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Classic black design is timeless whether in clothing, industrial design or interior design. Habitually Chic always has the most elegant images online that combine everything beautiful from home design to travel. When it comes to a sophisticated color, you can’t beat black.
There is a reason “Black Tie” embodies everything formal and elegant. Additionally, what woman doesn’t have the ever-popular little black dress?
Most rooms should always have some black to ground the space. Black furniture, accessories and lighting have a sense of permanence that most interiors require. It might seem unorthodox, but even stylish mini pendant lighting designs or bold wall mirrors in black are an easy way to incorporate the color with ease.
Like a great black belt or handbag, a punch of black adds energy and sometimes a touch of mystery, so don’t think of it as depressing or funereal... It’s actually fabulous.
I chose these images to give a literal sense of how black can aesthetically enhance every part of our daily lives. From the black night sky to the slick surface of a powerful sports car, black looks great in every application.
Here are some more intoxicating images of how black makes everything so much better. It’s all so sumptuous...I could get lost at that bar or in that richly textured scarf.
1. Architect Style Black Finish Adjustable Halogen Desk Lamp
2. Metro Black and White Pocket Wall Sconce
3. Artcraft Claremont Black Nickel Chandelier
4. Black Spindle Round Accent Table
5. Embroidered Circles Black Throw Pillow
6. Madison Slipcovered Monroe Parsons 24" Counter Height Chair
Image credit: Habitually Chic
I don't remember the first time I saw this lavender-accented living room, but I remember immediately loving it. It belongs to and was decorated by stylist, TV producer, and blogger, Ana Antunes, who lives here with her family. While it has a very Southern feel, they actually live in Lisbon, Portugal.
Let's take a closer look at how she put it together and why it works.
The pale robin's egg blue walls are soft and pretty and act as a slightly tinted neutral, thanks to the high ceilings and tall windows which seem to let in ample light. It's a subtle backdrop that lends just enough differentiation to set off the glossy white furniture and contrast with the bright aqua accessories.
While the chevron, zebra, and ikat prints provide strong pattern, they are done in monochromatic colorways to keep things simple. Those bold graphics, along with the clean lines of the furniture, are then softened with more feminine silhouettes like the French fauteuil and scalloped mirror.
Probably, what appeals to me most is the infusion of lavender. If you take a moment to study the image, you'll see that a little lavender goes a long way. The white chaise is topped with lavender seat and back cushions piped in white. Then, on the console, there's a lavender table lamp dressed with a mauve-y, lavender lamp shade. And that's it. With the inclusion of those two elements alone, the room goes from white and blue, to blue and lavender.
Are you ready to infuse some lavender into your room? Remember, all it takes is an accent or two. Use a lavender lamp shade accent color and a pair of pillows. After that, the merest hint is all you need, like the pretty lilac votive candle.
Start with a chevron rug, like Antune's, add a white sofa and accent table, some elements that shine, like mirrored tables and crystal chandelier, then sprinkle in some vibrant turquoise art and accessories.
1. Meridian Cut Corner Bronze Mirrror 2. African Violet Anya Table Lamp 3. White Ceramic Koi Fish Vase 4. Pewter Pineapple Lamp 5. White Lacquer Balbo Console Table 6. Calypso Crystal Bronze Chandelier 7. Sea Fan Art 8. Blue Lacquer Storage Box 9. Roux Mirrored Accent Table 10. Teal Chevron Rug 11. White Velvet Chaise Lounge 12. Purple Ikat Square Pillows 13. Eggshell Lattice Ceramic Accent Table 14. Faux Orchid in Ceramic Pot 15. Lavender & Chamomile Candle 16. Mallory Glass & Nickel Cocktail Table 17. Purple Ikat Lumbar Pillow
Image credit: Home Styling
Bar stools can sometimes be overlooked when choosing furniture and decor for your modern home, which typically lends toward a minimal aesthetic.
Typically found in the kitchen, contemporary bar stools are perfect for a kitchen bar. However, they tend to be more about function than decoration. With so many contemporary options on the market, you can now be sure to choose a bar stool that works perfectly with your decor!
1. Set of 2 Zuo Wire Chrome Finish Bar Chairs 2. Arteriors Home Wyndham Natural Wax Swivel Bar Stool 3. Set of 2 Zuo Logic Gray Fabric Barstool 4. Mid-Century Modern Wishbone White Wood Y Stool 5. Chloe Set of 2 Acrylic and Chrome Counter Stools 6. Arteriors Home Calvin Black and White Barstool 7. Bermuda 25" High White Swivel Counter Stool 8. Set of 2 Zuo Modern Darwen 30" High White Bar Stools 9. Bergen Chrome and White Adjustable Bar Stool 10. Kaffina Adjustable Black and Wood Barstool 11. Joffrey Adjustable White and Walnut Barstool 12. Balboa Midnight Gray Stool
Contemporary bar stools are one of those pieces of furniture that you end up using a lot more than you realize you will, so be sure to invest in something you love, preferably with designer styling...
