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Interior design tips and lighting ideas for today's home! Providing professional interior design advice, home decor ideas and inspiration.

  • Find Room Design Ideas on LampsPlus.com!

    Lamps Plus website feature called Shop by Room

    Have you ever decided to design or re-design a room and felt stumped and can't figure out where to start? Shop by Room may be the help you've been looking for!

    Urban living room design ideas with items available for purchase from Lamps Plus

    Lamps Plus has hundreds of inspiring room design ideas for you to peruse. Shop by Room is broken down into the following categories:

    • Bathrooms
    • Bedrooms
    • Dining Rooms
    • Entryways
    • Hallways
    • Kitchens
    • Living Rooms/Great Rooms
    • Offices
    • Outdoor Living

    We also include a breakdown of the items that are featured in the rooms that are available for purchase.

    Shop by Room regularly adds new images and products to inspire you, and the best part is that we do all the work and you get all the credit!

    Be sure to check out the Lamps Plus YouTube channel for more design tips and ideas.

  • Lighting in Small Bedroom Design

    A Narrow Bedroom with Modern Wall Lights

    Lighting in small bedroom design is one of the easiest design projects, ever. My new obsession is Remodelista which had fabulous pictures of smaller scale bedrooms that showed a wide array of lighting options that could be applied to your own home.

    Smaller Bedrooms with Small Scale Lighting

    Let’s face it, bedrooms can serve a multitude of functions and having the right lighting is key. Small bedrooms with small nightstands should naturally have beautiful table lamps that don't take up much space. But, if you have a super wee bedroom, you may wish to think outside the box.

    If surface space is scarce try hanging modern pendant lights from the ceiling. Not only is it unexpected, it’s a good way to light the room and take up very little space.

    Various Ligthing Solutions for Small Bedrooms

    Two other options are space savers as well as functional. Floor lamps are a great option in small bedroom design if you don’t have room for bedside tables, as are swing arm lamps. Floor lamps take up virtually no room and will offer better overall lighting, while the wall lights will create better task and reading light.

    After making sure the room is super stylish, your overall goal should be a combination of various light sources which is very easy to make happen even if your bedroom is short on space.

    Modern Lights for Bedrooms

    1. Whether on a desk or nightstand the contemporary Lite Source Halogen Counter-Balance Arm Desk Lamp is modern yet timeless.

    2. No worries if you have no room for bedside tables, look up with the George Kovacs Clear Glass Mini Pendant Light.

    3. Try the sleek Sputnik White Reader Touch LED Floor Lamp in lieu of bedside tables and lamps.

    4. A bedside table lamp like the classic Arteriors Home Kristie White Glass Bottle Table Lamp is a good looking basic.

    5. Free up nightstand surface space if you mount the plug-in Regina-Andrew Arc 21" Metal Wall Sconce.

    Photos: Remodelista.

  • Interior Design Fun with Stripes

    Nursery interior design featuring a yellow and white striped ceiling

    Stripes, Stripes everywhere, the more the merrier! There is nothing that combines fun, sophistication and style like a good stripe in interior design. As you can see here, you can put stripes just about anywhere and they will hit big and make a great statement.

    Apartment Therapy images help inspire us to explore the wonderful world of stripes, and will hopefully inspire you to stripe up your decor!

    A hallway, bathroom and nook that incorporate striped into their design

    One of the most common places you will see a stripe accent in interior design is on the wall. The images above however, take it one small step forward in terms of design and application.

    Varying the widths of the stripes make for a big graphic impact and feel quote modern.

    Tiling your powder room with a stripe that is perfectly in line the vanity is elegant, slightly vintage and totally beautiful.

    Have an extra closet in the house you're not using? Remove the doors and tuck a twin mattress inside hidden by a thick pair of drapes. Accent the small space with light stripes to add visual impact without shrinking the space for the perfect getaway nook.

    Outdoor spaces with striped floors

    Ready for the ultimate visual impact? Striped floors welcome people into your home with gusto and character. Whether you actually lay varying wood planks, or tape off the floors and add stripes with paint, the end result is immensely graphic and attention grabbing.

    From rustic to modern, almost any design style will be amplified with a pop of stripe.

