Style Illuminated

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

  • Decorating With Metallic Finishes


    Decorating with metallics can add the wow factor for your home.

    In life I'm easily distracted. My thoughts wander and jump from random idea to random idea while bright, shiny objects catch my eye every time. I love these hammered silver kitchen cabinets found on Apartment Therapy.

    And so it is with home decor.

    Metallics like brass and silver and hammered metal always catchy my eye and add just the right amount of bling and personality to any space.

    And no space is complete with out a little extra shine. 

    Here's some easy ideas on decorating with metallic finishes.

    Metallic Decor For The Kitchen

    Create sparkling decor by using gorgeous lighting.

    Let your light shine

    One of the easiest ways to add a little sparkle to a room is with gorgeous lighting... A light fixture with personality like the one in this kitchen featured on Apartment Therapy can go a long way.

    Cookie-cutter light fixtures are so yesterday.

    Add a stunning chandelier with crystals that reflects the light in the room and your space will truly sparkle.

    Metallic Finishes In Dining Room Decor

    Metallic finishes in dining room decor.

    Accentuate the positive

    Metallics aren't just for basics anymore.  

    Add a metallic wallpaper to create drama in a space like this gold pattern featured in Traditional Home.

    The brilliant chandelier echoes the metallic tones of the room. The dining room chairs also feature a metallic inset on the chair back, creating the feeling of luxurious comfort in the space.

    Blending Old And New Metallic Decor

    Blending old and new metallic decor.

    Blend the old and the new

    This is one of the most current trends in decorating as shown in this space by Domaine Home.

    Combine the aged beauty of a farmhouse table and its rustic flair with the opulent beauty of the metallic framed mirrors.

    The timeless appeal of combining both styles truly grounds a space with flair.

    Modern Decor With Metallics

    Metallic finishes layered for modern decor.

    Layer with texture and pattern

    Metallics sometimes glow best when combined with texture and pattern like in this colorful home featured on Design Sponge.

    The brilliant shine of a bookcase is layered with stripes and contemporary patterns over a basic natural fiber rug.

    Layer your space with a simple floral arrangement gathered to bring the outside in.

    So go on, have fun and add brass and silver and hammered metals to your fall decor. After all, decorating with metallic finishes is a brilliant way to let your decor shine.

    Pun totally intended.

    Photo credits: Apartment Therapy Apartment TherapyTraditional HomeDomaine HomeDesign Sponge

  • Ideas For Creating Stylish Fall Mantels

    Ideas For Creating Stylish Fall Mantels

    Ideas for creating stylish Fall mantels.

    Fall is my favorite season – I love everything from choosing the perfect pumpkin (with a cute stem), to making chili on a cool night, breaking out my boots and jeans, but mostly adding Fall style to my home. Specifically my fireplace mantel.

    This year, I kept it simple and neutral with a nubby wreath, driftwood pumpkins and a deconstructed little chair as a unusual fireplace screen.

    Since the mantel is a focal point in most rooms, it’s the perfect place to add a little touch of Fall.

    Wall Mirrors Look Great Above Mantels

    Wall mirrors look great above mantels.


    The windows flanking both sides of this mantel create beautiful symmetry that The Lily Pad Cottage. The matching wicker chairs and a mirror take center stage with a few plants for interest. Don't forget floor reading lamps so you can enjoy the fire with a good book.

    Fall Style Wreath

    Wreaths are perfect to place above the mantel for Fall.


    Don’t be afraid to display something normally reserved for the Christmas holidays like the green wreath used by City Farmhouse. Mums on the hearth and a textured basket keep the focus on fall.

    Have Fun With Your Fall Decor

    Have fun with your Fall decor.

    Have Fun

    This horse head hangs all year long over Our Fifth House’s mantel but she gives it a fun fall twist with a tartan scarf wrapped around its neck.

    Simple Decor

    Simple decor is sometimes the most effective.


    A single white pumpkin and decorative wall mirrors, like Dear Lillie’s mantel, hints at Fall and it’s all that’s needed for a beautiful mantel.

    Dark Paint

    Get risky with your Fall mantel and go dark.


    Don’t forget to bring the display down to the hearth. This old sign doubles as a fireplace screen for Primitive and Proper and the brass deer adds interest.

    Fake Fireplace

    You don't have to have a real fireplace, you can make one!

