In interior design, it’s all about the details and accessories. These interesting objects, books, and lamps add personality to a room’s decor. Whether a space calls for accessories galore or just a well-placed few, adding these eye-catching pieces can complete each room’s unique design. Here are eight ways to bring new life to living spaces inside and out. Please enjoy!
A glam space requires a sense of restraint in tabletop accessories. A few carefully chosen pieces are all this feminine living room needs—golden elements work beautifully here.
Accessories that complement artwork hung behind them can enhance both the objects and the art. This image shows just how true that statement is—meticulously stunning.
Instead of the more expected nightstand, this one is filled with a lovely array of tabletop accessories that show off your personal style.
This brilliant geometric orange lamp and found objects make for a charming tabletop vignette.
In an eclectic entryway, a curvy wrought iron table is topped with a few accessories in black, a pop of blue, and a pair of lovely clear glass lamps. A pretty gold mirror and a zebra print bench finish off the design.
When the tables themselves make a bold style statement, accessories are best kept to a minimum. Here, simple cut flowers and an oversize folio work beautifully.
Even in outdoor spaces details matter. On this charming porch, tabletop accessories have a nature-related theme. I love the look of the outdoor lanterns against the ceiling and wall stripes.
Summer entertaining on the patio or by the pool is kicked up a notch when drinks are served from stylish dispensers. These clear glass containers are filled with drinks that look just as good as they will taste.
Summer usually means lots of trips to the beach, indulging in more ice cream than we’d like to admit, and lots of family time. And what better place to spend lazy summer afternoons and nights with your family and friends, than your own patio! Everyone can lounge around comfortably for those spontaneous BBQs or entertain guests in the summer breeze.
This spacious, modern wood patio allows for sunlight but also provides shade for the sunnier afternoons. As the night approaches, the fireplace offers easy access for homemade s’mores and helps ward off the night chill.
For a more cozy patio, these white and taupe furniture keeps things simple but plushy aesthetic. The greenery that wraps around the pillars eludes a natural atmosphere.
For those who prefer a more neutral colored palette, this wood and stone patio would be perfect.
This rooftop patio is a great place to get away from your apartment roommate to get some fresh air or catch up on a book while being pampered with the inviting sofa.
The subtle use of pink in the pillow provokes a gentle, feminine feeling, but is balanced by the prominent cream colored outdoor furniture. Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
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Our team recently attended the Las Vegas Lightfair convention in May and found it to be extremely benefiting and innovative. The Lightfair International (LFI) is the world’s largest lighting trade show and conference representing architectural, design, engineering, and lighting work from all over the world.
One of the big features of the Lightfair this year was the focus on LED lighting. Check out some of the highlights of what we learned below!
As LED lighting begins to take the lead, LED retrofits are selling very well among homeowners and in the retail/commercial settings. LED retrofits are becoming the optimal choice and quickly replacing incandescent, halogen, and CFL. Often having an easy replacement process, the benefits of LED retrofits can easily be seen.
Benefits of LED retrofits:
Pro-longed life therefore less maintenance
Long-term money saving
Maximized brightness & high quality
LED lighting is not only for your interior. It is quickly gaining popularity in outdoor light as well.
Various companies are implementing LED lighting and taking advantage of it’s benefits. The Orange County Irvine Company, a major land owner in Irvine, has converted to the use of above ground outdoor LED spotlights.
Why the Replacement?
They decided to replace their traditional HID (High Intensity Discharge) spotlights because HID spotlights require a ballast which is often bulky and is installed within the ground. In addition, over time, the ballast housing accumulates water, which translates into high maintenance . With the switch to an LED spotlight, there is no in-ground component and eliminates that issue.
For jewelry stores, one effective technique for the display lighting is to use 2100K LEDs for gold jewelries and use 5000K for white gold, platinum, silver. The reason for this is because helps to bring out the natural color of the metal. The 2100K is warmer color, therefore it brings out the natural yellow color in gold. 5000K is a cold, white light, so it brings out the best in white jewelry. With these LED differences, it is easy to find one that matches your product’s needs.
