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  • Bathroom Vanity Lighting

    Bathroom Vanity Lighting

    Bathroom vanity lighting is key to a well-designed bathroom. The House of Turquoise blog had some great images of bathrooms with semi-custom lighting that is approachable and easy to emulate.

    The great thing about vanity light bar lighting is that it’s easy to update and increase your bathroom lighting with little effort. Swapping out a single-bulb light above your sink to a light bar with multiple lights will visually expand the size of your loo and ensure you never miss an inch when it comes to grooming needs.

    Coastal Bathrooms

    Traditional style bathrooms look great with replacement vanity lights. Today’s designs can keep a consistent, authentic look while offering modern functionality and proper illumination.

    Don’t forget to be mindful of how new lights will affect and reflect on your mirrors. Whether you have round or rectangular mirrors, gauging size and light coverage is important, especially if your mirrors open!

    Traditional Bathroom Lights

    Light bars can also function as sconces provided you have the space, as they have done in the bottom left image.

    I love the double shade light. The three-light light bar seems to be one of the more popular over-the-sink model as it acts as both an overhead light and sconce in one. The beauty is that it only requires one outlet making install a much easier proposition.

    Bathroom Lighting

    1. The George Kovacs Cubism Chrome LED Bath Light has a decidedly Art Deco flair.

    2. The no-fail transitional look can be achieved with the Hendrik Nickel Bathroom Light Fixture.

    3. Modern bathrooms will surely benefit from the clean lines in the George Kovacs Chrome ADA Bathroom Light.

    4. Try the Downtown Edison Brushed Nickel Bathroom Light for country style and modern farmhouse bathrooms.

    Photo credits: The House of Turquoise

  • Make a Style Statement with Kitchen Lighting

    Kitchen Style

    If you're looking to transform a lackluster kitchen but don't want to undertake a full renovation, installing new kitchen lighting is a quick way to give an unimaginative space a fresh new personality.

    For example, as this scene from Apartment Therapy demonstrates, an exposed bulb pendant can lend basic cupboards and countertops an industrial vibe. Some great options for getting this look include:

    1. A bronze pendant with an iron framework has a hand wrought vibe.

    2. This seeded glass pendant brings a vintage sensibility to the kitchen. 

    3. Inject harmony with a pleasing rounded glass pendant that echoes the curve of its bulb.

    4. The chain suspension of this glass mini pendant adds a layer of visual interest.

    Kitchen Pendants

    If you want to create a more modern look, Dustjacket Attic demonstrates how impactful mini pendant lights for the kitchen can be. Here are some of my favorite picks:

    1. A contemporary pendant gets a touch of warmth from its hammered copper lining.

    2. Add drama to your kitchen with the sultry silhouette of this metal pendant.

    3. Try a black pendant with brass trim for an extra luxe presence.

    4. An elegant and versatile bell shaped pendant suits nearly any space.

    Organic Style Kitchen

    Finally, lighten and brighten a drab kitchen with a coastal bohemian vibe like that on Camille Styles. Give these textured pendants a try:

    1. A rustic shade contrasts with the silver finial of this burlap pendant.

    2. This mini pendant is made from woven twine for an unusual, eye-catching effect.

    3. Bring the beach into the kitchen with a rattan light fixture.

    4. Tailored trim gives this wicker pendant a finished look.

    Whatever your kitchen style, new lighting makes it easy to get a completely different look!

    Image credits: Apartment TherapyDustjacket AtticCamille Styles

  • Choosing The Right Desk Lamp

    Desk Lamps

    Most of us have home offices but rarely think of having a stylish desk lamp. My guess is that it probably came from a big box store or is a leftover from college.

    If you think about the sheer number of hours you spend at a desk, why wouldn’t you invest in a functional and beautiful desk lamp? Depending upon the size and style of your desk and office, you should give serious consideration to illuminating your work space.

    Task Lighting

    1. Black and Chrome Piano Desk Lamp 2. Architect Style Black Finish Adjustable Halogen Desk Lamp

    Two of the more classic desk lights are the timeless piano lamp and adjustable table lamp. What’s so great about these lamps are their functionality and brilliant task lighting capabilities. Whether you go for them in a black finish or polished chrome, the look will never go out of style.

    Stylish Table Lamps

    3. Arteriors Home Dru Geometric Sphere Modern Table Lamp 4. Conrad Modern Wood Table Lamp

    High style designer lamps can also look great on desks. If your work load is a tad lighter at home, you may wish to focus more on flair than function.

    You can really make an office “decorator done” if you coordinate the lighting to your design scheme. Here are two wonderful examples of a more mid century look below and a sophisticated urban scheme above.

    Metal Desk Lamps

    5. Square Base Solid Brass Piano Lamp in Satin Nickel 6. Robert Abbey Kinetic Antique Brass Pharmacy Desk Lamp

    Some desk lighting, like the one above, have a retro deco feel that reminds me of a classic 1930's movie, while other offices would rather not sacrifice surface space and opt for a floor lamp that can function just as well as a table top version provided you have an appropriate light bulb.

