INSPIRATION AND PRODUCTS
Lighting can be the most impactful and often overlooked fixture within a space. You can take a simple or boring room, and immediately punch it up with the correct lighting. Yes, it’s that Important. So I’m always left wondering why so many people opt for lame contractor grade fixtures with dull finishes, when they can make a statement with their lighting.
Most of these rooms have other great design features, but the lighting takes center stage. Each inspiration image sits side by side with a more affordable lighting option with a similar look. Click on each image for sources and links.
The texture of this fixture is in perfect balance to the glass wall and light floors, and it compliments the wood columns and tabletop. Also, the large scale draws your attention, and makes the high ceilings and elongated space feel cozy.
This fixture is a favorite of mine, and I love how it fills the blank ceiling space. In addition to providing light it adds texture, contrast, and interest to the room. A friend of mine is using a similar piece in this new home, and I can't wait to see the finished space.
This ship chandelier is more art than light. It’s a conversation piece in this otherwise traditional dining room. I’ve seen it in other more eclectic spaces, and it doesn’t make the same impact. Pairing it with other dramatic elements takes your focus away from the light.
I’m a fan of clustered lighting. If it’s staggered…even better. Layering a simple fixture, especially one with a mirrored finish, adds dimension to any space. There is also a copper version of this setup that I wouldn’t mind having in my home.
How to take a white kitchen with all the basic elements, like traditional trim, marble countertops, and white subway, to the next level? Add an oversized pendant. Any style of light fixture would have worked in this space, so choose one you love and make it big.
Unlike the other fixtures above, this light feels translucent. It’s a great compliment to the art grouping, but still takes the room to the next level. The round light is the perfect punctuation to the design of this office space.