Innovation in LED
One of the big hits of the light show was the demonstration of the iPad to control LED lights in the Osram Traxon booth. With this feature, the ipad can change the LED light color, display pattern, and color temperature. Images 1 | 7
Some people assume that green or eco-friendly lighting isn’t always the most chic or attractive lighting. They often picture cheap-looking fixtures, reclaimed “ugly” chandeliers and so forth. Fortunately, green lighting can also be chic lighting. Here are a few tips and tricks on how to achieve a look that is exactly that: green and chic.
Tips and Tricks for Green Chic Lighting
It may be surprising to hear, but you can actually make just about any light fixture more energy efficient and “green” by swapping out the light bulb. If you’re still using traditional incandescents in your light fixtures, then swapping the bulb out for a compact fluorescent (CFL) will instantly make it ‘greener.’
For outdoor spaces, keep in mind that there are a number of solar powered light fixtures as well as light fixtures that use LED light bulbs. In fact, it is almost easier to find a solar powered or LED based light fixture than it is to find an inefficient fixture. This makes it incredibly easy to find and utilize outdoor lights that are both green and chic. Remember, these days just about any style, shape or size of outdoor lights is available in a more eco-friendly solar powered or LED style.
Speaking of LED light fixtures, if you’re looking to upgrade your kitchen lighting or make it more efficient, be sure to check out LEDs. This is especially true if you plan to add under cabinet lights, interior cabinet lights or even pendant lights to your space. LEDs can be more expensive in some cases, but for the most part, they have become the industry standard for under cabinet lights and interior cabinet lights. This makes them both affordable and accessible. As for pendant lights, they may cost a few cents more, but you’ll find they come in a variety of trendy looks and styles perfect for complimenting your kitchen space.
Finally, keep an eye out for light fixtures made from recycled or reclaimed materials. While these can sometimes look gaudy or downright ugly, there are a lot of trendy, chic looks out there as well. Recycled glass, recycled plastics and recycled metals, the trick is to know what you want and keep an open mind (and an open eye) when looking for these light fixtures.
Don’t get discouraged if you don’t find the right light fixture right away, perfection can take some time! Green light fixtures don’t have to be ugly, they can be trendy! Be patient and you’ll be sure to find the right fixture to compliment any room in your home. Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
Don’t forget to stop by the Arcadian Lighting website to get the perfect light fixture that will fit your home or office here!
The kitchen is perhaps one of the most important spaces in the entire home. For the modern American family, the kitchen is the hub, it’s the heart of the home. Food is prepped there, perhaps homework is done or even entertaining depending on the layout of the home. With this in mind, it’s important to have proper lighting. However, lighting is an area where you can easily follow trends. For 2012 and beyond, expect to see an increase in hanging lanterns and lantern style light fixtures in the kitchen.
The key with this particular trend is to focus on the actual style. Lanterns come in all kinds of styles, shapes and sizes. With that in mind, the traditional lantern shape is most popular and also the most trendy. However, rounded versions are also making the rounds in popularity, as the softer, organic shape compliments a number of kitchen styles.
Nautical looks are also extremely trendy in terms of home decor for 2012. You may want to consider seeking out nautically inspired hanging lanterns, which will also compliment a variety of kitchen decors.
Another popular look is the globe shaped caged look. These particular hanging lanterns came come with or without a glass shield, though the majority do not. They also tend to have a more rustic or industrial appeal them, which is great for adding a subtle rustic/industrial influence to a contemporary, modern or traditional kitchen space.
For finishes, consider warmer tones such as an oil rubbed bronze. Bronzes in general are going to be very trendy in terms of finishes not only for light fixtures, but also for kitchen faucets; so this is a great way to tie your kitchen space together.
It goes without saying that there are also paper hanging lanterns, particularly the spherical ones that feature an Asian influence. It is important to note that these particular light fixtures are not ideal for lighting a kitchen space and are better suited for backyard barbecues.
When it comes to light fixtures, trends tend to stick around longer than with other interior design trends. So don’t be afraid to invest in a somewhat trendy pendant light. Lanterns in general have been around for several years, so they’re not likely to go out of style any time soon. This makes them a great choice for incorporating into your kitchen space.