    Regardless of your home office needs, make sure your lighting is stylish and bright... A perfect recipe for staying focused on the task at hand.

    Photo credits: Lonny

  • Layering Tips for Comfortable Rooms

    Design Tips

    You’ve got the basics in place... Comfy sofa, big screen TV, table to rest your cocktail and hold the remote, but somehow the space feels cold and incomplete.

    Learn the art of layering - mixing your own unique combination of objects - and you will instantly add seemingly effortless style to your home.

    Bedroom Style


    Strive for a pleasing balance, not perfect symmetry. Vary heights, textures, sizes. A few well chosen home textiles and accessories like the ones on this bedside table add depth and interest.

    Group Similar Things

    Display favorite collections together for maximum impact. Mix it up by using props like books to add height and interest.

    Styling Shelves


    A little shine from a wall mirror, mini pendant or something metallic helps keep things looking light and airy.

    Living Room Design


    Unusual or one of a kind pieces will stand out and add interest. This collection of guitars adds personality, texture and drama.

    Modern Living Room


    Plants add interest to any style and help break up hard edges of furniture filled rooms.

    Remember to build layers within your rooms for comfort and style.

  • On-Line Interior Design Services at Lamps Plus

    When you think of interior design services, you probably think about someone coming to your home and paying them a lot of money to help you style your home. Although this is true in most cases, it's not the only way to get design help for your home.

    Interior Design Services

    Vintage Style Furnishings

    We have a great design resource for you on our website called "Shop by Trend" where we provide different rooms in different styles and then provide a product selection so you can achieve the same look.

    And as you already know, we also have a design blog, Style Illuminated which is essentially free interior decorating services at your fingertips.

    So take your pick, we've got all the design tips and advice you'll ever need!

    Cottage Retreat Design Style

    Cottage Style Furnishings

    So, if you're looking for design help, but lack the budget to pay expensive interior designer's fees, then stop by our design blog and trend shopping page.

    Have a great weekend everyone!

    Images: Lamps Plus

  • Choosing The Right Make Up Mirror

    Make Up Mirror Ideas

    Besides the kitchen, the bathroom should feature the most functional design of your home. This means having wall mirrors yes, but for the ladies out there, make up mirrors are a wonderful addition to the morning routine. 

    Wall mounted make up mirrors are the most efficient when it comes to counter space, but there's lots of styles out there depending on your needs.

    Vanity Mirror

    Cordless LED Lighted Pivoting 7" Wide Vanity Mirror 

    If you have plenty of counter space, this cordless lighted make up mirror would work just fine for those little details that help every woman feel prettier. The clean metal finish won't detract from stylish design, like in the bathroom above from Mark Williams Design.

    Modern Bathroom

     Hardwire Vanity Mirror

    Polished Nickel 9" Wide LED Hardwire Vanity Mirror

    The wall mounted style is great when you don't have as much counter space, or you have a lack of seating. This bathroom above from Dyna Contracting, features all the lighting and mirrors you could ever want in a bathroom. Very functional, yet really stylish.

    Wall Mirrors

    If you like larger wall mirrors when you're getting ready for the day, but lack the detailed lighting, then try a make up mirror like this one above. Bathroom design from Tanya Schoenroth.

    Lighted Wall Mirror

    Destiny 25 3/4" Square 2-Light Vanity Mirror

    Whichever your style or your needs, there's a mirror out there for you to help you start and end your day right.

    Image credits: Tanya SchoenrothDyna ContractingMark Williams Design

  • The Allure of Crystal Lighting

    Crystal Lighting

    Fancy crystal is back in vogue. The allure of crystal lighting has been fashionable since the 17th century and goes in and out of style with the general public, except for old, patrician families that never seem to redecorate.

    Thankfully, the sexy sparkle of crystal lighting is hot and can be introduced as a divine lighting source in every room, nook and cranny. 

    Crystal Chandeliers

    Murray Feiss Gianna Scuro Bronze Chandelier

    The most obvious choice in crystal lighting is the classic chandelier. Crystal chandeliers are usually the main light source in the dining room, however, these quality light fixtures are starting to make themselves better-known in the living room and bedroom as well.

    Crystal creates a sense of romance along with sparkling light, so bedrooms can be the ultimate chandelier location. While romantic in nature, crystal need not appear fussy or too granny. Keeping the walls white and introduce a crisp window treatment like the simple roman shades above will keep the room modern yet still traditional.

    Crystal Sconces

    Murray Feiss Dutchess Silver Wall Sconce

    Crystal sconces are another way to add sparkle to most rooms. I love when sconces flank a fireplace and a mirror in the bathroom. Sconces are a wonderful way to go a touch traditional without full commitment.

    Like chandeliers, crystal sconces can compliment modern furnishings, like the modern leather daybed in the lower right image.

    Crystal Fixtures

    3. Crystorama Chloe Brass Ceiling Light Fixture 4. John Richard French Girandole Tall Crystal Table Lamp

    Crystal lighting is also fabulous in close to ceiling fixtures that look great in halls, bathrooms and closets.

