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  • Bright Lighting For Gray Home Style

    Bright Lighting For Gray Interior Design

    Here's some tips for how to light gray interior design.

    While Marsala may be the color of the year, gray is still hot and lighting gray rooms can be tricky.

    Naturally, A Prefect Gray had perfect pictures for us to enjoy. I’m crazy for gray in its many forms and think of it as a neutral albeit tricky when implemented in already dark or quirky spaces. Gray can be moody or bright and crisp...it all depends on shade and lighting (pun intended).

    Crystal Chandelier

    The Chrome and Crystal 12-Light Chandelier is a timeless choice.

    Hanging crystal chandeliers can without a doubt brighten up a gray room and can look fabulous in an industrial room like the one above. The formality of the light fixture against the gray metal doors is quite inventive.

    Designer Wall Lights

    Looking for a modern version of an Art Decor light? Consider the Robert Abbey Antique Brass Alice Plug-In Double Wall Sconce.

    Tight gray spaces like a hall or nook can always benefit from beautiful wall sconces. I happen to love antique brass against gray walls like in these pictures.

    Lighter shades will naturally cast more light in a space and the addition of wall mirrors will reflect that light in smaller spaces. 

    Kitchen Lighting

    Keep things simple with the Pele White Glass Satin Nickel Tech Lighting Mini Pendant.

    Gray kitchens are still novel, but can look smashing if done right. If I design a gray kitchen I make sure there is plenty of natural light streaming in to offset the deep hue.

    Also, bright counters will help tame the richness of walls and cabinets and simple contemporary pendants or kitchen track lighting will create proper work and task lighting.

    Traditional Table Lamps

    The Couture Etienne Old World Gold Table Lamp is formal but can be sculptural in a contemporary room. 

    Not all table lamps are created equal, but all are totally useful. An eclectic gray space would benefit from decorative lamps.

    I love this gallery/bar vignette. It’s clearly a more formal spot intended to be enjoyed at night and thus the dark shade works perfectly while it balances the crisp black and white pictures.

    Photo credits: A Perfect Gray

  • Statement Kitchen Island Lighting

    Statement Kitchen Island Lighting Ideas

    Kitchen island lighting has the opportunity to create the 'wow' factor you're looking for.

    One of the first things people comment on when they walk into my kitchen is the lighting. A nod to my love of wine, two huge glass demijohns hang over the island.

    Glass Pendants For The Kitchen

    Pair two glass pendant lights over the kitchen island for designer style.

    When it comes to choosing kitchen island lights, I say, go big or go home!

    If you're in the market for something similar, here are some of my favorites from Lamps Plus:

    Glass Bottle Chandelier

    Glass Bottle Chandelier

    This huge glass chandelier is made with fifty two vintage glass bottles! It will definitely give your kitchen a 'wow' factor, while still being more understated than a crystal chandelier.

    Industrial Kitchen Lighting

    Industrial Kitchen Chandelier

    This sleek light comes complete with Edison bulbs and perfectly marries vintage and industrial styles. The rectangular shape makes it perfect for a kitchen island.

    Lantern Pendant Light

    Lantern Chandelier

    Picture two of these large lantern style pendants as the cherry hanging atop an island. The glass-less design gives these traditional lights an instant update.

    Gold Pendant Light

    Gold Glass Pendant

    Add a bit of bling with this gold foil pendant light which pairs perfectly with brass accessories or be daring and mix it with silver, pewter or bronze knobs and drawer pulls.

    Glass Flower Pendant

    Glass Flower Chandelier

    Glass blossoms would bring glamour to any kitchen, popping against a background of colorful cabinets.

    When it comes to choosing island lighting for your kitchen, have fun with it and don’t forget the fun 'wow' factor opportunity.

    Image credits: Eclectically Vintage

  • The Romantic Vintage-Inspired Closet

    With Valentine's Day around the corner, I am all over dreamy, romantic images with unobtrusive uses of blush pinks and floral accents. When I came across this image from House Beautiful I immediately knew I wanted to figure out how to recreate this look.

    This is the perfect, vintage-inspired dream closet. So you don't have to drool over this image much longer we will help you get the look below....!

    The real showstopper in both our inspiration image - and any room really - is a beautiful crystal chandelier. Specifically incorporating pink-tinted crystal lighting marries together vintage, romantic and feminine design in the most perfect way.