When choosing a lantern, be sure to choose one that compliments the style of your kitchen but also suits your lighting needs. Don’t be afraid to combine multiple hanging lanterns to ensure you’ve got ample lighting in your kitchen space. Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
Do you think you are ready to play with different lantern styles? Consider our great selection of lighting fixtures to help you achieve the look you desire.
Some of the most beautiful homes look their best at night, thanks to their evening landscape lighting. Many people are stumped as to how to achieve a similar look on their own home, especially when it comes to buying the right light fixtures and where to place them. Here are a few tips and tricks for night lighting a landscape.
Work at Night
This is a great tip for those looking to save a bit of money and do their own outdoor night lighting on their landscaping. The best time to experiment with night time lighting is to turn on your outdoor lighting fixtures at night. You can even “pre plan” using flash lights to give yourself an idea of what the space might look like once you’ve installed the actual light fixtures.
Remember the Different Effects
A professional lighting designer knows that even outdoor night lighting requires a number of different lighting types: accent, uplighting, downlighting, silhouetting, grazing, moonlighting and shadowing. You don’t necessarily have to use all of these on a single home, but using multiple styles and light fixtures can help pack a punch on an otherwise bland night lighting scheme.
Accenting is used to highlight specific elements, such as a bird bath or a statue. Uplighting is when light fixtures are placed so that the light shines upward onto the item, whereas downlighting is the exact opposite: light fixtures are placed overhead to shine light downward.
Silhouetting uses light fixtures placed behind an item so that when turned on, there is a silhouette. Shadowing is when multiple light fixtures are arranged so as to create a shadow onto a wall such as a fence or onto the home itself using a wall sconce. Finally, grazing is when light is used to show texture while moonlighting is a technique that creates a gentle glow similar to that of the moon.
Considerations for Light Fixtures
When choosing light fixtures for your outdoor lighting scheme, know what you want to achieve before you purchase the actual fixtures. For example, if you’re going to do a lot of silhouetting with your bushes, you’ll want to purchase light fixtures for exactly that purpose.
Other questions to ask include: are your fixtures sturdy? Will they withstand the elements of your specific region? Are they U.L. wet listed or damp listed? Can you actually install the light fixtures yourself or will you need to hire the help of a professional? You may find that while you can plan everything and make all the purchases, actually installing the light fixtures, like swing arm wall lamps, may prove to be a bit more daunting than you had anticipated. It is better to be safe than sorry, so don’t skimp on the help if you need it!
Finally, consider maintenance for these fixtures. Light fixtures located on the ground will need to be monitored for debris build-up, as they can potentially catch fire if certain items, such as leaves or twigs, build up over top.
You should routinely clean your fixtures, wipe off the dirt and debris from the shades to ensure that you are getting maximum light and the most bang for your buck.
For wiring that is exposed, be sure to regularly check the wiring to ensure it has not become compromised or that the casing has not been worn away or chewed off by animals and other pests. Always make replacements immediately to avoid additional damage, such as a fire. Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
The entryway of the home is perhaps one of the most important sections when it comes to lighting, especially for homeowners who entertain often. The entryway gives guests an idea of what to expect. If the entryway is warm and inviting with adequate lighting from the light fixtures, they’ll feel comfortable walking up to the home. If it’s not inviting, well, that could be a problem. If you’re not convinced your entryway may need some new outdoor lights, here are some of the many benefits to entryway lighting.
One of the biggest benefits of installing adequate lighting fixtures on the entryway of the home is the safety it adds to the space. Outdoor lights ward off intruders because it is more difficult to break into a home that is well lit on the exterior than it is to break into a home that has no outdoor lights on at all.
This is especially true if you have a family, as you wouldn’t want a burglar breaking in during the late night hours. Safety is important, whether you live alone or you’ve got a family.
Warm and Inviting
Another huge benefit of outdoor lights around the entryway is that it gives the appearance of a warm and welcoming home. This is especially important around the holiday season, especially if you have plenty of guests during this time.