    Fake It

    Don’t have a fireplace? Fake it like Vintage Whites did with an old mantel propped against a wall and some gourds scattered on the floor.

    Vertical Space Styling

    Use your vertical space with wall decor.


    Create height by adding simple twigs from the yard to frame the focal point, like this fun wreath-wearing deer head from Craftberry Bush.

    Image credits: Eclectically Vintage, The Lily Pad Cottage, City Farm House, Our Fifth House, Dear Lillie Blog, Primitive And Proper, Vintage Whites Blog, Craftberry Bush

  • Inviting Black and White Design

    Black And White Design

    Black and white design for the home.

    There is always something chic, hip, somewhat exotic and edgy while always stylish, about black and white. For those who think it might be a little to modern and minimal for you, I am here to say NO!  Explore the photos below from Fancy to see how to make warm, inviting spaces from prominently black and white design.

    White, clean kitchen design is perfect for pendant lighting.

    This modern, light and airy kitchen uses gorgeous knotty wood flooring and bamboo countertops to bring warmth to an otherwise modern space. Adding a wood element like this is a great way to warm up a minimal black and white space.

    This kitchen would look even better with the addition of some black or white kitchen pendant lights!

    Black And White Decor

    Relaxed and modern home design.

    If you're lucky enough to have a backyard like the home above, I envy you! The abundance of nature all around flows inside the home due to the larger than life windows, adding an inviting, comfortable feel to a black and white living room.

    Chunky throw blankets, interior plants and a natural wood stool go further to bring the outdoors in and make this space warm and inviting, unlike a lot of modern spaces.

    Modern Living Room

    Stylishly modern family room.

    This simple, effortlessly cool family room makes the grey scale stylish and hip. The walls, doors, trim and ceiling all remain a clean, bright white, while variants of grey spatter the room, and small black accents pop among the subtle design.  

    If you don't want to be too drastic with your black accents, adding a few bold throw pillows or a black wall mirror brings depth to the airy space.

    Black Kitchen Design

    Black kitchen design.

    When you have a rich floor color such as the amber wood floor above, mixing in black and white accents can make the space feel current and cool.

    Crisp white walls and minimalist light furniture are contrasted with a bold, black kitchen that brings fun, modern style to the vintage space. Cool wall art adds pops to the monochromatic walls.

    Image credits: Fancy!

  • Contemporary Mexican Style Home Ideas

    Contemporary Mexican Style Home Ideas

    Chic contemporary Mexican style terrace.

    Contemporary Mexican style embodies the earthy qualities found in the organic, Mexican landscape coupled with the current vernacular of modern interiors. Coco Cozy featured a modern Mexican home that I immediately fell for...hard.

    I love the rough hewn textures that warm-up the simple lines of the residential design. Wide open rooms and patios make the space feel airy and large, while natural timbers, stone and warm terra cotta colors infuse the home with a cozy atmosphere.

    Mexican Style Interiors

    A spacious contemporary Mexican home.

    These interiors reflect the beautiful marriage of modernity and tradition. Modern chandeliers play off chunky wood and stone walls, while crisp-lined furniture has warm and inviting upholstery. This elegant balance works in both interior and exterior spaces as long as you keep things simple.

    I happen to love the oversized weave style pendants in the courtyard and think a smaller version would look great in a kitchen. Hanging pendants are a great option for kitchen style lighting

    This simple aesthetic doesn't embrace any window treatment, however I would only advocate for this if you are not in proximity to neighbors. 

    Mexican Style Decor

    The modern look of today's Mexican style home accessories.

    1. The industrial Lacey Round Black Chandelier is the perfect counterpoint to warm color, wood and stone.

    2. Add warmth to your kitchen with the Shaker Basket Weave Mini Pendant.

    3. The Howard Elliott Small Stepped Natural Wood Pedestal reflects the timbers in the home featured above.

    4. The Halsen Cognac Armchair combines modern design with warmth of the Mexican landscape.

    5. The Classic Home Bermuda Terra Cotta Area rug echoes the color of the Mexican earth.

    Photo credits: Coco Cozy

  • Autumn Flavors for Fall Decor Inspiration

    Autumn Flavors For Fall Decor Inspiration

    Fall inspiration, using apples.

    If you're searching for fall decor inspiration, look no further than the seasonal flavors of Autumn! Interiors finds informed by the fruits and spices of fall evoke the cherished traditions and fond feelings that accompany this time of year.

