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Points of View on Lighting Fixtures

There are two opposite point of views on the role of lighting fixtures in home design exists. The first point is tightly connected with prioritizing a functional element in design and architecture. Followers of this point of view are sure that lighting fixtures have to be purely practical, barely visible, and not decorative. They believe that light is beautiful by itself and it is just the matter of precise placement of lighting fixtures with regards to layout and function of the space.

The second point of view is absolutely opposite. Disciples of the second point of view agree that light is beautiful by its nature, but this doesn't mean that you can't add to it's magical glow. Moreover, there are thousands of ways to enhance lighting, known by artisans and designers.

If you share the second point of view our extensive collection of lighting fixtures will definitely grab your attention. The past few years have proved to be a designers and decorators dream as lighting fixtures have become more decorative. From nostalgic reproductions to architecturally inspired designs, there are models of lighting fixtures to suit any look in the form of table and floor fixtures, wall sconces, chandeliers, ceiling lighting fixtures, fixtures for indirect lighting, and novelty type. We offer a wide selection of lighting fixtures to catch everyone's imagination. To create a sophisticated look you should combine more than one type of lighting fixtures. Avoid matched pairs of lighting fixtures, such as identical table lamps at either side of the sofa. Try to coordinate your lighting fixtures, not match them. For more interest select your lighting fixtures in different, but coordinated finishes. For example, table lamps in antique brass finish can be complimented in the same room with chandelier or wall sconces finished in antiqued gold leaf.

Moving far beyond the purely practical, by using our lighting fixtures imaginatively you can create dynamic visual statements, enhance mood and atmosphere, alter color and emphasize texture. When balanced with shadow, lighting adds subtlety and excitement, tranquility and mystery.

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Balanced Home Lighting

A well balanced lighting scheme is made up of three key lighting types: a flattering general light, task lighting that performs a functional purpose, and feature lighting that can put displayed objects in the spot light. It is the use of a variety of lighting sources at different intensities that gives a home define character. The quality of lighting we live in affects our well being. It is scientifically proven that we learn quicker and work better in warm lighting, and relaxing better with dim lighting. All of these are consideration points to the importance of home lighting.

Today's home interiors are not only a thoughtful combination of architectural forms and decorative elements, but lighting has become an integral part of home design. Home lighting plays a very significant role in the overall look and feeling of the home. With the help of lighting fixtures we can accent different areas, define functional spaces, and visually improve a flow of the living space.

With different lighting the same room can drastically change appearance. Some professionals can base whole interior design on lighting alone. There are endless possibilities of incorporating lighting fixtures into the home interiors, and interior designers are constantly coming up with innovative solutions, transforming rooms using lighting. For example, using paintable wall lighting fixtures that direct light upwards you can add a soft ambiance to a room. You can also customize the look of this type of fixtures to meet your decorating needs by painting or faux finishing them. Another example of popular lighting effects used by interior designers is a ceiling highlights. Using specially designed crown molding for indirect lighting where light concealed inside the molding diffusing light upwards. This type of lighting not only create a beautiful affect but visual lifts up the ceiling, making it appear higher.

Lighting should be flexible. Take into account the various activities that will take place in a room: reading, game playing, TV watching, sewing, conversation, cocktail sipping. Think about your personal visual comfort. Overhead illumination may provide minimum level lighting requirements and general lighting distribution. Decorative lighting can meet specific lighting needs—over a chair or in a nook—independent of overall needs. Decorative lighting can also impart an atmospheric effect. It is unnecessary to turn on all the lamps in a room at one time.

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luxury living room decor with crystal lamp sand gorgeous Swarovski crystal chandelier; interior by Whitehall; photo by Gabrielle Humberstone;

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What a gorgeous scene! Subtle gray wall color creates a perfect background for the life to take place in this lavish Greek revival dining room. The paneled walls and well scaled crown molding add rhythm and structure to a room. I love the way bow and tassel motif candle sconces flank the door opening. Generously embellished by sparkling crystals, the Louis XVI style crystal chandelier is a crowning glory of the room.