Image credit: Lamps Plus
After the start of the year there is always the desire to give our homes a sprucing up or a reinvention of our tired interior decor into a home that is welcoming and feels refreshed.
Whether you decide to bring in new textiles to adorn your couch or you add a new accent colored wall, there is nothing that provides more impact than modern lamps for illuminating your space.
The biggest challenge is determining what lamp will fit your design style and room the best! Here are some inspiring tips for using modern lamps from large to small as a way to reinvent your tired interiors and breathe new life into corners you forgot about.
Consider clean lines when choosing modern lighting:
The beauty of contemporary lamp fixtures is that they come in a variety of colors, heights, profiles and decorative finishes to match any design style.
When choosing the right modern lamp, turn to linear profiles that feature minimal ornamentation and embody a modernist feel. Whether you enjoy a minimalist feel with a strict geometrical aesthetic or you enjoy a slight curve in your lamp – play up the design in your interiors.
Choose desk and table decor, chairs and furnishings to mimic the same characteristics. The Teardrop 21" High Brushed Steel Table Lamp is a gorgeous example from Lamps Plus.
Modern lamps with a hint of retro styling:
Let’s face it, many modern lamps have glimpses of retro styling but they have reinvented themselves with modern appeal. For example a retro styled bedside table lamp with a modern fresh green color is a great way to still bring a contemporary edge to your bedside table like this one from Niche Interiors.
Another hint when choosing modern lamps is to go for a lampshade that commands a presence. In these last few years we’ve been seeing great geometric patterns, wide, tall and drum lampshades that are nods from the 60’s and 70’s when lamp shades made a statement in the home.
Take advantage of modern lamps that are artwork too:
It’s amazing how modern lamps can create a focal point within your room and create movement around a lighting fixture. If you love floor lamps why not add a striking one beside your favorite couch or armchair.
Contemporary floor lamps are great because they can fit virtually anywhere and can double as artwork and decoration, all at the same time. This M.A.P. Interiors floor lamp captures your eye immediately. Doesn't it command your attention?
This season as you are wondering how to transform your interiors, why not look to a modern lamp? Whether you choose a minimalist or contemporary design or you decide to have a retro lamp , there’s a modern lamp waiting for your interiors!
Try some of these ideas and you may find yourself switching out more than just one lamp in your cozy abode.
Image credits: Lamps Plus, Niche Interiors, M.A.P. Interiors
In January, the landscape is bathed in Winter white as we await the blooms of Spring. It’s at this time that we crave more pale hues for interior design... Those hints of blush, mint, or icy blue that provide a dose of color and complement a home’s neutral palette.
Pale pink is a feminine shade but it’s not just for little girl’s rooms. Instead, pull touches of pink into a sophisticated space for a romantic aesthetic, incorporating cotton or silk textiles in florals or geometrics along with colored glass accessories.
Dressy Rose White Pleated Shade Ovo Table Lamp / Marilyn 18" Square Light Pink Floral Throw Pillow / Small Tiffany Style Glass Vase / Riddle 20" Wide Pink Lumbar Pillow / Colonial Mills Silhouette SL25R Blush Pink Area Rug / Chesterfield Pink Shell Tone Decorative Throw Blanket
Blue is a go-to color for anyone who desires a serene space. Softer shades of blue are relaxing and calm, perfect for bedrooms or living spaces in soothing hues reminiscent of sky and sea.
Harper 29" Wide Ice Blue Glass Chandelier / Uttermost Venosa 35" High Rustic Decorative Wall Mirror / Uttermost Girata Twisted Ceramic Blue Glaze Table Lamp / Robert Abbey Harvey Baby Blue Glazed Ceramic Table Lamp / Bahari 18" Square Embroidered Blue Linen Throw Pillow / Waves Collection Blue/Ivory Shag Area Rug
Seafoam and mint green are colors that were popular in the 1950s and celadon and sage in the 1990s, but these pale green hues never went out of style. Modern uses are fresh and fabulous when the surrounding decor includes elegant shapes in classic furnishings.