    If you're having trouble finding that perfect, Marie Antoinette chandelier at the flea market, a recreation of a vintage piece will do the trick! The small flower details on the Pink Flower and Crystal 20" Wide Chandelier make this the perfect focal point for creating your romantic closet oasis.

    Purple Upholstered Armchair A lady is always in need of a pretty place to sit while debating which pair of stilettos pair best with her fluffy white puppy. Tufting, two-tone pink, lavender damask and a hand carved wood frame make the Dobson Bouquet Dana Accent Chair a ladies new best friend. 

    With two major focal points in your new dream closet owning their pink tone, the rest of the room should be subtle and complimentary while still having a romantic, antique feel.

    Start off with the Meridian Cut Corner 26 3/4" x 35 1/2" Oval Wall Mirror to add some beautiful, art deco lines while antique mirror finishes add reflection to your space.

    Finding a nook for a Rose Gold Mirrored 4x6 Picture Frame or two featuring your loved ones is the perfect romantic touch. Plus - rose gold and true gold pair perfectly with pink without being overpowering.

    Lastly, some fresh flowers are the ultimate accessory for a romantic closet. Putting them in a white or ivory vase lets the color of the flowers pop and shine. I love the tiny floral detailing of the Flori Small White Ceramic Vase. Its a beautiful vessel for your daily picks!

    Image credit: House Beautiful

  • Glamorous Mirrors and Sconces in Bathrooms

    Years ago I traded a builder grade cabinet and bland overhead vanity light with an updated look in our hall bathroom and it's a medley you'll see over and over again in a designer space.

    The trick is simple: pair a modern mirror that suits the style of your home with a set of contemporary sconces flanking the mirror and you’ll achieve a fresh and fabulous look.

    Many builders in non-custom homes install frameless mirrors the width of the vanity because it is easy and inexpensive to do so but the look can leave a bathroom feeling far too ordinary without the shapes or accents that differentiate the space.

    Glamorous Mirrors and Sconces For Your Bathrooms

    Stylish mirrors and pretty sconces will easily update every bathroom.

    Consider a replacement such as a rustic wood mirror to add texture and cool chrome sconces for contrast.

    In this space above by Jennifer Worts Design, rustic wood appears on the vanity and in the mirror frames while contemporary chrome sconces and faucets add elegance. Get a similar look with the Gardere Wood Mirror and George Kovacs Chrome Wall Sconce.

    Classic Bathroom Style Ideas

    Classic style bathroom with scalloped mirror.

    A more traditional vanity with bun feet is enhanced by hanging a shapely scalloped mirror above it and adding two shiny silver sconces in a transitional style. Find similar pieces in the Kichler Silver Scallop Mirror and the Brushed Steel Sconce.

    Stylish Bathroom Design With Mirrors And Sconces

    Pairing beautiful mirrors and sconces for a stylish bathroom design.

    If you want the wow factor, seek out a mirror and sconces in contrasting but eye-catching shapes, both linear and curvaceous. This beautiful bathroom by Veranda Interiors shows just how beautifully they partner together. Capture the same stunning look with the Possini Midtown High Chrome Bar Light and the Lawson White MIrror.

    It's an easy way to have a modern bathroom with designer style, mix a stunning statement mirror with a pair of chic sconces in a style that both makes you happy and complements your home and you can't go wrong.

    Image credits: Jennifer Worts Design, Jute Home, Veranda Interiors

  • Tips For Cleaning Your Crystal Chandelier

    Crystal Chandeliers

    Over here at Lamps Plus, we're serious about our crystal chandeliers. We love giving tips regarding not only style, but maintaining that style.

    Below are tips on how to clean your chandelier so they stay shiny and dazzling!

    Chandelier Cleaning

    Our team provides everything you'll need to know in this You Tube video below. But to get you started, make sure you have the following:

    1. Step ladder

    2. Padding 

    3. Soft cleaning cloth

    4. Cleaning product

  • Valentine’s Day Rose Color Palette

    Valentine's Day Rose Color

    What is February 14 without a Valentine’s Day rose? I don’t mean the kind that withers and dies, rather the beautiful and soft dusty rose color palette found in home furnishings and elegant lighting.

    Candy and flowers are fine, but wouldn’t you rather express your love with something that lasts longer and is non-caloric? The New Victorian Ruralist, Marcus Design and The Enchanted Home had some dreamy images of pale rose that beckon.

