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  • Great Places to Put a Modern Lamp

    Table lamps are a great source of light for any dark room. Avoid cumbersome wiring, installation, and hole drilling with a fun modern table lamp. Table lamps can be placed anywhere in the home, but these are some of our favorite spots, from the typical to the unexpected. 

    On a Bedside Table

    Table lamps look great on a bedside table – grab a matching set for either side of the bed! Or pick up a contrasting set for a fun design statement. Modern lamps come in a variety of colors and styles, so you can find one that perfectly matches your bedroom décor.

    A lamp on a bedside table allows for custom reading light that is diffused and easy on the eyes, so both partners are happy. Modern lamps on a nightstand are an old standby, but why fix what isn’t broken?

    Mercury glass gourd table lamp on a chest in a bedroom

    On a Fireplace Mantel

    Replace the traditional candlestick with a tall table lamp on your mantel! It creates an interesting focal point with matching table lamps on either side. Choose shades that pull in colors from the room's decor for a complete look. The great thing about modern lamps is that they’re not just light fixtures- they’re pieces of art!

    On a Dining Room Table

    You may think a ceiling light is the only way to go when lighting a dining room. But, in a cozy dining area, a modern lamp on a console table or buffet can create an intimate café feel.

    Placing a table lamp in a surprising place is a great way to modernize your home, especially with a colorful, artistic lamp. You never know until you try!

    Seaglass-like table lamp on a console table in a beachy-style dining room

    In a Bathroom

    If your bathroom needs extra light, consider adding a modern lamp. This can add much-needed light to a dark bathroom, especially in a small powder room. Add a touch of whimsy with a stylish modern lamp, placed on a counter, table, or on top of a radiator. You can never have too much light in a bathroom, so consider a table lamp for this space.

    On a Living Room Table

    A table lamp next to a favorite armchair makes the perfect reading nook,and can provide some mood lighting during a party or movie night! Update any décor with a modern lamp; they look particularly striking next to vintage or traditional furniture. Lamps with USB ports can be particularly helpful here, for charging phones, tablets, or other electronics easily.

    Gold table lamp made of openwork circles looks good in a vintage style living room

    You can always “leave the light on” with beautiful modern lamps! With these unconventional styling ideas for modern lamps, your home will be brighter in no time!

    Plus you can always save a few dollars with EuroStyleLighting.com coupons. 

    Images: Euro Style Lighting

  • Alternative Kitchen Hardware Ideas

    All white kitchen with leather pulls in place of traditional kitchen hardware

    Modern kitchen with stylish hardware

    Most of the time on this design blog we're talking about different ways to incorporate modern lighting in the kitchen. But today, I'm talking about a small detail in the kitchen that can make a huge impact...hardware.

    Actually, it doesn't always have to be hard... This kitchen above features some innovative leather pulls that are starting to become a cool trend. Simple and unique mini pendant lighting makes sure to keep the attention on the overall kitchen design.

    wide leather pulls in an all white kitchen with pastel appliances

    Large leather straps for kitchen hardware

    This pastel kitchen goes big with leather straps instead of traditional hardware. The tan color works beautifully with the pastel blue appliances and soft grey backsplash.

    All white kitchen with black kitchen hardware and a simple pendant light with exposed bulb

    Extra long kitchen hardware

    If you don't want to change up your hardware game as much as the first two kitchens, this might be a better idea for you. Just try an oversized option instead of a traditional pull.

    This all white kitchen looks clean and linear with those long black handles.

    Updating your kitchen hardware, as you can see, is a fast way to refresh your kitchen design!

    Images from Coco Lapine Design, Inside Out Mag, Ode to Things

  • Modern Entertaining Ideas to Welcome 2016

    Dining table with acrylic dining chairs and crystal candle holders

    Entertaining ideas for New Year's

    With one holiday past us, now we can focus on welcoming 2016 in style! Take a cue from these ideas and go big...

    Acrylic dining chairs and dark walls are a good idea year-round, but add some "cheer" type to the wall and you've got a party.

    Metal console table decorated for New Year's Eve

    Garland for New Year's

    If you don't want to make your cheer readable, try something fun like garland... This space above has lots of DIY garland that looks pretty sophisticated since they're done in black and gold. The variety makes it really fun.

    Don't forget the yummy, no party is successful without it.

    Entertaining idea - use high candelabras in place of a chandelier

    Balloons and gold furniture for entertaining

    There's lots of fun companies out there creating chic balloon arrangements like these above. The tassels and confetti make them extra special. Instead of hanging chandeliers, this table decor features high-standing candelabras to make room for the balloons.

     Share your favorite New Year's entertaining ideas below!

    Images from The Perfect Palette, B Lovely, VTwonen

  • How to Hang Modern Wall Sconces Right…The First Time

    Powder room with modern wall sconces

    Modern wall sconces like our Robert Abbey Doughnut sconce should be mounted between 65-to-70  inches high next to bathroom vanity mirrors. But make sure you perform the glare test first!

    Modern wall sconces lend timeless style to your home décor. But if you don’t install these fixtures right the first time, they’ll become a huge headache – literally.

    For instance, you might install a sconce that seems a perfect height when standing. But upon sitting, you’re blinded by an annoying glare. Avoid this headache by employing our simple glare test.

    The Cardboard & Flashlight Trick

    Items for the cardboard and flashlight trick

    Build your sconce template using these simple household items.

    Create a wall sconce template using the following materials:

    • Cardboard
    • Box cutter or scissors
    • Small flashlight (found in most gas station convenience stores)
    • Tape
    • Pencil

    First, find a modern wall sconce style you like. Use scissors to cut out a template roughly the same size as the fixture's shade. Shape the cardboard to match the shades curvature. Finally, tape the flashlight inside the cardboard to simulate the light source.

