Enhance Walls with Divided Wall Art

Monday, December 10th, 2012

If you’re looking for a change of scenery when it comes to wall art sans the usual framed painting or wall decor, divided wall art can liven up your walls in many different ways. Typically, it is a grouping of panels that when hung together create a single scene or abstract. Perhaps the most famous type of divided wall art is the diptych—an artwork divided into two parts and the triptych—an artwork divided into three parts. They can be framed or unframed canvas or even decorative metal. Here are some intriguing and clever ways to use divided wall art.

Divided Wall Art

Lord Bodner’s Octopus Triptych was originally created in 1826 while he was studying
deep sea creatures. The original copperplate has thus taken on many incarnations
since including this lovely one featured in a living room by The Cross Design & Décor.

Divided Wall Art

Here is another view of Bodner’s Octopus Triptych.

Divided Wall Art

Imago Dei’s founder and master artist Jamie Wells created this unbelievably
gorgeous divided mural for Flora & Muse restaurant in Houston, Texas.

Divided Wall ArtTattoo Contemporary Figurative Canvas Wall Art by Mark Abrams for
Paragon Picture Gallery is a colorful and fun example of diptych art.

Divided Wall Art

An oversized triptych enlivens this otherwise subtle design by Tom Verwest of TVI Inc.

Divided Wall Art

A Robin Rose triptych hangs above a modern bed in a room designed by Paula Schumann.

Divided Wall Art

Perhaps one of the most famous diptych by Piero della Francesca show
Battista Sforza and Federico da Montefeltro facing one another.

Divided Wall ArtFour squares of hand forged metal create a scroll design when hung together
to create an unusual and beautiful design. Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

What do you think of divided wall art? Find more wall decor and discover other gorgeous home accessories that breathe new life into your home!

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StyleCraft Home Collection Nominated for 23rd Annual ARTS Awards

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

We would like to recognize StyleCraft Home Collection for their ARTS Awards nomination in Wall Décor. Held in Dallas every January, the ARTS Awards recognizes the home decorative industry’s finest manufacturers, retailers, designers, and sales representatives.

StyleCraft

Renowned for their modern and traditional lamps and home decor, StyleCraft is an international company that grew from a small regional lamp business in Mississippi. Having expanded both their global and domestic presence, StyleCraft has been successful in developing retail chains and maintaining loyal home furnishings customers. Customers have long described StyleCraft items with the phrase “Great styling at a great price.” Delve into these inspirational pieces representative of StyleCraft’s elegant home decor:

StyleCraft Metal Wall Art / Wall Decor

 A rainbow of linking rings brings visual interest to neutral walls.

StyleCraft Transitional Wooden Mirror

Warm up lodge settings with this welcoming rustic wooden mirror.

StyleCraft Follow Your Heart Transitional Wall Decor

Fill rooms with whimsical, soothing inspiration a la blue canvas print.

StyleCraft Hotel Du Palais Traditional Wall Clock

Bonjour! Take a trip back in time to the “Hotel Du Palais” in Paris.

Discover more StyleCraft pieces here!

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Montauk Moroccan Style with Currey & Company

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Moroccan style spaces have been a growing trend for quite a while, they can be seen everywhere  from swanky hotels to beautiful bedrooms, living rooms, kitchens and bathrooms. This wonderful north African style is characterized by interesting shapes, great use of metals, lanterns, exotic materials and colors.  Currey and Company found a way to create beautiful Moroccan styles, with a  global appeal, by using everything from concrete to seashells.  Each piece of their Montauk Moroccan collection is timeless and reminds us of a rich culture.  While mostly traditional, these pieces are also modern enough to fit into our everyday living spaces, and we love that!

Come and check out some amazing Moroccan inspired rooms and Currey and Company’s stunning Montauk Moroccan collection.

Moroccan Inspired Rooms Montauk Moroccan Collection Currey and Company

This stunning lobby used traditional Moroccan elements with a modern approach, a great way of mixing the old world with the new world.

Moroccan Inspired Rooms Montauk Moroccan Collection Currey and Company

This beautiful arabesque inspired pendant light is a great way of introducing a Moroccan flair to your living or dining room.

Moroccan Inspired Rooms Montauk Moroccan Collection Currey and Company

This calming and serene bedroom has many Moroccan elements such as: the beautiful arches, a large adorned mirror, white airy fabrics, and a concrete bed lift.

Moroccan Inspired Rooms Montauk Moroccan Collection Currey and Company

This gorgeous side table can instantly add an exotic and luxurious feel to any space.

Moroccan Inspired Rooms Montauk Moroccan Collection Currey and Company

Wonderful hanging lanterns of different shapes and colors are a staple in most Moroccan inspired spaces.

Moroccan Inspired Rooms Montauk Moroccan Collection Currey and Company

Intricate sea shell designs assembled by hand to create this gorgeous and extremely unique side table.