    Chic home decor featuring stripes, including window and wall treatments

    Chic home decor in a stripe pattern brings an amazing graphic punch to any room you style. From the area rugs on the floor up to the striped roman shades hanging just under the ceiling, stripes can be applied anywhere.

    Want to do something a little out of the box? Make your stripes out of two complimentary colors instead of the classic mixture of color plus white. A beautiful blue and green area rug and wall treatment feels so perfectly dainty yet designed.

    Image Source: Apartment Therapy

  • Unique Kitchen Island Design

    Kitchen island design with bar height stools and glass pendants

    A vital part of  the design plan when it comes to your kitchen is the kitchen island design. When I renovated my old house, the number one thing on my wish list was creating my dream kitchen.

    To me, that meant classic style including marble counters, wood floors and a farmhouse sink, all centered around an island where my friends and family could gather.

    Almost anything goes when designing a kitchen island. Whether you decide to go with classic materials or a taller island where you can gather lots of bar height stools there is something for everyone.

    An antique chest of drawers converted into a kitchen island

    An antique chest of drawers adds character to this white kitchen as well as extra storage.

    A double-sided kitchen island with chrome and wood bar height stools

    A double-sided island allows for an easy flow of conversation and can replace the need for a kitchen table.

    A portable stainless steel cart used as a kitchen island

    Don’t think you have enough space for an island? A stainless steel cart on wheels can be moved in and out of the kitchen as needed and the open shelves are perfect for storing everyday items.

    Unique kitchen island design with a live-edge wooden counter and turquoise base

    The kitchen island design above is the focal point of the kitchen with a live edge counter and a pop of fun color.

    A square, white-washed kitchen island with extra-large scale linen pendant above

    Islands can take on any shape to fit the space, as can be seen from this small square island with a dramatic light fixture centered above.

    A narrow white table-like kitchen island with turned legs and lower shelf for storage

    Can’t find it? DIY it and build your dream island to perfectly suit your needs.

    How would you design your dream kitchen island?

    Image Sources: Eclectically Vintage; DIY Showoff; Better Homes & Gardens; Dear Lillie; The White Buffalo Styling Co.; Country Living; Rain on a Tin Roof

  • Fabulous Foyer Design

    A bright foyer design with white lacquer console table and large wall mirror

    How does the saying go?  You only get one chance to make a first impression?  This idea totally applies to foyer design.  

    Your foyer is the first thing your guests will see when they come into your home, so don't ignore it or have it be an after-thought when designing your home.

    If you live in a house you may use the door to the garage for your everyday comings and goings, but if you're an apartment dweller, a beautiful foyer will allow you to enjoy your comings and goings that much more.

    A well-designed foyer is a great opportunity to display your personality or give a little taste of what's to come in the rest of the home.

    A foyer with grasscloth-covered walls, mirrored console and a pair of glass table lamps

    Mirrors are a great addition to a foyer - they open up a space and add a luxurious feel. Beautiful wall mirrors create the illusion of extra space and reflect natural light, which is great if your entry is on the small side.  

    Make sure the size of the mirror is in proportion to the space or the piece of furniture it is hanging above. 

    Hanging a mirror in your foyer is also perfect for an outfit and make-up check before heading out the door (or upon arrivals for your guests!)

    A bold foyer design from Miles Redd with large-scale patterned wallpaper and black and white chevron floor

    Foyers are a great place to play with color and pattern, try a bold color or a large-scale patterned wallpaper for example.  

    A foyer is a great opportunity to flex your creative muscles and take design risks that you might not be ready to try in the rest of your home.

    Designer Miles Redd goes big, both literally and figuratively, in this gorgeous foyer. The wallpaper, bold black and white chevron floor and tortoise shell mirror just work. The wallpaper on the soffit is another great touch.

    A Steven Gambrel-designed foyer with dramatic modern chandelier and tufted upholstered bench

    Lighting is one of the easiest ways to update your foyer design.  A dramatic chandelier (like the one in the Steven Gambrel-designed foyer above,) a pair of unique sconces or eye-catching table lamps on a console will upgrade the look of your space and make it look more finished.

    I love how the calming palette of the foyer allows you to take a deep breath before entering the bold and energizing room with purple lacquered walls just through the arched opening.

