Layered Kitchen Lighting: How Doubling Down On Your Lighting Fixtures Can Make A Big Difference

The difference between a kitchen that looks good and a kitchen that looks great isn’t how you decorate the space, it’s how you light it. Even the best designed kitchens feel lackluster with inadequate lighting, while a few stylish, well-placed lights can make even an ordinary kitchen come alive. And, of course, good lighting plays […]

Go Bold With Big, Industrial Style Pendant Lights For Your Kitchen Island

For a long time, petite pendant lights were all the rage in kitchen design. Lots of small, cafe style pendants provided plenty of light and a restaurant-style ambiance. But trends are starting to shift toward bigger, bolder lighting fixtures. The area over a big kitchen island is particularly ideal for a hefty statement light, and […]

Using Lighting Fixtures To Add Definition To A Large, Open Kitchen

In a large kitchen, it’s important to have multiple sources of light, not just to ensure that the whole kitchen is illuminated, but also to help define different areas of the kitchen. A wide open space can feel very welcoming, but if you aren’t careful, it can also feel oversized or even overwhelming. Choosing the […]

Top Trends: Modern Rustic And Reclaimed Chandeliers For A Contemporary Restoration Style

Chandeliers are the go-to lighting fixtures for large spaces. They’re the only type of light that’s big enough to stand up to a very high ceiling and hefty enough to hold its own in a spacious room. That said, the word “chandelier” often conjures images of very traditional fixtures – ones made of elegantly wrought, […]

Restored And Re-Imagined Factory Lights For A Chic Contemporary Table Lamp

It used to be that an “antique lighting fixture” was just an old fashioned chandelier or wall sconce that swapped out real candles for flame-shaped light bulbs. But while these big, ornate fixtures have certainly stuck around, lately there’s been an increased interest in more recent designs. Early electric lights – particularly turn of the […]

Why Choosing A Lighting Fixture From A Big Collection Is Almost Always Better

Choosing a new lighting fixture can be a somewhat daunting process. Even if you have a good idea of the style or type of light you want, the sheer number of options available can be a tad overwhelming. A good way to start narrowing down your options is to look for brands that offer large […]

Using Colorful Lighting Fixtures To Brighten Up A Modern Space

By and large, modern spaces are fairly monochromatic. Glass and steel, black, white, and gray, simple lines and straightforward designs that all add up to a sleek, stylish – and very minimalist – decor. But if you ask me, as elegant as a very simple, sophisticated modern design can be, it isn’t always terribly inviting. […]

Pros And Cons Of Ceiling Fans: When They Work And Why They Don’t

In my household, the summer months are always spent maintaining a precarious balance between keeping the house cool and keeping the cooling bill low. I’m willing to consider just about any option to make it work, too. But recently I spent some time in a home with ceiling fans in almost every room – a […]

White Lighting Fixtures (Part 2) – Having Fun With Shapes

Yesterday I talked a bit about how well the color white works in modern design, especially win modern lighting fixtures. But it’s a topic near and dear to my heart, and one that I think is worth revisiting. So, if Part 1 was about light, shadow, and texture, today I’d like to talk about shape […]

White Lighting Fixtures – A Simple Way To Get A Modern Look

I once had a sculpture instructor who insisted that all the projects we turned in were painted flat white. Why? Because flat white is the great equalizer: it shows every detail and every dent, every mark and every mar – it’s the true test of ability, and done right, one of the most spectacular displays […]