    For example, you can channel the fun of a trip to the orchard for some apple picking into your decor, as in this image from Local Milk. Or, you could incorporate the farmhouse wood finishes by selecting a handsome wood chandelier design for your dining room.

    1. A throw pillow in the burnished hue of a ripe red delicious apples evokes the feeling of Fall. 

    2. Store your Fall fruit bounty on the counter with an fruit-themed decorative bowl.

    3. The weathered finish of this wood mirror recalls the nostalgia of old apple buckets.

     Fall inspiration, using pumpkin.

    Perhaps you have treasured memories of choosing a jack 'o' lantern at the pumpkin patch, or baking that sweet pumpkin flavor into your favorite treats as seen on A Daily Something?

    1. Echo the warm hues of fall gourds with a pair of wool cushions in toasty orange.

    2. A ceramic pitcher keeps warm syrup at the ready at the breakfast table.

    3. The woven pattern of a copper wall mirror recalls the gridded pockets of pumpkin waffles.

    Fall inspiration, using hot cocoa.

    Finally, who can say no to an afternoon with friends, chatting over steaming cups of hot chocolate—topped with cinnamon of course—as spotted on This Is Jules?

    1. A patterned pillow brings to mind the swirling surface of a cup of cocoa.

    2. Serve up your favorite hot beverage in one of these ceramic mugs.

    3. Cinnamon sticks, which come from the bark of the cinnamon tree, have a similar texture to this reclaimed wood mirror.

    With a little Autumn flavor inspiration, you'll soon have a home as toasty and warm as your favorite fall treats!

    Image credits: Local MilkA Daily SomethingThis Is Jules

  • Makeover Your Entryway With LED Lighting

    Light up your home’s entryway this Fall with an outdoor LED light fixture. Whether it’s for safety, reliability or just style, it's always the perfect time of year to think about updating your entryway light.

    Makeover Your Entryway With LED Lighting

    There's a checklist to follow when shopping for LED entryway lighting and I'll walk you through it.

    A light fixture by an entry door is an essential design element for a safe and welcoming home. As our daylight hours are shrinking and kids are coming home later from after-school activities, that entry door becomes more like a revolving door of busyness.

    Updating to a reliable and efficient entryway light might become even more important.

    For example, this outdoor LED wall light has a bronze finish and frosted cream glass, with an output of 1,300 lumens which is equivalent to a 100-watt incandescent light bulb. It’s available in sizes from 12, 15, and 19 inches, so you can pick a size that works for front, back or side doors.

    Hickory Point Outdoor LED Light

    The Hickory Point outdoor LED light

    As you start shopping for your new LED entryway light, let’s break down the technical features so you know what to look for. We'll look at the first three today and then review the rest in follow up posts

                              1. Reliability                                4. Security                              7. Solar Light 

                              2. Color Temperature                 5. Dark Sky Light                    8. Dimming        

                              3. Style                                         6. Up And Down Light             9. Wet Rated            


    Whenever I’m asked why LED light fixtures and light bulbs, my reason is reliability. This is especially important in places where it’s difficult to replace light bulbs (high ceilings), or in places like an entryway where it becomes a safety issues.

    LED's are my favorite for entryway lighting since there’s no need to worry about the LED light bulb burning out for 20+ years.

    Color Temperature

    Remember to choose the fixture that is right for you and what you want to illuminate. Everyone has a different opinion about what color of light (color temperature) is best for their home.

    You've heard friends say things like: ‘That light is too blue,’ or ‘Those new light bulbs give off a yellow light that makes everything look weird.’ While those comments are completely justified, it’s not a reason to cast-off LED light bulbs all together. You just have to know what temperature (color) is right for you.

    Color Temperature Affects The Color Of Light Dispersed

    When shopping for LED lights, you should know this - The lower the temperature, the warmer the light.

    The color temperature of sunlight is about 5500K and it ranges all the way down to the low temperature of candlelight at about 1000K. 

    Hard to visualize? Think about the filters we use on Instagram and photo editing programs, you can change the ‘white balance’ on an image to see how images look a little bit warmer or cooler.


    While specifications can narrow a search for the perfect outdoor LED wall light, style is still an important factor when choosing between the final options.

    Luckily, the selection of outdoor LED light fixtures offers such a range of style choices. I’ll be surprised if you can’t find the perfect look for your home’s entryway.

