One of my favorite elements of our new loft home is our contemporary lighting.

It really is the cherry on top of your decor.

When we selected our "loft lights" we focused on a few key elements that I recommend everyone keep in mind.

Below are my top 3 contemporary lighting tips:

Contemporary Lighting in Loft

Unless you can customize all the overhead lighting in your home, which we as renters certainly cannot, you must create personality and atmosphere in your space through lighting. (You may have seen a sneak preview of our DIY chandelier a few months ago.)

If you've ever dropped by, you might have noticed that my husband and I have moved three times in the last year; first from Seattle and then into two different spots in San Francisco.

The new loft is not too small, it’s not too big. It’s just right and I'm so excited to reveal it! Take a peek at our bedroom and living room:

DIY Pendant Lighting by Erin Hiemstra

Erin Hiemstra's Contemporary Bedroom Lighting Tips

As promised here are my top 3 contemporary lighting tips:

Tip #1: Indirect Is Best

An abundance of lamps lets you create a warm and welcoming glow in your space, rather than be subject to a harsh glare.

Dot corners, hallways and bookcases with contemporary lamps and you'll be able to create the perfect ambiance.

Tip #2: Use Contemporary Lamps as a Statement-Maker

We selected the a contemporary floor lamp for the standout statement it would make in our living room. We loved the over-sized piece's twist on the standard arc lamp that you might expect to see in a modern space.

We found the super-sized option to be more playful and fun.

Tip #3: Mix and Match

Contemporary table lamps, like jewelry, are the ultimate accessory. You can use them to change the tone of any room. I played with different lamp styles all over the loft to give an organic feel to our design.

While each one selected fell within the general contemporary lighting style both serve to reinforce our relaxed, modern style. 

Images via Apartment 34.