We hope you enjoyed these beautiful Moroccan inspired pieces and bedrooms! Which one inspired you the most? Comment below and make sure to check out the rest of Currey & Company’s stunning products.  Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

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The Best Furniture Upholstery for Warm Weather

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Today, we have a guest blog post from High Camp Home! They offer design services, furnishings, and decorative accessories to help their clients achieve the warmth of a luxurious lodge in their very own homes. We are pleased to have Lauren Atwell on Arcadian Home, who is a freelance writer and aspiring home decorator based out of Dallas.

During warm months, heat becomes exhausting. Who wouldn’t want the upholstery in their home to help them cool down when they need to relax? The following upholstery helps do just that:

Cotton, linen, hemp and leather are comfortable, breathable fabrics that are perfect as upholstery in your home when temperatures are warm – seasonally or permanently. Here’s a little more information about these options to help you decide which is right for your home.

Cotton Living Room

Light Linen Sofa

Linen: For pieces like sofas, loveseats and other furniture that see a lot of wear, linen is not the best choice because it wrinkles and stains more easily than other fabrics. However, for furniture used less frequently, linen can add a fresh feel to a sunny room. Added air flow from the more loosely woven fabric makes linen cooler than most other options.

Canvas Patio Furniture

Canvas: Canvas, a popular choice for slipcovers, can add a sunny personality to a sunny room. Its resistance to ripping and scratching is appreciated by pet owners and parents with small children. Animal hair or spilled milk, when it gets dirty, simply toss it in the washing machine. 

Hemp Pillow

Hemp: Hemp is the longest natural staple fiber on earth. Hemp, an eco-friendly fabric, is extremely durable and strong, yet also soft. It is a good choice for upholstery that receives a lot of use. Hemp upholstery can take on any amount of washing and usage.

White Leather Sofa

Leather: Leather is the most durable furniture upholstery, and it is also the best material for warm climates. It’s a choice that communicates prestige and success. Think about it: all luxury automobiles come with leather upholstery. Its rich appearance can easily make a piece covered in it the centerpiece of any room. And, as long as a house is air conditioned, you can always count on leather furniture to be the coolest spot in the house.

Leather is undoubtedly the easiest material to clean. Many stores sell disposable one-time-use wipes specifically designed for leather furniture, which make the cleaning process quick and painless. Pet owners especially appreciate this benefit.

Leather is also the most adaptable material for homes. It is visually appealing in all types of home interiors – traditional, contemporary, rustic, Spanish, or French. 

Rich Brown Leather Sofa

I hope this information is helpful to you – whether you’re purchasing new furniture or reupholstering your current collection. Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

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2012 Lighting Trends: European and Medieval Influencing

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

It is no surprise that trends and looks tend to cycle themselves, especially when it comes to fashion and interior design. Many of today’s more popular looks are being influenced by designs that were created more than 100 or 200 years ago. Medieval inspired Chandeliers and light fixtures are no exception to this rule. Here’s the low down on these European and Medieval inspired looks for 2012.

European Style Bedroom Chandelier

Rustic Styling

A subtle blend of rustic styling can help give a more medieval feel to a variety of light fixtures. Rustic, reclaimed, recycled and repurposed light fixtures are popping up everywhere and for good reason. These looks are extremely versatile and tend to fit a variety of decors from traditional to industrial to ultra modern.

Reclaimed Wrought Iron Pendant Light

Furthermore, it’s easy to blend multiple styles in a single light fixture, especially when one of those styles is rustic. For example, a rustic base with clean lined, modern lights can be particularly trendy and easy to blend in with a variety of home decors.

Modern Rustic Pendant Lighting

Round Chandeliers, Pendant Lights

Another trendy medieval inspired look is the round chandelier. These light fixtures feature a large circular loop with lights evenly spaced out. It is a more traditional, old world style chandelier and not like the more intricate or Victorian styled chandeliers that many people today are familiar with.

Round Rustic Chandelier

These rounded chandeliers, like many light fixtures, come in a variety of sizes, colors and styles, so they’re extremely versatile. They’re ideal for over large round dining tables, kitchen islands or even in bedrooms or other spaces in the home.

Large Tuscan Table and Wrought Iron Chandelier

Circular hand-worked wrought iron looks are especially trendy. They can be blended with a variety of light shades to suit a variety of home decors, which makes them extremely versatile light fixtures. However, stainless steel finishes and oil rubbed bronze finishes are also good choices.

Wrought Iron Living Room Chandelier

European Influencing

European influencing is a bit broader of a term. It can refer to a wide array of looks, so it’s important to keep this in mind. However, it’s also important to note that there are a wide array of European inspired styles for light fixtures out there on the market currently.

Victorian Style Crystal Chandelier

For example, Victorian styled and crystal embellished wall sconces, pendant lights, chandeliers and more, are all extremely trendy currently. They feature a classic look that suits a variety of spaces from traditional to modern, which makes them particularly appealing.

Music Room Crystal Chandelier

Other looks include Baroque inspired wall sconces and chandeliers, Tuscan or Italian styled pendant lights and ceiling lights, renaissance styled fixtures, and many, many more.