    Image of assembled cardboard template with the flashlight attached

    Despite it’s crude look, this template will help you hang a wall sconce like a pro!

    Voila! Your template is ready for action.

    Placement of Modern Wall Sconces

    Side-by-side comparison of a bronze wall sconce and the cardboard template

    bronze modern sconce by George Kovacs (left) and the cardboard template (right) you’ll use to pre-visualize the fixture.

    Use your template to conduct a glare test in each room of your home.

    1. Recruit a friend or family member. Ask them to hold your cardboard sconce at different positions along the wall. The flashlight should be ON at this point.
    2. Stand at different sides of the room to observe your “sconce” at different angles. Make sure you don’t see glare from the flashlight.
    3. Next, sit down on any chairs, sofas or benches in the room. Observe the sconce. If you catch glare from the flashlight, adjust the “sconce” accordingly.
    4. Use the pencil to mark the top and bottom edges of the template.
    5. Buy your sconce, install the fixture, and enjoy your modern wall décor!

    Sconce mounted where there is glare

    If you can see glare from the flashlight, adjust the sconce position until it’s out of sight. Do this from a standing and sitting position.

    Proper Height to Hang Sconces

    Modern living room with sconce made of bronze Murano glass

    Living room fixtures like the bronze Murano glass ET2 Cassini sconce should hang halfway between the ceiling and the floor to create a sense of balance.

    The following are standard heights for mounting residential wall lights. Use these standards in concert with your cardboard “sconce”.

    Hallway with 8-foot ceilings = 60-to-66 inches
    Hallways with 9-foot ceilings and above = 66-to-72 inches
    Living room = halfway between ceiling and floor
    Mirrors and mantels = on either side, 65-to-70 inches

    If you used the Cardboard & Flashlight trick, how did it work out? Did you use another method to judge height and placement of your modern wall sconce? We would love to hear your thoughts.

  • Contemporary Lighting Fixtures So Clean, You Can Eat Off Them!

    If your dining room decor is “sleek” or “minimalist”, you probably know that contemporary lighting fixtures are the best way to complete this style. But did you know the quality of illumination actually affects how food tastes?

    Sputnik-inspired contemporary lighting fixture

    A contemporary lighting fixture like the Sputnik--inspired Ramona 32-Inch LED Pendant Light is an ideal central luminaire in your dining room, as well as an eye-catching piece of art. The light quality will even make your food taste better!

    In Psychological Reports: Human Resources & Marketing, Brian Wansink and Dr. Koert Van Ittersum explore how lighting affects the way we consume food. They installed soft lighting in a section of a Hardee’s fast food restaurant, and found that patrons ate at a more relaxed pace, and lingered at their tables longer.

    Rectangular chandelier with cascading glass bubbles and black shade

    Linear fixtures like the unique Bubble Cascade pendant should hang over rectangular dining tables and kitchen islands.


    Wansink and Ittersum also noted the patron’s eating under soft lighting reported higher satisfaction levels in the food they consumed. This was despite eating from the same menu as patrons surveyed under normal lighting conditions.

    You too can use this psychological effect to enhance the flavor of dishes you serve, while spending more quality time with friends and family.

    Pro Lighting Tips for Contemporary Dining Rooms

    Crystal and chrome semi-flush ceiling light

    If your dining room ceiling is too low for a chandelier, then choose a stylish contemporary flush mount like this semi-flush Crystal Burst ceiling light.

    Most dining rooms don't need a lot of fixtures. In fact, one central light is usually all you need. Many interior designers will say they HATE flush mount fixtures in these areas, which tend to leave too much empty space. Instead, go with:

    Chandeliers and Pendants

    Chandeliers or pendants are the number-one way to dazzle your dining room. These suspended fixtures will become the central art piece, so “wow” your guests with the craziest design imaginable.

    For a rectangular table, go with something linear like our bubble cascade pendant (as seen above) or the rectangular handkerchief pendant chandelier.

    Pair round dining tables with circular or globe chandeliers, like the LED Madilynn pendant or the molecular-looking chandelier seen below.

    Chrome and glass chandelier that resembles a molecule

    Circular fixtures like the Nitrogen chandelier in a chrome finish should be placed over round or oval tables. They should hang 36-inches above the tabletop.

    Table Lamps & Sconces

    Accent to your main light with table lamps like the organic Vevina Wavy Tendril Lamp and this table lamp with a glass dome.

    If you don’t have a flat surface like a sideboard, look for wall fixtures like this Possini Euro cutout wall sconce or this minimalist glass and nickel sconce from George Kovacs.

    Flush Mount

    If your dining room has a low ceiling, look for eye-catching flush mounts like the crystal burst semi-flush ceiling light seen above or the Lilypad ceiling light fixture.

    Other Considerations:

    • The bottom of a chandelier should hang 36-inches from the top of your dining table
    • Lighting fixtures should be connected to dimmers to change the atmosphere when needed
    • Warm incandescent or halogen lights are best for dining rooms. You can also choose LEDs with low color temperatures, preferably in the 2700K to 3200K range
    • Choose incandescent or halogen bulbs around 60-75-watts
    • Linear fixtures should measure about 1/3 the length of the tables they hang over

    We encourage you to “audition” these stylish contemporary lighting fixtures in your home. Print out the fixtures you like and take the printouts into your dining room. Pre-visualize each design in the space by holding the printouts in front of you.

December, 2015