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4 Stunning Uses of Indoor Lighting

The right lamp – and the right way to style it – can change the aesthetic of an entire room. Whether you are looking for just a hint of soft shine in a cozy dining room or bold illumination for a large living room, get inspired – and effortlessly light up your style – with these stunning uses of indoor lamps, pendants, chandeliers and more. Happy lighting!

1. The Country Rustic Pendant

The architectural design of a bronze rectangle pendant will bring a rustic charm to any space – especially when hung above a country-chic dining set. Keep the focus on the rugged appeal of the unfinished wood and metal, or soften the aesthetic with a cozy area rug.

Indoor Lighting Style Tip:

If your style leans more industrial, leave out the glass paneling of a metal pendant for an edgier look.

Hang a bronze pendant with an exposed frame, sleek glass paneling and four light bulbs to seal in a country-chic ambiance.
A stunning display of chandeliers will captivate guests with eclectic charm. Play with varying levels of height for an effortlessly layered look.

2. The Eclectic Chandelier

Chandeliers are not just for providing light – they are stunning works of art in and of themselves – especially when hung in groups! For a bohemian-inspired vibe, hang two or three chandeliers in different styles above a quaint buffet server, and add in a floor or table lamp for a subtle contrast of shape and balance.

Indoor Lighting Style Tip:

An array of chandeliers can draw the eye upward, while an area rug in a bold color or pattern provides a balanced center of focus.

3. The Modern Drum Shade

The relaxed fabric and soft yellow lighting of simple pendant (like the one pictured to the right) brings a sleek modern appeal to any room. Opt for a drum shade in bright white or ivory to cool down the room’s color temperature; to bring out a softer glow, stick to warmer hues like black or grey.

Indoor Lighting Style Tip:

Contrast the sleek silhouette of a modern drum shade with rounded shapes; arched windows, a circular table and a bulbous table lamp will soften the aesthetic.

The ornate details and rich color of a traditional floor lamp will offset light wood paneling and walls for a touch of warmth and definition. 

4. The Ornate Floor Lamp

A traditional room isn’t complete without ornate details, and there is perhaps no better way to display them than on a stunning floor lamp. Look for turned silhouettes and engraved trimmings, like elegant curves and scallops, and consider pairing it with an embellished chandelier (pictured), for the ultimate in traditional style.

Indoor Lighting Style Tip:

Chandeliers, lamps and pendants are not the only sources of indoor lighting; for a cozy glow to complement a statement floor lamp, place a couple of rustic candle holders on a bold coffee table.

Room Lighting Ideas

Lighten up your style with a crystal lamp, the hottest (and sparkliest) trend everyone’s talking about.

Bedroom Lighting

For an all-out glow, a crystal lampshade is your best friend. Opt for frosted crystal to elevate the hazy, dewy warmth.

Living Room Lighting

In the living room, a traditional fabric shade stuns. If you still like the look of crystal, no worries. You can have both, thanks to designs with crystal bases.

Lamp Sculptures

Living room lamps come in all varieties of shapes and sizes, from tall columns to bulbous curves. Choose one (or ten) to beautify – and illuminate – your home.

Indoor Lighting Ideas

The beautiful thing about indoor lighting is that it is usually crystal clear, so it goes with everything. Place it on your wood nightstand, glass dining room table, chrome countertops – it literally works everywhere. You can even use a floor lamp on Grandma’s outdated vinyl tile from the 70s, and it will matchOr, as a chic accessory to ‘brighten up’ the interior of that somewhat scary cave you and your friends found while hiking last weekend, and it will match. Or, as statement decor in your pantry, to refresh the ambiance of your rows of canned olives, boxed pasta and expired sauces – and it will match.

You can even set a picture of your favorite crystal lamp as your phone’s wallpaper, and we’re telling you, it will match all of your phone’s apps and icons. The simple truth is that crystal (in a lamp or otherwise) is versatile, and no matter where you choose to incorporate it into your home, you can bet that it will blend in seamlessly while bringing its own gorgeous beauty. Hope we’ve been clear!
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