I love the flexibility of lighting in this dining room. From formal dinner gathering under the gorgeous chandelier to romantic dinner for two accompanied by the flickering glow of the candle sconces, or a cozy family meal highlighted by the warm lighting from the lamps, this dining room can have it all.

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Lighting Fixtures Location

There is no hard fast rules in regards to location of particular types of lighting fixtures. Professionals can only recommend to follow certain general rules of home lighting design. For instant, in the hallways, walkways and other parts of the home where is a consistent need of lighting, it is the best to use a lighting fixtures that will provide a general lighting (ceiling lighting fixtures, chandeliers).

Home entrance lighting. The entry is the first room encountered when arriving, and the last when departing. The correct lighting makes it as beautiful as the rest of your home. Let your entry set the mood for what's to be found deeper within your home. Use lighting to accent your favorite pieces of art, visually expand the entry space, lead the eye, and make your guests feel at home.

Living room lighting. The living room is a gathering place for family and friends that has to accommodate groups of people with warmth, comfort and style. Your lighting can help. In the living room along with lighting fixtures for general lighting also use lighting fixtures that provide a functional and localized for a particular activity lighting (table lamps, floor lamps). Usually functional lighting fixtures are located where they are needed - near sofa tables, armchairs etc.

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Beautiful living room with balanced lighting and well appointed ceiling design; crystal lamps; lamp with crystal vase and brass flowers; flexible panel molding for ceiling design; unique mirrored ceiling medallion; and classic crown molding;

Well appointed interior with classic architectural details and lighting

Well appointed interior with classic architectural details and lighting; Meticulous wall panels and crown molding bring rhythm and order to a space, the sconces add additional dimension to the wall, the swing-arm floor lamp combines beauty and functionality, and the gorgeous crystal chandelier brings true crowning glory to the room.


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beautiful living room decor with crystal lamps and cast brass sconces;
interior design by Charmean Neithart Interiors, photo by Joan Allen

Bedroom lighting is not just for sleeping, this more private rooms need flexible lighting that can change from functional to romantic to suit the need and mood of the moment. For bedroom choose lighting that works, both technically and aesthetically, with decorative style of your bedroom. Bedrooms that are designed in the traditional styles need gentle lighting to preserve their mood. In the bedroom use lighting fixtures that produce a reflective soft lighting. Near the bed on the bed side table is a great place for a lamp with low wattage light bulb. Lighting fixtures with the "color corrected" lamps to obtain the best color distribution are needed near the mirror above dressing table in the bedroom.

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lavish bedroom decor; The Imperial, five-star luxury hotel in Vienna, Austria

Kitchen lighting. The kitchen is a very special room in the home. Today's kitchens are both - a work space and a room for casual entertainment, the kitchen must change its mood suit the moment and should have lighting for every mood. For the kitchen is recommended a combination of general lighting and task lighting. It is very important that working zones (places where food are prepared, or for dish washing) have separate lighting fixtures that provide plenty of light that highlights the work area. Moreover in the kitchens commonly installed small lighting fixtures inside the cabinets, shelves and other furniture to provide extra lighting for functional purposes as well as esthetics.

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Being executed in a neutral color pallet this kitchen is rich in textures. I love the overall feeling of comfort. The playfulness of pendant lighting above the kitchen island adds ease and lightheartedness to the space, so as the colorful chandelier's pendants. Love this kitchen, I find it very welcoming.

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Creating Mood with Lighting Fixtures

"Light is among the richest experiences our senses have to offer, no other medium can match it"

Light can glow, create shadows, model forms, reflect from polished surfaces, pass through translucent and transparent forms, distort shapes, be mystical and romantic – depending upon how light is angled, diffused, and positioned. Lighting is an element of design which should be used not only for visual comfort, but also to achieve predetermined emotional responses the lighted environment.

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Gorgeous interior with stunning lighting, decorative wall panels, and romantic white furnishings; in the laps of luxury; The Imperial, five-star luxury hotel in Vienna, Austria

Lighting is one of the most powerful elements of design. Lighting fixtures can infuse the simplest space with richness and depth. Lighting fixtures can be manipulated to obscure and highlight, create plays of shadow and color. Lighting fixtures can transform the atmosphere of a room in the same way that lighting in theater transform the stage.

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