs of Zaha Hadid, but also the classic modern designs from the Eameses, Wegner, and Aalto. I love an eclectic mix and I’m hoping to nail it in my new house! ESL: What are some ways in which you can get creative with lighting around the home?
JD: Function first, but then form and fashion. Once you have all your functional areas lit, you can play with some mood lighting.
Image from From the Rigth Bank
I especially like to light some of my artwork with picture lights, create a hallway gallery with spotlights and add special dimmers to make sure I can change the mood in an instant. Even indoor spotlights can light up a special corner and set a dramatic mood.
House of Troy Picture Light
Thanks for all the modern design insight Jaime!
Don't forget to check out our "Bright Ideas from Design Milk" Pinterest board where Jaime continues to share ideas!...
Images: House to Home, Glitter Inc., Casa Vogue, From the Right Bank
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