    Pale Pink Decor

    Many people have a problem with the idea of dusty rose. For some it reminds them of a grandmothers apartment and for others some type of 1970s ensemble.

    May I dispel those notions?

    Look how soft and welcoming this color can be, especially in cashmere pillows and throws not to mention those romantic lamp shades. Pink colored replacement lamp shades are a great way to create a romantic mood in any room but also a wonderful way to add subtle color to a monochromatic space.

    Rose Colored Products

    This feminine bent may not be to everybody’s liking, however, when used sparingly it infuses a room with a subtle elegance.To me there is something so terribly Parisian about soft dusty rose-it creates a mood. So when somebody mentions pale or dusty rose as a design direction I urge you to give it chance...and not just for Valentine’s Day.


    Here are few ideas on how to introduce romantic dusty rose into your home.

    Pale Pink Home Accessories

    1. I love the marriage between modern lines and the romantic colored shade in the Lights Up! Zoe Rose Tweed Floor Lamp with Tray.

    2. The Pink Roses Giclee Brushed Steel Table Lamp is a playful way to introduce florals into a feminine bedroom.

    3. Create romance in the bathroom or dressing room with the Crystorama Angelina Blush Mini Chandelier.

    4. You can snuggle up in style with the Barley Pink Signature Cashmere Blend Throw Blanket.

    5. I daresay roses may look better in the Pisa Pale Pink Glass Trumpet Vase.

    Use this link to more  Romantic Ideas on Valentine's Day Decorating.

    Photos: The Enchanted Home, The New Victorian Ruralist, Marcus Design Inc.

  • Design Trend: Natural Elements

    Whether or not you're ready for it, pattern and color are celebrating a resurgence in current interior design trends. People are having fun with design and embracing new shapes, looks and eclectic styles.

    Something I'm majorly crushing on at the moment is the injection of natural materials in different applications. Geode and Agate are natural stones that have amazingly beautiful color and pattern that are dominating at the moment.  

    Let's dissect how to bring some Geode and Agate to your space.

    Geode and Agate

    Ideas for using natural elements in your home decor.

    The natural stone itself is so gorgeous, it lends itself to make a beautiful statement anywhere in your home. The first image from Better Homes and Gardens shows how to display Geodes in your home. Neutral tones, natural elements and rustic touches let the natural elements shine. Notice how grouping them in different shapes and sizes allows the natural movement and variation of each piece to stand out.

    Another creative way to incorporate the natural stone into your home decor is with this simple yet oh so chic floating bookshelf. Blood and Champagne shared this image that so simply brings the natural world inside. This is perfect for a small entryway or accent wall that needs a little bit of personality.

    Artistic Impression

    Art inspired by natural elements.

    These representations of the natural material is beautifully incorporated in this home decor above. Distinct wall art can either stand alone as a statement piece of can be combined with similar colors to really make a statement.

    The styled bar cart above from Pop Sugar is just the piece to add character and fun to any room in your house.

    Cover the Walls

    Stylish fireplace design with agate walls.

    There is one surefire way to make a supremely bold statement in your home - Agate walls! While this image above, from Shop Sweet Things, demonstrates the ultimate agate fireplace. The beauty of it is undeniable!

    Wallpaper pattern using natural elements as inspiration.

    On the other hand, if you don't want to break bank, but still want a wall of beauty, an agate or geode inspired wallpaper will definitely do the trick!

    This beautiful black and white bathroom from Decor Pad mixes natural materials with artistic agate wallpaper and I couldn't be more in love. A hanging wall mirror adds a simple reflection of the wild wallpaper without competing with it.


    Modern dining room design with agate wallpaper panels.

    In this midcentury dining room from Mix and Chic bold, large scale agate wallpaper is inlayed into the existing moulding. This is a cool, fun way to add pattern and color while still confining to the original details of the space. The neutral tones of the wallpaper function perfectly with the leather chairs and glass table.

    Image credits: Better Homes and Gardens, Blood and Champagne, Pop Sugar, Shop Sweet Things, Decor Pad, Mix and Chic

  • Sparkling Kitchen and Bath Sweepstakes

    Sparkling Kitchen and Bath Sweepstakes at Lamps Plus

    We're having a fun sweepstakes where all you have to do is share your favorite sparkling kitchen & bath products from our collection.

