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.
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
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.
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
or a cozy family meal highlighted by the warm lighting from the
lamps, this dining room can have it all.
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.
beautiful living room decor with
crystal lamps and cast brass
interior design by Charmean Neithart Interiors, photo by Joan Allen
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.
lavish bedroom decor; The Imperial, five-star luxury hotel in Vienna, Austria
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.
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.
"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.
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.
romantic room settings
The Crystal Sun - Czech crystal
More than 500 years ago, in the territory of the former Kingdom of Bohemia, skilled craftsmen began to discover ways of molding glass into beautiful shapes. By the beginning of the 17th century, Bohemian glassmakers were manufacturing glass of such quality that it closely resembled natural crystal.
Since the 17th century, Bohemia has been the center of the crystal glass industry...
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alabaster lamps and reflection of excellent taste
In medieval times, alabaster was used to form religious statues and articles. Larger pieces were used as premium, ornamental stone. Once objects and statues were formed, they were often gilded with special decorative gilding paint and polished. Often times, pieces featuring elegant alabaster were found in places of worship and in railings used in staircases and in hallways.
Alabaster lamps featured in fine homes today show a completely different and beautifully
decorative, modern use for alabaster...
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decorating with crystal lamps
The sparkle of crystal glittering in the light brings a sense of romance and
opulence to any room. Rainbows of color splash onto surfaces when light hits
lead crystal, similar to how it affects a perfectly cut diamond. Whether your
tastes run from traditional to ultra modern, quality crystal lamps will brighten
up almost any room decor instantly...
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crystal lamps in Feng Shui
According to the practice of Feng Shui, each color of the rainbows spectrum radiating from the crystal carry the intensity of that particular type of chi energy. For example,
green carries the three chi energy of the east. The energy of crystal. Crystals generates positive energy. Feng Shui methods recommends using products that are made from crystal for transformation and balancing energy... continue reading about
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how to incorporate table lamps in your decor
It is a known fact that quality lamps will enhance character of your home and add undeniable beauty.
Floor and table lamps are attractive accessories that are also serve the purpose of providing light. Soft and comforting lighting giving to as by stylish lamps always translates into an exquisitely elegant and sophisticated
interiors. We all deserve to be surrounded by comfort and luxury. Skillful combination of modern technologies, furnishings,
lighting and well appointed accessories is a key to successful creation of an interior that is self-indulgent
as well as opulent. .. read more about
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role of lamps in interior decorating
Not every one realizes that lighting fixtures, and specially table lamps, are very important part of every interior. In creating a mood and atmosphere lamps are playing more important role than any other furnishings.
Table lamps are great tools to define a functional zones within a room, and accentuate an emotional impact of certain spaces. Moreover, high sculptural qualities of floor and table lamps eddying and architectural quality details into the rooms... read
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table lamps with black shades
When one thinks of using lamps with black shades in room decorating, a modern, sleek and updated look instantly comes to mind as a natural part of the room decor. Black accents work extraordinarily well in any room where most of the other accents feature white, light-colored or neutral color schemes.
Table lamps add
an extra splash of design and color, along with adding light to a darker corner
or to other areas in the room that simply need extra light... read more on
table lamps with black shades >>
crystal lamps and interior spaces Crystal itself, various crystal products and crystal lighting fixtures, such as crystal floor and table lamps, carrying an inner power of eternal transformation and
have an incredible impact on our homes' interiors.
When looking at high quality crystal you will see a rainbow of colors exuding
from the crystal, this delights the eyes and inspires the mind. The shine of
quality crystal is very close to shine of diamonds due to the complex highly
precise organics of both materials.... read more about
crystal lamps and style choices
lighting up your world with Venetian glass lamps
The lighting you choose for your home most likely has a much larger impact than you would think. Not only do lamps provide illumination for cooking, reading, and other tasks, but the lamp itself becomes an important part of the decor. Choose
Venetian glass lamps for the ultimate in understated elegance while lighting up your world.
