Pendant Lights

Chandeliers are a wonderful way to light up a room, but I have to admit that my heart really skips a beat for  beautiful pendant lights - or even a set of them! Pendants are very much on trend for 2016, but frankly, I think it's hard to go wrong with them any time. To celebrate these lovely lighting systems, here are a few of our favourite statement pendants.

In terms of plastics, the FL/Y pendant is one of my favourites. It comes in a range of colors and is big enough to stand on its own, or make an eye catching display. Clustering pendants, or arranging them in a row, gives you an alternative to a traditional chandelier, while still offering  as much or as little light as you require.

Beautiful statement pendant lights are on trend for 2016 - but also have a classic appeal.

Tom Dixon's Melt/Copper is a stunning line of glass pendants that have the look of melting, hot blown glass.

 

Beautiful statement pendant lights are on trend for 2016 - but also have a classic appeal.

Zenza sports a whole line of nickel plated brass pendants in a variety of shapes and sizes. The punched metal gives an amazing effect when lit.

Beautiful statement pendant lights are on trend for 2016 - but also have a classic appeal.

Industrial style pendants come in a wide range of styles, colors and shapes. You can get replicas of these at most hardware stores, or you can go vintage hunting as we did. Steve and I picked up three vintage white industrial lights at an antiques market in Italy last spring. There was no shortage of sellers there with a drool-worthy supply of amazing lighting, from the very old to the recently old. It's always worth digging around a bit to see if you can find something locally to you as well - though they may require a touch up or a bit of rewiring.  I love this mint shade from Barn Light Electric. 

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I know we tend to think of glass and metal when considering lighting, but concrete can be beautiful too, as these modern and pretty Finn pendants from Milk and Sugar show.

Beautiful statement pendant lights are on trend for 2016 - but also have a classic appeal.

And finally, let's not forget the possibility of ceramic pendant lights. These fantastic ceramic shades are made in England by Lyngard Ceramics.

 

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Going Gold

One of the hottest trends this year continues to be warm metallics. While copper was big last year, we've now turned to the more classic look of gold and brass. This is good news, as a classic look tends to hold better over time than trends that burn hot for a short period. Metals are also a great way to add sophistication, or even glamor, to your rooms. From lamps to planters and accessories, we've got some simple ways that you can incorporate this look in to your decor without breaking the bank or having to re-do an entire space.

Going gold - warm metals like gold and brass are hot right now. We'll show you how to bring them in to your living room, dining room or bedroom without having to change a whole space.

Lighting

Lighting is one of the most over looked areas when people are decorating, both in terms of budget and style. Taking a bit of time to find a few fixtures with real distinction can make a huge difference in the look of your space. Here we've got two examples that show a wonderful warm metal tone in two contrasting styles.I'd be happy to put both of these in the same space. Don't be overly worried that everything you have is from a matched set, or even represents the same style.  If you have decided on an overall look for your space that is a bit eclectic or mixed, lighting is a great way to show a bit of contrast.

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Accessories

Quick and easy, dropping in a few gold or brass accessories around your room is a fast way to bring in some metals. Everything from trays, to candle holders, book ends, vases and small statues can help define the look of your space. And pineapples, you say? There a classic and I kind of love them.

 

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Tables and Stands

Changing a major piece like a coffee table is a great way to bring new life into a space. But smaller pieces like plant stands are also an option if you don't want to commit to something big. I recently found some glass and brass nesting tables at a vintage shop and immediately threw them in my living room for a bit of shine and style. Quick, easy and I can move them around for different looks.

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Mirrors

Everyone knows that mirrors are a great way to add a bit of light to your space, but they are also fantastic decor elements if chosen well. If your taste runs to the simple, go for a plain rectangle with a gilt frame. But if you are looking for a bit of a statement on your wall, think of something like the pentagonal mirror here. It serves the multi-purpose of adding light and creating a pointo f interest in the room.

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Lighting: gorgeous glass pendants

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]If you wanted to conjure up a more English name than Rothschild & Bickers, I'm not sure you could. The UK based makers of beautiful glass lighting are keeping alive the craft of glass blowing, and are doing it with amazing style.Beautiful blown glass pendant lighting made in England by Rothschild and Bickers.

Beautiful blown glass pendant lighting made in England by Rothschild and Bickers. Beautiful blown glass pendant lighting made in England by Rothschild and Bickers.

If you told me this morning that I'd be deeply in love with a pendant light that had tassels on it, I might have said you were crazy.  I love them all. Note to self: add this studio to the list for my next visit to England. See them online here.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Lighting: Lasvit

I was in a showroom recently which had an exceptional lighting display. The woman working there noted that lighting is often overlooked; one of the last things considered when the budget is pretty much depleted. Good lighting not only illuminates your space, but it can be a design feature that adds a polishing touch to the room, the strength of which you may have underestimated. In this respect, I find lighting to be a lot like window treatments - slap up a few hastily chosen panels at the end of the project, and it will show.  Setting aside a protected amount in your budget for "finishing touches" like these pays huge dividends in the look of your space. Speaking of gorgeous lighting, Lasvit is a European lighting design house headquartered in Prague. They uphold the tradition of using Bohemian glass to make things of tremendous beauty. While they do large scale installations, their designer lighting collection is stunning example of both the beauty of glass, and how lighting can be a feature on its own.

European lighting design ohuse Lasvit creates amazing pendant lights with a team of designers. High quality workmanship and a love of color shows in these beautiful clear, blue, rose and yellow pieces.

European lighting design ohuse Lasvit creates amazing pendant lights with a team of designers. High quality workmanship and a love of color shows in these beautiful clear, blue, rose and yellow pieces.

European lighting design ohuse Lasvit creates amazing pendant lights with a team of designers. High quality workmanship and a love of color shows in these beautiful clear, blue, rose and yellow pieces.

View their collection here.

A Folded Lamp With a Surprise.

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Beautiful.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Glass blowing is one of those things that I have always wanted to try - and I suspect I am not alone.  Gorgeous, glowing orbs of liquid fire being shaped into something even more beautiful. It's an amazing skill and art. Hennepin Made studios in Minneapolis are no exception, using traditional glass blowing techniques to create stunning, modern lighting. hennepin-made-glassblowing-stages-600x588

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