    You could WIN one of three $150 Shopping Sprees by just entering and receive additional entries when inviting friends! This is all done via our Facebook page, so head on over.....

    Enter DAILY for more chances to WIN!!

  • LED Desk Lamps: Why You Need One

    If you don’t have an LED desk lamp, here’s why you should.

    Desk lamps are work essentials. As an important part of your day-to-day, a desk lamp shouldn’t be overlooked with just any old light fixture you can pick up at an office supply store. And here’s why....

    Everyone Needs An LED Desk Lamp

    The warm glow from the Arts & Crafts styled LED desk lamps offer a traditional look for an office space.

    Save Money

    LED desk lamps are fiscally smart. Whether you work for a company or work for yourself, saving money is always rewarded and appreciated by the boss.

    LED desk lamps use at least 75% less energy than incandescent, produce less heat, and are more durable, according to Energy Star. And they are designed to work for 20+ years, and cost less to operate.

    Modern LED Desk Lamp

    LED Style

    LED desk lamps share your personality. Let’s face it. Even if you have the best of intentions, desks are cluttered with work to do, work that’s past due and work that we’ll just never do.

    In an effort to make more space, we’re often left with those functional items to express our individuality. Taking the time to select those functional items (stapler, pen, phone charger, desk lamp) in a style, color and materials that bring you joy will make the space around the piles a bit happier.

    LED Desk Lamps Can Be Space Efficient

    Some LED desk lamps are incredibly space efficient.

    Since LED desk lamps offer such a variety of styles, let’s talk style.

    An assumption that I encounter too frequently is that LED lamps are ‘space age’ looking and ‘way too modern.’ So true, and so false. There are LED desk lamps that are super sleek and modern, but there also are so many other styles from Arts & Crafts to aged industrial. Here's some examples of the variety...

    LED Desk Lamps From Lamps Plus

    1. Quoizel Whitney LED Mica Shade Bronze Desk Lamp

    2. Mr. N - Silver Accent LED Table Lamp by Koncept

    3. Theo Industrial Dark Bronze LED Desk Lamp

    4. Mighty Bright LUX Architect Brushed Nickel LED Desk Lamp

    So why not start the new year by saving money, while showing off your style with your new LED desk lamp?!

    Image credits: Lamps Plus

  • Functional and Stylish Floor Lamp Options

    functional-stylish-options

    When it comes to decorating, I'm all about the pretty.

    The style.

    The texture and color and pattern and hue and patina and how it fits into a room.

    The function?  Ummm....just between us....not so much.

    But this is a new year and a new style and I'm turning over a new decoration leaf. So when I went to shop for a new floor lamp, I was all about the function. I was intent on finding a task light for reading in the front room and I concentrated on the function and how it, basing my selection on what I was going to use it for.

    And I found it!

    And a little bit of pretty, along the way (but you knew I was going to say that).

    Here's some ideas for functional and stylish floor lamp options for your 2015 home, including some antique brass floor lamps.

    Tripod Floor Lamp

    I present to you the perfect blend of pretty and function with this wood surveyor tripod lamp.

    It looks like a lamp Lewis and Clark might have used when they surveyed the Louisiana Purchase. The legs are a beautiful wood with brass accents and the shade mimics the look of aged linen.

    The lamp would look perfect next to a pair of leather chairs in a library or study.

    Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp

    Hello beautiful.

    This antique brass pharmacy tripod floor lamp is so functional and yet it looks like a sculpture from a museum.

    The arm is adjustable as well, making it a perfect option for a multitude of tasks. The lamp would fit in perfectly, tucked into a reading corner in a bedroom or den.

    Brass Floor Lamp With Black Shade

    I thought of the little black dress the first time I saw this aged brass floor lamp.

    It stood out from all the others on the page. The clean contemporary lines and stylish accents update a space instantly.

    This floor lamp would blend perfectly with a variety of styles and trends.

    Adjustable Brass Floor Lamp

    The ultimate in form meets the ultimate in fashion with this adjustable brass floor lamp.

    No matter what the function, this lamp is up for the task. The beautiful brass patina and narrow shade would help to illuminate any room.

    Go ahead, transform your space with any or all of these functional and stylish lighting options. After all, this is the year for the perfect blend of beauty and utility.

    Photo credit:  Lonny Magazine

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