    LED Outdoor Lighting

    A. LBL Zari 11" High Silver LED Outdoor Wall Light B. Dwell Country Rust 13 3/4" High LED Outdoor Wall Light C. Pier 60 Bronze 14 1/2" High LED Outdoor Wall Light

    A. Lighting is often described as jewelry in a home, and this fixture is spot-on. A silver finish, the wall sconce has sophisticated detailing. And it’s dimmable!

    B. If you're going for a more rustic, industrial look, this LED light might be for you. It has a country rust finish, and looks more like art than a traditional fixture. With 800 lumens (comparable to a 60-watt incandescent) it gives off enough light to make it functional. And it’s dimmable!

    C. Outdoor wall lights don’t have to be lanterns or have a security-style look to them. This LED light fixture has a geometric pattern that adds visual interest to your entryway.

    Stay tuned for our next post where we discuss more elements to look for when choosing LED lighting....

    Image credits: My Fix It Up Life

  • Turmeric Colored Details For Your Home

    Turmeric Colored Decor

    While turmeric is technically a spice, the color makes for a vibrant home accent that is a wonderful transition from Summer to Fall. Mix and Chic is such an upbeat blog that I had to go there for some color inspiration. Just as turmeric packs some punch in recipes and fine dining, so too does this color affect the overall feeling of a room.

    Orange Painted Rooms

    It’s amazing to think how color can amp up the energy of a room, but turmeric colored decor can do just that. I love how this color can act as an exclamation point when carefully used within a white or neutral space as seen above.

    Additionally, using orange paint as an accent can highlight an architectural detail or draw attention to an otherwise overlooked spot in your home.

    Orange Colored Home Decor

    Turmeric can also be used to warm-up a space. From a cozy throw or pillow to a colorful shade on chic designer lighting, this hue also embodies the essence of Fall and the change of seasons.

    Infusing a room with turmeric is also not necessarily an expensive prospect. A small detail like trim on curtains or even flowers will not set you back that much money but will look rich and designer-done.

    Orange Colored Interior Decoration

    For the more daring, you may want to consider investing in turmeric colored cabinetry, artwork or stylish mirrors. These statements are longer lasting and show your commitment to spicing-up your interiors. 

    Orange Decorative Objects

    1. Add some punch with a Cayenne Outdoor Pillow.

    2. Illuminate with style using the Robert Abbey Pumpkin Triple Gourd Ceramic Buffet Lamp.

    3. A daring kitchen should include the Possini Euro Strada Amber Art Glass LED Mini Pendant Light.

    4. I love the warm and cozy feel of the Hilton Wingback Burnt Orange Faux Leather Accent Chair.

    5. If you want the exotic look of Morocco, the Laguna Greek Key Orange Pouf Ottoman is perfect.

    6. The Howard Elliott Oakvale Orange Wall Mirror is a playful way to dress up a monochromatic wall.

    Photo credits: Mix and Chic

  • Radiant Orchid For Outdoor Design

    Radiant Orchid

    We haven't forgotten Pantone's color of the year, have you?! Radiant Orchid is perfect for outdoor decor, even if Summer is coming to a close.... Use this mood board above from The Sweet Occasion as inspiration.

    If you haven't paid attention to your outdoor design yet, you should, no matter what time of year it is. You can start with purple outdoor furniture and lots of planters to ensure a stylish outdoor design.

    Outdoor Furnishings

    Here's some specific ideas to help you embrace the color of the year:

    1. Set of 4 Zuo Silvermine Outdoor Purple Bay Chair

    2. Set of 4 Zuo Repulse Outdoor Purple Bay Chair

    3. Big Wave Purple Round Outdoor Folding Table

    4. Resort Sawyer 25450 Purple Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug

    5. Grape Ikat 24" Wide Surya Pouf Ottoman

    Image credit: The Sweetest Occasion

  • Modern Asian Interiors Decor Tips

    Modern Asian Interiors

    A warm and modern Asian style dining room.

    Modern Asian interiors are a clean and simple interpretation of one of the most beloved interior design schemes around. I found a selection of interior images on Lonny excels when it comes to putting together.

    While Asian homes have always been about simplicity, restraint and elegance, the export trade has turned decorating with Asian items into an explosion of pattern and color.