A warm, inviting outside should also lead to a warm, inviting inside. So, don’t forget to take a look at your interior lighting and update or add new light fixtures where needed. Lighting helps create a welcoming space.
Starting with entryway lights is a perfect way to dive headfirst into adding additional landscape lighting and outdoor lights to your home. Landscape lights help highlight the different landscaping and architectural features of the home. These light fixtures allow you to set a scene and improve the evening look of your home.
You can install these outdoor lights behind bushes, in front of windows or around a flag pole to create visual interest in the space. You can also install them to point upward into trees to help highlight the tree and take it from looking flat to looking more dimensional in the dark.
Entryway lighting can also refer to the lighting just inside your home, in the entryway or foyer of the house. To light this space, you can use wall sconces, a chandelier or even a simple overhead ceiling light depending on the size of the space. Remember, you want the entryway of your home to be inviting both inside and out!
In short, entryway lighting can have a number of benefits. It can dramatically change the exterior of your home, making it warm and inviting. You should always carry this feeling inside and apply this to the light fixtures on the interior entryway as well. Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
Want even more entryway and outdoor lighting fixture ideas? Then check out some of these amazing hanging lanterns!
When it comes to trendy items, many people will tell you to stick that pocketbook back in your purse and walk away. After all, you’ll just end up replacing it in a few weeks or months, whenever the trend goes out of style. Fortunately with light fixtures, trends tend to last a bit longer than expected and certain pieces will never go out of style. That being said, yellow light fixtures are one trend that is on queue for the new year and a perfect way to add some fun to any space.
What to Look For
Fun pieces that are unexpected are key here when choosing light fixtures that are finished in a funky yellow hue. Any yellow will do, though mustard yellows, sunflower yellows and warm, sunshine yellows are fun, funky and easy to blend into a number of decor styles.
That being said, opt for dramatic pieces. A large, elegant chandelier that is done in a bold, unexpected yellow will be a perfect focal point for any room you use it in. Just don’t forget to choose a light fixture that fits your room in terms of size and styling.
If you’re not ready to invest in a bold yellow light fixture, it’s okay to incorporate this tone into your space in a more subdued way. Yellow bases for lamps or even yellow hued lamp shades are a great alternative.
Other great options include yellow pendant lights, unexpected funky yellow chandeliers or even yellow outdoor lanterns for your front porch. Welcome guests with an unexpected, modern look!
Can’t Find the Right Piece?
It happens, as yellow light fixtures can be hard to come by. That being said, keep in mind that you can actually paint certain light fixtures to suit your style. This is especially true of chandeliers. If you’ve found a fixture you love but it’s not quite the right hue, just paint it your chosen shade of yellow!
In order to paint a light fixture, you’ll need to follow a few steps. First, use tape over the sockets and any other areas that you don’t want to get paint onto. This is important for protecting the electrical portions of the light fixture.
Once this is done, you should lightly (very lightly) using a fine-grit sandpaper, sand the fixture to create a bit of roughing that will help the paint stick. You can either apply the paint by hand using a brush or you can use a can of spray paint.
However, before you paint, be sure to clean up all the dust and wipe the light fixture down so that it is free from debris. Apply the paint, allow it to dry and then spray it with a sealer. Finally, remove the tape and viola, you’ve got your own vibrant yellow light fixture.
Yellow light fixtures might not be here to stay for the long run, but they are super fun and can add a lot of whimsy to your space. Plus, there are plenty of yellow hues to blend into a number of home decor styles, making it easy to find the right shade. Besides, once you grow tired of the color, you can just repaint it. Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6
Did our colorful post inspire you? Add a splash of yellow to your home with a bold lamp or funky chandelier, all on Arcadian Lighting!
Light fixtures are easy to swap out, so it’s a great idea to add a little trendy style to your space through new light fixtures, especially a chandelier. Though these pieces can get a bit pricey, if you’re willing, there are a number of reproductions of higher end designer pieces out there that can help you cut costs while still giving you the same look and feel as a high end designer light fixture. Glass globe chandeliers, as well as glass globe pendants and other fixtures that use this style, are becoming extremely trendy.