    A large foyer with modern brass chandelier and eye-catching brass table and snakeskin upholstered bench

    Add a statement piece like this dramatic table seen in the foyer of Ashley Stark's (as in Stark Carpet) home. An eye-catching piece creates a focal point for the room and can be anything from an interesting console table to an upholstered bench to a wall mirror with an interesting finish or a lot of detail.

    A Saarinen table in front of a colorful gallery wall

    A foyer is an excellent opportunity to display art. An attention-grabbing large-scale piece of art or well-thought-out gallery wall are the perfect finishing touch in a well-designed foyer.

    A white lacquer room divider defines an entryway in an apartment

    If you don't have an entry that is separate from the main area of your apartment, a room divider can quickly solve the problem.  The wall divider visually sets the space apart from the rest of the larger room.  The console table and wall mirror give the space the feel of a traditional foyer.

    Image Sources: House Beautiful; domino; Miles Redd; Elle Decor; Elle Decor; Lonny; domino

  • Adding Vintage Style To Your Home

    Vintage style table with rustic wood planter and baskets for storage

    What is it about vintage style that tugs at our heartstrings?

    The familiar?

    The age-old pieces that tell a story?

    The unique perspective vintage brings?

    Exactly.

    Many times vintage style combines the old with the new and layers in years of texture and patina and weathered wood.  

    You can find vintage items at thrift stores and estate sales and auctions.  You can also purchase vintage reproduction items to recreate the look as well.

    Here's some easy tips for adding  classic romantic vintage decor to your home for less:

    1.  Repurpose

    Think outside the box.  A vintage tool box becomes a side table.  A basket becomes a catch-all.  A metal gutter becomes a planter.

    2.  Collect

    Sometimes the power of vintage can be found in more than one.  Start a collection and group the collection together for display.

    3.  Texture

    Many times vintage items are a great way to add texture and depth to a space with mismatched pieces and layers of color.

    4.  Rethink

    Sometimes we think vintage items can only be for display.  Use teacups for scoops and easels for display and architectural pieces for hooks.

    Here are some more ideas of how to get that vintage style look:

    Romantic vintage decor pieces for your home

    Patterned Coffee Table

    Layer a patterned coffee table into your space like this option with its geometric pattern and white washed patina.

    You could add baskets underneath and a flat tray on top filled with books.

    Traditional Carved Mirror - Fill up a blank wall with a stylish option like this ornately carved mirror.

    Add two side-by-side in a bathroom or fill a vertical space with a row of creamy white plates above the mirror.

    Wood Pendant Light with Metal Details- Never underestimate the difference a unique light fixture can make in a space.

    This pendant was inspired by vintage wine barrels and adds a bit of sophistication to any room.

     A Classic Cashmere Throw - Ahhhh....cashmere.  Wrap yourself and your room in warmth with the texture of cashmere.

    Layer the throw with textured pillows and drape over a patterned couch or chair.

    Weathered Wood Lamp - Mimicking a balustrade style pole, this weathered wood lamp is topped off with a warm oatmeal linen shade.

    Perfect alone on a side table or in groups of two on a mantle or hutch, this lamp adds vintage style to your space.

    Stylish Tufted Upholstery

    Nothing says vintage like tufting and nothing says tufting like a pair of side chairs.

    Add the chairs to a formal dining room setting or group them around an antique table for a game of cards.

    Vintage style combines the old and the new in perfect harmony.

    Why not add a little vintage to your world today?

    Photo credits:  Photo 1;  Thistlewood Farms  Photo 2:  Thistlewood Farms

  • Timeless Water Features

    A Timeless Water Feature in a shallow pool

    Timeless water features can enhance both exterior as well as interior spaces, creating domestic harmony and peace.

    I enjoyed the variety of fountains featured in Lonny and came to the conclusion that I think I may need to get one for my own home.

    Charming Water fountains for home need not be elaborate or require major construction. Some fountains can even simply plug in and become tabletop design features.

    A Variety of Asian Style Fountains

    Contemporary fountains such as the example above, seem to have their roots based on simple, Asian design. I love the clean aesthetic, almost invisible nature of these water features. It’s Zen living at its best.