Spring Circles Rectangular Outdoor Throw Pillow / James Hexagonal Mint and Cherry Accent Table / Celadon Signature Cashmere Blend Waterwave Throw Blanket / Mamie Fluted Celadon Glass Contemporary Console Lamp / Taylor Sage Indoor/Outdoor Doormat / Robert Abbey Celadon Triple Gourd Ceramic Buffet Lamp
Radiant orchid was named Pantone’s color of the year for 2014 and all shades of pale purple from lilac and lavender will play a larger role on the design scene. It’s a glamorous hue especially when paired with mirrored pieces together with white furniture and pretty walls.
Grape Harvest Narrow Zig Zag Plug-In Swag Pendant / Scallop Art Glass Amethyst Fragranced Candle / Plum Abstract II 25 1/4" High Framed Giclee Wall Art / angelo:HOME Lily Lavender YoYo Accent Chair / Plum Dandy Lido Floor Lamp / Surya 18" Square Lavender Throw Pillow
Take a cue from these designers who are embracing pale hues. They will translate into an airy elegant space that will look lovely for years to come.
Image credits: Lovejoy Designs, Elle Decoration, Tobi Fairley, At home in Arkansas, Belmont Design Group, Traditional Home, Better Homes & Gardens, Adore Magazine
Modern, yet somehow classic at the same time, our stunning 'Essa' chrome and crystal pendant chandelier is truly like no other. From our Vienna Full Spectrum line, the contemporary, diamond shape fixture is available in large, small and mini sizes, offering beauty, elegance, style and illumination. The 22" wide Essa, pictured below, is perfect for smaller formal dining rooms or a bedroom.
Luxurious, large crystals adorn the glistening chrome frame. With sixteen 40 watt bulbs on this glam fixture, the reflected and refracted light through the crystal facets brings modern elegance to any space.
Great light fixtures, like elegant crystal chandeliers, are a design asset that is often overlooked - but the impact they add to an interior should not be ignored! A modern chandelier brings an unexpected touch of glamour.
The beautiful Vienna Full Spectrum Essa Chandelier is also available in a 31.5 inch width to accommodate a large dining room or bedroom and as 12 in wide size mini pendant light to add splendor to any room. This chrome and crystal pendant chandelier will definitely bring the drama and will be the finishing touch on your decor.
Design Dossier is our monthly series where we share highlights of some of Lamps Plus’ most popular, unique, and interesting lighting choices straight from our showrooms.
As most of the country struggles with Polar Vortexs and snow storms, January can feel like an eternity. Staying warm and stealing cozy moments can be all it takes to get through the dead of winter, looking forward to inevitable temp surges and springs return.
Here we're serving up a swoon-worthy fireplace roundup, including the above image from Interior Walls, to not only warm your mind and soul, but to also ignite your inner design embers.
This cozy cabin fireplace from The Style Files is a perfect mix of modern lines and approachable, comfortable furnishings. The large black floating mantle and hearth add a modern edge to this rustic fireplace.
This gorgeous floating concrete fireplace from Let me be Inspired has an industrial edge that is softened by beautifully worn vintage furniture. If you have a modern house don't get intimidated to incorporate furniture and accessories from different style genres to warm up your look.
This über traditional fireplace from French Elle is beautifully contrasted with modern sculptural art. The black and white palette makes this fireplace vignette cool, interesting and sophisticated.
This chic, Spanish style fireplace from Randomitus is the perfect spot to plop down on an oversized floor pillow. Minimal decor lets this fireplace really shine.
This bold, beautiful brass lined fireplace is a statement piece from Douglas Mackey, but the real focal point is the gorgeous emerald artwork that accents the brass and the lines of the fireplace.
This cute floating stove fireplace from Houzz is the perfect punch of warmth to sustain through the winter months. Flanked with two modern wing chairs this little stove fireplace is a good idea for people in smaller spaces.
And when those cold months start to fade away and cool nights linger, a classic, poolside fireplace like this one from Architectural Digest is the perfect spot for dusk gatherings that turn into late night hangouts.
What fireplace would you love to cozy up to this winter?
Image Credits: Interior Walls, The Style Files, Let me be Inspired, Elle, Randomitus, Douglas Mackey, Houzz, Architectural Digest
Bedroom lighting comes in many forms and is worth considering in a thoughtful way, especially as we spend 1/3 of our lives asleep!
Like most rooms in the house, it’s a good idea to layer your lighting as we tend to do multiple things in our bedroom...beyond sleeping. Lonny Magazine has a wide range of beautiful images of bedrooms. From traditional to contemporary and everything in between, these images show the many ways beautiful bedroom lighting enhances a room.
