One of the best ways to infuse style and personality into your decor is with unique lighting. Used in pairs, lamps and chandeliers not only help to add sufficient lighting to a room, but when doubled up impact they make on the style of a room is powerful.
Here’s some lighting inspiration that will have you doing a double take, plus I’ve thrown in a little design wisdom too!
I love the look of oversized lamps on a console table. So many times people lean towards tall, skinny lamps thinking they will be a better balance for a console table. In many cases larger, bulkier lamps will create a more impressive table vignette. Even though this table is relatively short, the lamps are a great balance against its chunkier lines.
Adding a contrasting color in your lamp shade is one of the easiest ways to give your lamps personality. The round shade plays up all the curved and rounded details in this space, adding to the style rather than contrasting it.
Double pendants are not uncommon over an island but what makes these work so well in this space is the color contrast. The black upper of the pendants draw your eye up and tie back to all the other dark details in the kitchen (chair legs, cabinet knobs and cooktop). The white lower part of the pendants keep the lights feeling too heavy and overpowering. I also love how the copper details play against the nail head trim on the chairs and the brown/copper undertones of the tile.
The matchy, matchy look is not for everyone but it works in this vignette. The color tone of the mirror, chest and lamp bases are all very similar which create a higher end look. The black shades and dark walls are just enough contrast to make the entire look pop.
So what’s not to love about these red pendants? Red is obviously the accent color for this kitchen and pulling that color up to the ceiling makes a strong impact. I love the exposed chain detail, adding a bit of a rustic vibe to an otherwise refined kitchen.
I’m personally not a fan of most wall mounted, swing arm light fixtures but when the shape is unique and when positioned over the bed (versus on the side), I’m all for it. These lamps are as much a design element as they are a functional element.
p.s. Take note of the bed cover detail. Fab!
A great alternative to traditional table lamps in a bedroom are double chandeliers over each nightstand. I love how these chandeliers have just the right amount of detail to be noticed but almost fade away into the background of the room.
Lamps in a bathroom are such an unexpected and elegant touch. When space allows, go for two lamps versus one and keep the other accessories to a minimum. Use lamps that are the same color as the fixtures so the lamps become part of the architecture!
For even more lighting inspiration, be sure to check out my Pinterest board, This Little Light of Mine!