    Personally, I love when fountains are lit at night, so make sure you are near a power source that can support not only the fountain but some form of outdoor landscape lighting.

    Examples of Timeless Traditional Fountains

    Mediterranean style fountains are a timeless look and can enhance both large and small outdoor spaces. Water features have long been the hallmark of Spanish style homes and keeps terraces and courtyards visually cool and tranquil.

    Organic Style Fountains in a Garden Setting

    Another form of popular fountains are those that have a craft or “repurposed” quality. Using old pots, urns and sculpture to create a home fountain is the essence of living green. Creating a calm outdoor environment with water can be funky, quirky and echo your personality and the soul of your home.

    A Selection of Water Fountains For Home

    1. The nature inspired Oakley Metal Tiering Leaf Fountain has a great handmade, craft feel and would be great in a lush shade garden.

    2. The Magma Natural Rock Floor Fountain has a simple and organic feel.

    3. A great option for a contemporary water feature would be the sleek Orbital Pedestal Floor Fountain with LED Light.

    4. The Classic Three-Tier Reconstituted Granite Fountain is a classic and looks perfect in Mediterranean style homes and courtyards.

    5. Minimalists will love the simple lines of the Gardenfall Black Oxide 72" High Fountain with Light.

    Photos: Lonny.

  • Beautiful Blues - Outdoor Style Inspiration

    I'm really inspired by beautiful blues, especially when it comes to outdoor style.

    Anytime I see bright, vibrant blue hues in outdoor styling I think of the mediterranean; The blue rooftops of Greece, the gorgeous ocean color, Blue shutters in the south of France.

    Blue naturally fits outdoors, and enhances the greens of your foliage as well as serving as a punchy accent against whites and creams.

    Here we explore some amazing outdoor living ideas that both star as well as give a supporting role to gorgeous bright blues.

    Beautiful shades of blue take center stage in these outdoor rooms

    This first batch of inspiration imagery from Sunset Magazine makes blue the star player in the outdoor game. If you love the color, don't be shy about implementing it.

    As you can see, a secret color blocked fire pit in blue can make a big statement, while an ombre blue stylish outdoor area rug creates a dramatic look for any patio or deck.

    Bold chevron stripes look great in bright mediterranean blue and white, and a solitary ceramic blue pot against a beautiful blue house couldn't be a more beautiful, simple outdoor style moment. 

    Outdoor spaces with blue accents through outdoor pillows and additional seating

    If the bold blue invasion above is too much to commit to, why not try accenting your already stylish outdoor living space with the beautiful color. Outdoor throw pillows are a great way to do that, with great patterns, shapes and sizes there are wonderful options for a wide variety of styles and tastes.

    If additional seating is what you're in the market for, why not opt for a swinging cocoon chair that is bursting with blue beauty. Or try mixing colors with vintage metal chairs in complimentary colors.

    However you style it, you can not go wrong when adding gorgeous mediterranean blue tones to your outdoor living spaces.

    Go to the Shop by Room section of this website for more great outdoor living ideas.

    Image Source: Sunset Magazine

  • Glam Mirrored Furniture

    Glamorous mirrored furniture looks great in a bathroom with crystal pendant lighting

    I think every room needs a bit of bling and mirrored furniture definitely brings it.

    One of my favorite ways to add shimmer and reflect light is by hanging mirrors.

    Why stop at the walls when there are so many great pieces of mirrored furniture available to glam up any space.  There are choices galore -- from a glam mirrored dresser to a more subtle mirrored bench.

    Here are some of my faves:

    A selection of favorite glam mirrored furniture

    1 – The antiqued mirrored top of this gold leaf coffee table adds character and the clear glass bottom shelf means extra storage space for your favorite knick knacks.

    2 – The heavily antiqued mirrored panels of this room divider will reflect light wherever you put it.

    3 – Glam up a master closet or a foyer with a mirrored bench with tufted upholstery.

    4 – Real crystal knobs adorn this mirrored dresser that would be perfect in any glamour girl's bedroom.

    5 – Getting ready for a night on the town will be even more fun in front of this luxurious mirrored bathroom sink vanity with black granite top.