An elegant, but simple design, cluster chandeliers are a great choice for anyone who is looking to incorporate this light fixture trend into their home. These ceiling fixtures feature several clear (or colored) glass globes with individual lights, hung in a cluster. The wires are typically tied together or cased in a straight tube to give it a more clean, streamlined appearance.
These light fixtures come in a variety of sizes with a number of bulbs per fixture, so you can easily find one for your space. Plus, cluster glass globe chandeliers fit into a number of styles from contemporary to modern, traditional to rustic and everything in between. Their basic shape and design give them a look that is elegant, simple and easily blended with other decor styles.
Other cluster style chandeliers will feature each bulb on an individual wire, but the wires won’t be decoratively grouped but rather each one hangs down from a single point at the base of the light fixture. Like the grouped pieces, these can also easily be incorporated into a number of styles.
Suspension Style Glass Globe Chandeliers
Another popular option, the suspension style glass globe chandelier is any ceiling lighting fixture where the glass globe lights are suspended from their wires but are suspended in a pattern. The pattern can be a straight line or a chaotic-appearing grouping. They come in any size or pattern and like many glass globe chandeliers, they can feature colored glass globes, though clear tends to be the most popular. Furthermore, as expected, these ceiling fixtures can easily blend into a number of styles from Victorian to minimalist.
Other Types of Glass Globe Light Fixtures
There are a plethora of other glass globe light fixtures available out there, so you can easily match your chosen chandelier to your pendant lights or other ceiling fixtures. Some manufacturers even produce lamps, track lights and wall sconces that feature glass globes for the shades.
Glass globe chandeliers are super trendy, especially in the coming year. That being said, investing in trendy light fixtures can get a bit pricey so don’t be afraid to opt for less expensive versions because these often feature the exact same look without the designer price tag. Since you can blend these ceiling fixtures with various decor styles, it’s easy for you to incorporate them into your space. Images 1 | 2| 3 | 4| 5
With the holidays, comes searching through the attics and basements for specially marked boxes, scouring retail stores for replacement bulbs, and hours upon hours of stringing and testing your outdoor lights. This time of the year, outdoor lighting displays are what bonds neighbors in a friendly competition of “Who’s the brightest.” (And we aren’t talking “Who’s Smarter than a 5th Grader!”) So, how do you take design to a new level when it comes to making your exterior lighting displays welcoming and inviting for holiday guests? Here are 3 steps to getting you light savvy:
(1) A view of a lit tree through a window is a welcoming sign
There is just something about a view of a lit tree through a window. Perhaps it’s knowing that the inside is decorated and warm, or maybe it’s just the tree itself – the symbol of hope, the beautiful lights and the prospect of presents. Whatever it is, a view of a lit tree through a window is a welcoming sign and should be incorporated into your exterior holiday lighting display if possible.
(2) Wrapping exterior trees makes a very big statement
String lighting wrapped around the trunks and limbs of your trees in your yard create a feeling of wonder. They magically transform an ordinary yard into a winter wonderland fit for royalty, when done on several trees. When wrapping your trees, don’t forget to do some of the larger branches.
Of course, if you don’t feel like taking the time to fiddle with thousands of tiny lights on a Sunday afternoon, there are other options for bringing life to your trees. Hanging snowflake ornaments from your trees give a Christmas tree look.
(3) Stick to classic and simple
Some may disagree with us on this, but elegant outdoor lights carries on the tradition of the holiday spirit. It’s always fun to use entertaining decorations on your lawns and they attract a lot of attention!
Additionally you will want to decorate with texture so in the daytime there is another layer that people passing by can appreciate. Do this with garland on stair banisters or porch railings and wreaths hung on windows and your front door. If you have room for potted poinsettias or boxwood, these add a nice touch as well. You can add a bit of greenery to your outdoor lighting fixtures, but don’t forget to only use non-combustible items as to prevent a fire! Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
Don’t forget to check out our great selection of chandeliers that make great additions for the holidays!