When it comes to layering, think about general lighting as well as task lighting. General lighting can be achieved by hanging a beautiful pendant light on the ceiling while task lighting is usually found as swing arm wall lights or table lamps on bedside tables or dressers. Even clip on lights for reading is a great idea.
1. Robert Abbey Odelia Clear Glass Black Shade Table Lamp 2. Doughnut Collection Deep Patina Bronze Wall Lamp
Modern bedroom lights should be simple and clean.
Clear glass lamps are a great option if you can’t mount sconces or if you rent and can’t drill into the walls.
Square or geometric shades and industrial materials should be your aesthetic guide when it comes to this look.
3. Felicity Modern Chrome Pendant Light 4. Feiss Stylus Nickel and Crystal Table Lamp (currently unavailable)
Glamorous bedrooms should be covered in bling. Think crystal, mercury glass and chandeliers. If it shines, it’s glam.
This look is very romantic and replicates the look of Hollywood glamour.
5. Wildwood Celadon Classic Urn Table Lamp 6. Triple Pivot Plug-In Swing Arm Wall Lamp
Traditional bedroom lighting follows the same functionality as any other style but is a tad more timeless and cozy.
Antique brass is always chic when it comes to the classic bedroom, as are urn-shaped table lamps and curved lamp shades with fringe.
Images credit: Lonny
From art prints to lighting, upholstery to tablewares, faceted and geometric home accents are having a moment. And for good reason! With their mix of clean lines and playful personality, geometrics make a modern interior statement that is at once versatile and memorable.
Faceted table lamps, as seen above on The Marion House Book and Lamps Plus, are a quick and easy way to get today's geometric look in your own space.
When choosing a contemporary table lamp with a geometric design, think of it as an eye-catching accent as well as a source of illumination. In other words, feel free to explore a little outside your comfort zone!
Try a striking metallic finish like silver or gold. Explore textures like marble, stone, and wood.
As for styling tips, incorporate your lamp into a quirky vignette (above top, A Beautiful Mess, and below, Lamps Plus) or let it stand alone on a nightstand (above bottom, via Arkpad). By itself or part of a mix, geometric lighting has major impact!
Shopping Guide: 1. Wood Cube Lamp 2. Geometric Ceramic Lamp 3. Marble Block Table Lamp 4. Geometric Gold Lamp 5. Geometric Wood Table Lamp
Image credits: The Marion House Book, Lamps Plus, A Beautiful Mess, Arkpad, Lamps Plus
I have been working on a design project that has me on a quest for industrial lighting. You know....the kind of lighting that combines rustic with vintage and metal with clean simple lines.
The kind of lighting that might have hung in a factory 100 years ago....like these beautiful lights featured recently in Residence Magazine.
Industrial lighting.....it's calling my name. And so....in no particular order....here are my top seven industrial lighting picks for 2014.
Wide Chrome Pendant Light
Perfect for over a sink in an industrial style kitchen....this light pairs the best of two worlds. It features a modern aesthetic combined with the vintage styling. Two of these lights would make a tun statement piece over a kitchen island or dining table.
Antique Nickel Accordian Lamp
Here.....function meets style. With its extendable arm and functional vitality, this lamp is an excellent choice for an industrial style bedroom. Hung over a side table, the vintage styling and clean lines will enhance any decor.
Industrial Silver Wall Sconce
Looking like it stepped right from the pages of a turn-of-the-century catalog, this silver wall scone brings elegant and functionality to any room.
Attached to the wall with a metal plate, the clear glass fixture says vintage with style. Combine a pair of these sconces with an aged silver mirror to create a one-of-a-kind look for a mantel or empty wall space.
Edison Bulb Accent Lamp
This lamp is perfect for a reading room or library. It features a vintage style bulb with seeded glass and a metal base. Pair it with vintage books and a metal armillary for a simple side table vignette.
Metal Cage Light
Go industrial vintage with style! This hanging pendant is the perfect accessory for a laundry room or mud room. Featuring three Edison style bulbs, the light also comes with metal extension rods that adjust to any height.
Wide Broad Pendant Light
Hello gorgeous! This light is beautiful as well as functional, featuring six vintage bulbs encased in a classic industrial cage design. The size and luminosity make it a perfect choice for a dining room or family room.
Industrial Cage High Ceiling Light
This is the winner. This is the light I chose for the project I was working on. Simple and functional, this light fixture updates the room with it's classic lines and industrial aesthetic.
So what's your choice? Which one would you choose to update your room? It's hard to pick....I know..
Turn-of-the-century industrial lighting.....
.....welcome to 2014.
Image credit: Residence Magazine