    This is a great option if you have lower ceilings and still want the look of crystal. I bet you never thought crystal could look amazing on designer lamps? Live in a rental and can’t install mounted fixtures? The romantic crystal light can be found in tabletop lamps and thus offer the same amount of glamour in a portable form. 

    Photos: The Zhush, Style at Home.

  • Make Your Home Happy With White Ceiling Fans

    Ceiling Fans

    There's nothing better in the Summer months than to sit under a ceiling fan and cool down from the day's activities.... Are we right? However, many people don't like the look of ceiling fans.

    We have a perfect solution for those of you who crave that cool breeze overhead, but don't want a heavy-looking fan as part of your ceiling design. Try a white ceiling fan! They blend seamlessly into any room design, like in this living room above designed by Catalyst Architects.

    Bedroom Design

    Living rooms, bedrooms and kids room all need a method of cooling down in warm weather without having to blast the air conditioner and waste energy. White ceiling fans can help accomplish this without distracting from the pretty design.

    For example, this bedroom design by Laura Hay does a wonderful job of maintaining the clean white aesthetic all the way up to the ceiling.

    Kids Room Style

    Especially in a room with lots of stylish distractions, like the wallpaper paired with toys in this kids room designed by Heather Merenda, white ceiling fans are the perfect addition to provide a cool element.

    Image credits: Catalyst Architects, Laura Hay Decor & Design, Heather Merenda

  • Dorm Room Lighting

    So your teen is off to college in just a few short weeks! No doubt you're assembling all the things he or she will need for his or her residency in the dorms: bedding, toiletries, study supplies, they are all necessities but your freshman will also need quality lighting fixtures, those that are permanent enough to feel like home for that nine month period but temporary enough to easily move on once spring semester is over.

    Plug in lighting is a must as hard wiring is not an option. For teens in dorms there are three kinds of lighting that will maximize their ability to study past sunset and also allow for both style and function. A stylish plug in pendant that can be plugged into a wall and suspended with a hook over a bed or desk provides ambient lighting for late night reading or studying. 

    Dorm Room

    Girls will love the glamour of the Kaia Frosted Beads Plug in Swag Pendant or the botanical beauty of the Floral Fun Giclee Swag Chandelier. The dudes can add a masculine touch to their dorm with a modern Chain Link Plug In Chandelier or a Chestnut Swag Plug In Chandelier.

    Plug In Pendant

    Students who study into the night and prep for upcoming exams need a quality desk lamp to analyze and memorize hypothesis and facts. A memo board in addition to a task lamp keeps mementos nearby and reminders in plain view.

    Desk Style
    The Mighty Bright LED Steel Desk Light adds color and function to a desktop, while the Gooseneck Brushed Nickel Desk Lamp is a subtle and sleek alternative for long nights spent absorbing new subjects.

    The Perch Gloss Orange Desk Lamp injects vivid color to a dorm desktop and the flexible Z Bar LED Desk Lamp, in multiple finishes, adjusts for illumination around books and study materials.

    Desk Lamps

    Late night study groups are common in dorm rooms, your teen can set the mood with whimsical or colorful plug in lighting for those long chat and study sessions.

    Lantern String Party Lights set the scene! A girl's dorm gets a botanical feminine touch by adding Lotus Flower String Lights; spark a Star Wars conversation with R2D2 String Lights.

    Your teen's dorm room outlets allow them to install temporary fixtures to meet their lighting needs. With unique plug in options, they're free to express their personality!

    Image credits: Lamps Plus, The Happy Home Blog, The Glitter Guide

  • How to Brighten Up Your Bedroom Lighting

    If you have been craving a change lately in your bedroom but don't quite know where to start, lighting may just be the perfect place. Good lighting is something small and simple that can make a serious impact on the overall design and look of your bedroom.

    The below images from Architecture Art Design will hopefully inspire you to try something fresh and new with your own lighting, such as a new bedroom lamp.

    This ultra chic, black and white bedroom goes to show just how amazing bedroom wall lamps can reinvent the style of any bedroom. Mounting large, industrial swing arm bedroom wall lamps saves space on your nightstand while a painted faux headboard with air plants is the perfect illusion to add depth and texture.

    This small bedroom packs a big punch with mixed patterns and styles that all work perfectly together. These structural nightstand table lamps bring a harder edge to the delicate glass nightstands, while the minimal and modern ceiling pendant draws your eye up without weighing down the room.

    If you are a lover of everything creamy and dreamy and neutral, this stylish bedroom is for you. The mixture and layering of textures is what makes this monochromatic bedroom palette so successful, from the knotty throw to the glittering accent pillows to the rugged oversized nightstand lamps.

    Bold pops of red and graphic patterns make this smaller bedroom feel larger than life. Hardwired, industrial wall lamps save space and add dimension to a smaller room, leaving your nightstands with room for the essentials.

    How will you update your bedroom lighting?

    Image credits: Architecture Art Design

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