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  • Stylish Stages of Designing a Kid's Room

    A stylish nursery with modern flush mount lighting

    Modern nursery with an innovative crib style.

    I have some ideas for all stages of stylish kid's room... Whether you're a new parent, you have a toddler or you're inching closer to those fun teenage years, make sure you raise a design-savvy child.

    The modern nursery above features a fun crib style and a creative wall feature. Lots of different textures keep the space warm and cozy.

    Depending on the height of your nursery ceiling, you can include a hanging pendant or opt for some energy-efficient LED flushmount lighting. Another option, given the rustic style and textures in this nursery, would be stylish crystal pendant lighting to add a nice contrast.

    A toddler's bedroom in a black and white palette with an over-sized floor lamp

    Modern toddler room with large floor lamp.

    Transition your baby into a modern toddler with a bold black and white palette like this space above, but keep it soft with some wood details and lots of modern textiles.

    Make sure it's a little fun with something oversized, like that floor lamp.

    A modern bedroom for a teenager with platform bed and accent table as a bedside table

    Modern teenage bedroom style.

    This teenage bedroom above has all the style of a modern home with all the cool functionality every teenager needs. Platform beds with storage is a great idea if you want your kid to have somewhere to throw all the clothes they refuse to hang.

    Don't forget some clip-on bedside lighting for all their last minute homework.

    How have you designed your kid's room so you can make stylish transition from a baby to a teenager?

    Images  from Vintage Revivals, Style Files, Petit & Small

  • Minimal Christmas Decor Ideas

    Organic and simple Christmas decor

    Minimal Christmas decor for the holidays.

    I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday!! Now, time for some wintery decor ideas... 

    Keep it simple, no need to get overly thematic for the holidays... Garlands looks light and pretty, plus you can keep them around way past the holidays.

    Tree with minimalist Christmas decor and modern paper chandelier

    Modern Winter wonderland.

    Let's say you want the big tree and a minimal aesthetic... It's ok, you can have both. Keep the decor on the tree minimal and the surrounding home decor simple. 

    Try some fun paper-based lighting that works with the season, but also looks great year round.

    Modern living room with Christmas tree wall decal

    Christmas tree on the wall.

    This modern home above has the ultimate idea for minimal Christmas decor... Use your wall space for a faux tree, either with string, wood or branches.

    It looks super modern, but no one can accuse you of being a grinch.

    Images from Awakened by Sunrise, One Kind Design, Drawer

  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    Industrial style living room with bronze arc lamp

    If you've had your fill of turkey and all the sweet potatoes you can shake a stick at, and are in the mood for a little retail therapy, you should definitely check out Euro Style Lighting's Holiday Sale!

    There are 3,500+ stales on sale for up to 50% off!

    Here is just a small sample of the goodies to be found in this amazing sale:

    Lighting from Euro Style Lighting

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    The Euro Style Lighting Team

  • Design Trend - Modern Clothes Rack Style

    Clothes racks used as a part of the design of a modern bedroom

    Clothes rack in minimal closet

    One of today's modern design trends allows you to share your fashion sense.  You don't have to hide all your clothes behind doors anymore. Clothes racks look great for residential use, not just backstage at fashion week...

    Add some simple lighting or maybe go with some glamorous crystal pendant lighting and you can achieve the look above.

    Small space solution with clothes racks

    Clothes racks for small spaces

    Maybe you're not trying to display your personal style, you just need to make the most out of a small space... You can turn a large closet into a loft by using a clothes rack, some plywood and nails.

    Keep the color palette light and simple to help the space look bigger, and some modern clamp lighting to keep it functional.

    Clothes rack used as a decorative element

    Clothes rack as an accessory

    Maybe you're not worried about space, or even displaying your fashion sense, clothes racks can also be used in the same way shelving is used.... Display some of your favorites, including plants and accessories.