    Chinoiserie wallpaper and fabric features a riot of colors and the overuse of blue and white porcelain has is dire. I say stick to the basics if you want to be true to this style and if so, you will naturally create a modern space.

    Asian Decor Ideas

    You can use pops of color to achieve an Asian-inspired home.

    While these rooms appear to be architecturally contemporary, there are colorful Asian-style touches that are rooted in classic design but are thoroughly updated.

    Rice paper lighting style reflect timeless screens, and bright pops of red are reminders of Feng Shui symbols of power and love. You can include colorful table lamps for the perfect color pop.

    Asian Style Accessories

    Monochromatic contemporary interiors with Asian style art.

    Crisp white walls are another ingredient of the modern Asian interior. Furniture is kept simple and the cushions monochromatic. Naturally color does play a role but more supporting than lead.

    While I still love color, simple white shades and super-contemporary lights work beautifully in this interior.

    Asian Style Bedrooms

    Warm and cozy bedrooms with Asian artistic touches.

    If you intend to keep your rooms monochromatic, you may wish to incorporate Asian art or carved rectangular mirrors to breakup the look.

    Simple natural-themed patterns on a silk throw or pillow will truly make a statement as will a figural lamp that can look quite sculptural on an unadorned table, placed up against a white wall.

    Asian Home Decor

    1. The bright Glenarden Rectangular Red Wall Mirror captures many of the Feng Shui elements.

    2. Like the silk found in a kimono, the Red Dahlia Grey Pillow would look beautiful on a bed or sofa.

    3. Looking for a modern take on Asian bamboo? The Rivoli Navy Porcelain Table Lamp is just the thing.

    4. I like the mix of Asian and high glamour in the Safavieh Rory Silver Leaf Accent Table.

    5. The Varo Black Yarn Wrapped Table Lamp has a time-honored modern Asian and quite lyrical shape.

    Photo credits: Lonny

  • Cottage Chic Lighting Ideas

    Cottage Chic

    Have you ever wanted to live in a doll house? Well, that's essentially how the cottage chic style can make your home feel.  

    It's an interior design style where furniture, lighting and decor are elegantly distressed to create an antique appearance. Some pieces are in fact antique, but even the newer elements appear old in a charming way. The look is quaint, comfortable and vintage. It usually involves a soft color palette, soft textures and a graceful aesthetic.

    Cottage Chic Home Style

    Cottage chic chandelier style idea.

    One of the prettiest ways to dress up a cottage chic home is with elegant, transitional style chandeliers like this pretty living room above from Dreamy Whites.

    This charming look is not only perfect for your quaint home, but also for entertaining. Vintage chic weddings located in barns are very popular. They create a casual environment while still allowing everything to feel pretty. This space from Amy Neunsinger is a perfect example.

    Barn Style Entertaining

    Vintage chic barn style entertaining with a delicate chandelier.

    These chic spaces include chandelier styles that are never overdone, they're minimal and understated, like in this kitchen below from Harrison Design Associates.

    Grey Chandelier

    This Quorum La Maison Grey Chandelier features candelabra style lights, perfect for the vintage chic look.

    Vintage Style Kitchen

    Vintage style kitchen with chic lighting.

    There are some departures from the cottage chic decor that can lean toward "Victorian". This would include a darker color palette and elements that are not quite as delicate. For example, take a look at this living below from Amy Neunsinger.

    Shabby Chic Chandeliers

    For a more Victorian take on the cottage style, try this damask pattern chandelier or cage style chandelier.

    The darker wall color, slightly heavier furniture and lighting take this look from cottage to Victorian.

    Chic Living Room

    Chic style living room with Victorian feel.

    You can also style your outdoor patio with cottage chic decor. Take the bird cage style chandelier one step further since the outdoors is perfect for bird cages. This outdoor space from My Romantic Home is so pretty.

    Quorum Birdcage Chandelier

    This Quorum birdcage pendant light is perfect for a chic outdoor patio.

    Lots of pretty flowers and a little outdoor furniture make this location perfect for afternoon tea and relaxing with a good book.

    Vintage Chic Patio

    Chic patio with birdcage style chandelier.

    So, never give up your dreams of living in a doll house, it's quite possibly actually!

    Image credits: Sandy FosterDreamy WhitesAmy NeunsingerHarrison Design AssociatesAmy NeunsingerMy Romantic Home

Lighting & Interior Design Ideas Blog