    6 – The perfect mix of old world style and updated glamour combine to create this antique mirrored chest.

    7 – Add style and storage to your bedside, not to mention a little faux croc leather with this nightstand.

    8 – Add sparkle where you entertain by displaying this mirrored cabinet in the dining room.

    9 – Light and curvy legs add whimsy and a mirrored top adds sparkle to this little accent table.

    Mirrored dresser with oval mirror above

    What room in your house could use a little sparkle?

    Image Sources: Lamps Plus; Better Homes & Gardens

  • Interior Design Style - Industrial Chic

    Beautiful industrial chic loft with wrought iron and exposed beams
    The industrial chic style is very popular now as more and more people are converting former warehouses and factories into homes and lofts.  

    Interiors in this style often feature wide, open spaces and leave structural elements and raw materials exposed. Industrial chic celebrates the combination of form and function and does so with very little embellishment.

    The industrial chic palette is pretty neutral, so texture is extremely important.  Bring in texture by layering different finishes and materials like steel, cast iron, exposed brick and stone, and reclaimed or distressed wood.  

    Textiles made of different materials with different patterns and textures is another technique to layer in visual and tactile interest into your space.

    Industrial-style kitchen with pendant lighting, adjustable metal barstools and reclaimed wood island

    Industrial chic doesn't require steel columns, exposed beams and bricks to work.  Any space can take on the industrial chic look with the right combination of lighting, furniture and home decor

    Here's how to get the look:

    Lighting

    Utilitarian-looking industrial-style pendants or close-to-ceiling lights for lower ceilings are one way to bring the industrial chic style into your home.

    Industrial ceiling fans in varying finishes will bring in the look as well while increasing air flow.

    Industrial chic table lamps are great on side tables and consoles, while floor lamps with an industrial look are great for lighting up dark corners or a seating area where there is no side table.

    Industrial chic lighting for your home

    Lattice Vintage Style Bronze Ceiling Light - Brinley Bronze 8-Light PendantIrondale Bronze Pendant Light

    Farmhouse Bellwether Copper Table Lamp - Backstage Black and Nickel Adjustable Floor Lamp

     

    Furniture

    Furniture with an industrial vibe or simple lines are the right pieces for this look.  Pieces made of rough or salvaged wood work perfectly when decorating in this style.  Matte metal finishes are also an important component of industrial chic.  It's a bonus if the piece has nailheads or exposed rivets.

    When decorating with industrial furniture, bring in some traditional and softer silhouettes to keep the space from looking too cold, vintage pieces like traveler's trunks work especially well.  As far as upholstered pieces go, leather furniture with a lived-in look or other similarly worn or simple-lined pieces are best.

    No room is complete without an area rug -- an area rug brings another layer of texture and is an opportunity to add some organic lines and shapes to balance the hard edges of the furniture.

    Furniture ideas to create an industrial-looking space

    Elio Rusty Elm Wood Dining Chairs - Rose of Lebanon Copper Area Rug -

    Hammary Studio Gray Oak Bookcase

    Tyler Cognac Leather Sofa - Lyon Linen Trunks - Cranfill Aged Pine Adjustable Height Cocktail Table

    Accessories

    It's all in the details, right?  The right collection of accessories will really pull a room together.  Look for items that can be conversation pieces like items that are inspired by old factory and laboratory pieces.  

    Incorporate antique (or antique-looking) items that fit in with the overall look of the space too. Wall art will bring in another layer of visual interest and texture.  

    Stylish decorative pillows are another way to bring a layer of softness to a hard-edged space.  Pillows are an opportunity to introduce a little color into an industrial space, but keep the colors muted.

    Accessories to add the final touch to an industrial-style interior

    Butterscotch Caramel Abstract Wall Art - Grand Hotel Decorative Burlap Pillow - Kathy Ireland Heritage Pillow

    Caldwell Wall Mirror - Antique Bronze Collectors Compass - Crestview Collection Rustic Metal Clock

    Utilitarian, simple and natural are words that perfectly describe this style.  It's a simple and clean look with a focus on function. 

    Look at the Shop-by-Trend section of the website for more industrial chic inspiration.

    Image Sources: Planète Deco; Love Chic Living

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