    Images from Apartment Therapy, What A Wonderful Home, Decor Pad

  • 3 Rules for Contemporary Bathroom Lighting Design

    Sculptural fixtures are the hottest trend in contemporary bathroom lighting. These lights use throwback Edison bulbs and resemble mining fixtures from a bygone era…or a Steam punk fantasy world. But if they aren’t installed correctly, your bathroom could become a very real death trap.

    Industrial inspired contemporary bathroom light

    Popular contemporary bathroom lighting like this dark rust cage sconce resembles vintage industrial lighting from the early 20th century. They often have a worn, distressed look that adds visual interest.

    How do you avoid this trap? Follow the International Residential Code (IRC), the electrician’s bible for working on residential projects. If you want to buy the IRC 2015, prepare to drop $100 for digital or hard copy.

    Brushed nickel bath bar that combines vintage and industrial styles

    This vintage style bath light in brushed nickel is ideal for complementing the overhead lighting. Glass globes protect the bulbs from splashing water, so you can place the fixture close to the shower.

    Luckily, we have a copy of the IRC in our office. And we don’t mind divulging the bathroom lighting guidelines for free!

    How To Choose Contemporary Bathroom Lighting and Meet the Code

    Start with a general lighting fixture that provides the bulk of the ambient lighting in the room. Just make sure the fixture has a damp location rating.

    Industrial style galvanized steel close-to-ceiling light with light cage

    This galvanized outdoor ceiling fixture by Franklin Iron Works is UL listed for damp locations. It can be wired to a dimming switch to change the mood in your bathroom.

    Each functional area of the bathroom should have a task light. These are often in the form of vanity lights and bath bars.

    Brushed nickel bath bar with 5 edison bulbs

    This industrial-inspired bathroom light in a brushed nickel finish can be placed over a 27-inch vanity mirror, softening the shadows under your eyes and cheeks. It also adds layers of light to your washroom.


    IRC Guidelines for Bathroom Lighting

    Below is a layman’s guide to the rules laid out in the International Residential Code (IRC). Install your contemporary bathroom lighting per these rules so you won’t have to tear them out later due to non-compliance issues.

    1. Have at least one switch near the door. (IRC E 3901.6, IRC E 3803.2)

    This one’s pretty self-explanatory, though we suggest using two switches. Many electricians like to place the vanity lights on a simple on/off switch. General lighting is then placed on a separate dimming switch to enhance the mood.

    The basic dimming switches are:

    Single-Pole, Full Range Dimmer: Consists of a dimming slider and rocker-type switch.

    Example: Leviton Decora Rocker Switch Preset Slide Dimmer

    3-Way Dimmer: Works with a separate on/off rocker switch. Both connect to a single fixture.

    Example: Philips Sunrise Pre-Set 3-way Electronic Dimmer paired with a Lutron Diva SC Single Pole Switch.

    2. Bathroom fixtures must be protected from water. (IRC E 3903.8)

    Any light that is inside or over the shower must be wet location listed: Recessed bathroom lighting with a waterproof lens is the safest to use in these applications.

    Recessed LED downlight with nickel trim

    The DLR56 Nickel Retrofit Contemporary LED Downlight is UL Listed for Wet Locations. Recessed pot or can lights are one of the safest fixtures to place over your shower.

    Any light outside the shower must be damp location listed: This can include the vanity lights, fanlight and bath bars which only need protection against mist and water droplets.

    3. Pendant lights must hang 3-feet from the outside of the tub, or 8-feet above the bathtub rim. (IRC E 3903.10)

    Most bathrooms don’t have high enough ceilings to accommodate pendant fixtures. But if you prefer this look, make sure the fixtures hang 36-inches away from the bathtub, or 96-inches above the tub. Hanging lights must not have a pull-chain switch.


    What style of contemporary bathroom lighting did you choose? How did the size and shape of your washroom affect the fixture(s) design? We would love to hear what worked for you.

    All images from Euro Style Lighting

November, 2015