You could choose any old lamps if all you want to do is shed some light within
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the advantages of adjustable lamps
For most of us, decor needs to function. We have a few nice things on display with no purpose other than to look nice, but for the majority of us, the things we have in our home must have a function. Of course, that doesn't mean they can't be aesthetically pleasing at the same time. Sofas should be beautiful and
comfortable... continue reading about
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Incorporating sconces into your decor
Of all of the choices in lighting fixtures, wall sconces go back the furthest in time. From illuminating the corridors of ancient castles to brightening up the walls in today's homes,
sconces can add both beauty and functionality to every room. These stylish lighting sources an be quite subtle in their design, flanking a beautiful mirror or piece of art, or they can serve as a focal point and artistic object in and of themselves. The addition of stylistic elements that include gold leaf, Swarovski crystal, and Venetian glass has resulted in options in
sconces that rival fine art in appearance... read
more about how to incorporate sconces into your decor >>
Light up you world with beautiful sconces
The sconces are
the first artificial interior lighting. It all started with the burning branches
being propped in between rocks in the interior of the cave. While sconces always
had a clear-cut purpose of providing light, they always let in a feeling of
coziness and warmth. Whenever anyone imagines a castle, they always see the
large torch sconces with some decorative details... read more about
Beautiful candle sconces make decorating a breeze Candle sconces used as primary sources of lighting for pioneer homes during colonial times or for castles during ancient and medieval times have been around for many years. It has only been in more recent times, especially since the invention of and use of electrical lighting, that sconces have been relegated to a more decorative role. Even today, they look stunning on any wall and add just a
touch of light where there normally would be no light, or very dim light.... read more about
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Tripod lamps - Light up your home with history
Nothing puts down roots in a room like tripod floor lamps. Providing an illustrious beacon of light, a decorative floor lamp is the quintessential design element in any well designed living space. If you crave a design style that is budding with adventure and legends of faraway lands, then historical tripod lamps are a surefire way to integrate adventure into your everyday life....
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light up your room in elegance with Venetian glass chandeliers
Nothing can compare with the sparkle and grandeur of
chandeliers, especially if they are authentic
Venetian glass chandeliers. The exquisite craftsmanship and simple beauty that this type of chandeliers provides not only light, but also an artistic element of beauty.
Venetian glass, which is produced
exclusively using centuries-old techniques by glass makers on the island of
Murano in Venice, Italy, contributes maximum sparkle and beauty to lighting of
all styles. Nowhere else is the elegance and grace of Venetian glass artistry
better showcased than in beautiful Venetian glass chandeliers, which provides
sparkle and light for an entire room... read more about
Venetian glass chandeliers >>
Scale consideration is really a matter of common sense. To avoid any problems while shopping for chandeliers, do not rely on your scale memory. Before you start shopping, determine how large a chandelier you want. One way to determine a chandelier size needed is with tape measure or yardstick and a partner. Position yourself into the room about where you want the chandelier to be placed...
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Exactly where chandelier goes in the room is an important design consideration. A chandelier is usually a significant part of a room's decorative scheme and has a strong visual presence. The first thing to consider is the wiring because it involves not only electrical work, but often carpentry, plasterwork, and painting. So where to place the junction box, which will determine where the chandelier will be hung, is something you want to get right the first time...
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Making a statement with pendant lighting
pendant lantern or light hangs down from the ceiling and provides focused lighting where it is most needed. Besides offering functionality as specialized task lighting, you'll often find pendant lights serving as a design focal point much like a chandelier but on a smaller scale. The styling of a pendant lantern or light runs the gamut from traditional to contemporary, and materials used in these useful lighting fixtures can vary from metals like aluminum and brass to
clear or textured glass... read more about pendant lighting >>
Shine a light on history with unique desk lamps
By the light of a trusted lamp, many of the world's greatest stories have been written and enduring decrees penned by the famous minds of history.
Now you can have the same illuminating inspiration on your desk thanks to our stunning collection of unique adjustable desk lamps...
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Experience outdoors with oil lanterns
Adventure burns eternal. There is no better way to light up your adventures than with oil lanterns. More fun than flashlights, lanterns are an essential part of any camping experience. If you have a spirit that revels in the trends of classic times, oil lanterns are the perfect outdoor accessory for you. Everything is more fun by the light of lanterns. Ghost stories are spookier. Romance tales are
deeper... read more about outdoor oil lanterns >>
The glow of a rich, savory lamp light is the atmosphere where legends are born. Aside from creating a striking ambiance on camping trips and backyard adventures, oil lanterns provide a dependable and safe light source during power outages and natural disasters. The companion to the oil lantern, candle lanterns also provides hours of enjoyment
and practicality...read more about oil lanterns
Creating a display of lights for the holidays
Holidays bring back warm and special memories that stay with us for the rest of our lives. Creating a gorgeous display of holiday lights makes any holiday brighter, lighter, warmer and more memorable. Creativity and style is showcased in the interesting placements of pretty candle sticks and elegant candle sconces to make any home into
a masterpiece for the holidays...read more on decorating for the holidays >>
making dramatic impact with interior lanterns
It's all too easy to overlook your home's entryways when it comes to decorating and selecting accessories. After all, you spend so little time in these areas. Many homeowners even make the mistake of focusing all of their attention on their home's interior spaces. But have you ever considered that visitors to your home from their first impression at the entrance?...
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The perfect gifts for any occasion are hurricane sconces, candle sconces and beautifully elegant hurricane lamps. Recipients of these stunning gifts are always grateful. They enjoy the beauty of the soft flickering candle light and warm scents that they can use in them to create a
tranquil, relaxing atmosphere in their home.
Next time a gift is needed for a wedding, housewarming for that new home or for any other occasion, hurricane lamps and candle sconces make wonderful gifts...read more about enlighten gift ideas >>