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Happy Black Friday! Isn't this is the time of year when you just crave being cozy? Think rich textures, wood-burning fireplaces, and knitted blankets. There are are a lot of home decor products that fall under the category of cozy - pillows, throws, and bedding, to name a few. But what about lighting? Do you ever really have the desire to curl up and read a good book - under a cold, chrome fluorescent pendant light?
I've been really inspired by natural materials in lighting lately - namely wood. Rough wood textures, smooth bark, and elegant veneers have a warmth and natural beauty that's hard to ignore. Here's a round up of some lovely wood lighting fixtures (totally on-trend this winter) that have caught my eye as of late:
Highly polished wood is so elegant, and contrasts beautifully with frosted glass and polished metals. Opt for woods with dark stain finishes, like walnut and mahogany, for that high-end, "luxury ski chalet in Vermont" look.
Playing up the natural form of branches and twigs is another modern twist on rustic wood lighting. The tripod base on this floor lamp has the feel of a tree bough with branches growing from it, and the playful resin base of this table lamp looks like a casually gathered bunch of twigs.
Wood lampshades have such a warmth and sophistication about them, especially when the grain of the wood takes center stage. If a gorgeous real wood veneer lampshade is a little outside your budget, a neat giclee style shade with a faux bois print will do the trick!
For more inspiration and ideas check out these past post on faux bois and wood grain style.
Lesley Myrick is an artist, designer, and adventurer with a love for short hairdos, French vanilla ice cream, leather jackets, and great typography. Hailing from Canada with British heritage and now living in sunny California, she's married to (and has a matching tattoo with) a devastatingly handsome American.
Her passions for interior design, collage art, and graphic design are the foundation of her multi-faceted career - by day she's a social media and interior design associate for Lamps Plus; and by night she's a collage artist and graphic designer. Visit her blog at lesleymyrick.com, where she doesn't usually write in third person. Follow Lesley on Google+