No matter what style you’ve decorated your home in, you’ll need a light fixture or three. It can be difficult finding the right lamp to go with the right style of decor. When choosing the right lighting solutions, it’s important to know what shapes, colors or styles work best with different types of interior design. Fortunately, knowing a few basics can help decipher the difference between a traditional style lamp or a chic, modern style lamp.
Light Fixtures for Chic, Modern or Contemporary Decor
Chic, modern decor can also be somewhat contemporary in appearance and vice versa. For these types of decor, clean lines are king, as are clean shapes. When choosing shades, opt for clean lines like those found in a drum shade. For a more modern looking shade, you could also consider using a rectangular or square shade rather than a circular shade.
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Choosing Traditional Lighting Fixtures
Traditional light fixtures tend to feature lampshades that are somewhat tapered at the top. The bases of these fixtures may feature somewhat ornate details, though not nearly as ornate as a Victorian base may be, so this is important to keep in mind. Traditional fixtures can feature large bases in muted or neutral colors; but may also be made from various metals such as wrought iron or bronze.
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Lighting Solutions for Eclectic Decor
If you’ve got an eclectic style home, then great news: nearly any style of lamps will fit into your decor. Eclectic style, as you may already know, tends to incorporate a number of different designs and styles into a single room. You could have a chic drum shade lamp with mid century modern tables and a Victorian sofa and if you’re lucky, still pull it all off.
Just keep in mind, sometimes too much contrast can become overwhelming or look tacky. Ideally, consider matching your chosen lamps to an existing style already in your room. For example, if you’ve got a modern sofa with clean lines, pair it with a lamp that also features clean lines. This will help your overall decor shine through, rather than allowing it to become overwhelming.
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Minimalist Light Fixtures
Chances are with minimalist design, you already have an idea of what kind of lamp shade. However, keep in mind that you don’t have to choose lamps with slim post-style bases. In minimalist design, you can even choose large, bulky bases. However, try to stick with clean lines or single colors. Choosing lamps with multiple colors or complex bases will only take away from your minimalist look.
Light Fixtures for Rustic Decor
Rustic lamps may be easier to spot in comparison to other styles of lamps and light fixtures. They may feature wrought iron designs or they may have a wooden base. However, keep in mind that these lamps should be mixed with traditional lamp shades rather than with contemporary or modern shades. This is because a rustic base, such as a piece of a wooden stump, would look out-of-place when compared with a modern drum shade.
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Lamps are just one part of the lighting equation in your home. Keep in mind that you should also utilize floor lamps, ceiling lights, track lights, wall sconces and even pendant lights in different rooms of your home to create a complete look.