When looking for trendy light fixtures, it’s important to take into account your budget and your predicted lifespan for the fixtures. If you plan to keep these light fixtures for several years, you should opt for a light fixture you truly love versus a trendy light fixture. Otherwise you will find that your home feels dated sooner rather than later. Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

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Light Fixture Trends: Dark Finishes

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

As the trends in the interior design world change, so do the trends in the world of home lighting. With light fixtures, you’ll start to notice more people favoring darker finishes over lighter finishes. Here’s the low down on the dark finish trend for light fixtures and how to incorporate it into your existing home decor.

All About Dark Finishes

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In recent years, lighter finishes including a variety of silvers and nickels, were all the rage for light fixtures. In fact, your home wasn’t modern without a few silver toned light fixtures. In recent months, that trend is changing significantly and the public’s favor is shifting toward darker finishes for their homes, (and not just for light fixtures, but that’s another story).

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One of the more popular finishes re-emerging on the market is the use of bronze finishes. Oil rubbed bronzes are especially popular for light fixtures. They tend to feature a darker body but the finer details may be of a lighter color due to the natural tendencies of the oil rubbed finish. Bronze in general tends to be a darker, earthy color that is perfect for complimenting a variety of decors.

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Other trendy bronze finishes include aged bronze, antique bronze, burnished bronze, crackled bronze, dark bronze, French bronze, oxidized bronze and weathered bronze. Though these are all shades of bronze, they give a different look to the light fixtures, so be open to looking at different shades while shopping.

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Another darker finish that’s making a stand in the world of light fixtures is black. Though many people feel that black is too daring, it does fit the qualifications for this particular trend and furthermore, black is a classic color. It’s a clean, crisp look that comes back year after year, no matter what the trends are. Therefore, it’s no surprise that it’s trendy this year.

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Other trendy finishes to keep an eye out for if you’re planning to update your home’s light fixtures include wrought iron, pecan finishes, rustic or aged finishes, oxidized brass finishes, oxidized iron, and oak finishes.

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In the end, don’t be afraid to invest in trendy finishes. It’s important to recognize that when it comes to light fixtures, there are a limited number of choices. So even if you find that your chosen finish is out this year, you’ll find that it will be back in in the following years. In fact, this is true of every light fixture finish and color, eventually it will always cycle back into trend. Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

Go here to see a vast collection of chandeliers with a dark finish.

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Lighting Trends: Spring and Summer 2012

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Today we would like to share a collection of the latest light fixtures and lighting trends for Spring and Summer 2012. We hope you find them as inspiring as we do!

Lighting Trends

Unique, unexpected shapes are becoming more and more popular when it comes to lighting. This stunning custom made ceiling light picks up on the geometric shapes in the abstract paintings.

Lighting Trends

Not only is this amazing cascading chandelier eye-catching and unexpected, but its highly reflective quality represents another popular trend for this year. It’s easy to see why!

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This cool, modern kitchen features plenty of lighting, from recessed lights to brilliantly reflective pendant lights over the island. This is perfect expert lighting.

Lighting Trends

Kitchen lighting is a vital element to your design. Rustic, contemporary interiors are incredibly popular, and it’s no different when it comes to lighting. This re-purposed whisk light shade gives new life to an old kitchen item and makes a wonderful decoration.

Lighting Trends

 Organic shapes inspired by nature are increasingly popular in home designs. This lovely pendant light is inspired by the bulbous shape of dandelions, and makes a striking focal point in this room.

Lighting Trends

While dark, matte paint colors become more common, contrasting contemporary lighting fixtures provide a wonderful accent piece, like this kitchen pendant light.

Lighting Trends

These Pyrex glass bowls have been transformed into charming pendant lights, perfect for any kitchen. Recycling ordinary items into functional, fun accent pieces is a major trend for this year.

Lighting Trends

The bold color trend of the season is, of course, tangerine. This simple pendant lights show off the beautiful hue and add a bright pop of color to this fairly monochrome living room. Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

Which of these trends is your favorite? Let us know in the comments! And be sure to stop by Arcadian Lighting for a brilliant contemporary light fixture to complement your kitchen lighting scheme! 

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Light Fixture Trends: Flat Finishes

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Up until recently, high gloss and lacquer-style finishes have been all the rage, especially when it comes to pendant lights. In recent months, light fixtures that feature a flat or matte finish have grown in popularity. We can expect to see this trend continue for many more months, even years, as there a plethora of benefits to this particular look. Here’s the low down on flat finishes for light fixtures.

Flat Finishes for Light Fixtures

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Flat finishes can be used on just about any color for light fixtures and in many instances, flat finishes are preferred over glossier finishes. You’ll find that flat finishes compliment a variety of colors including bronze, silver, nickel, gold, brass and colored finishes such as white, black, pink or blue.

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Also known as matte finishes, the flat finish is ideal because it allows focus to remain on the other details of the light fixture. For example, if you’ve got a chandelier with cascades of crystals, you want the focus to be on all of the intricate crystals, not on the color of the finish. A flat finish allows the crystals to stand out and draw the eye in, rather than causing too much visual stimulation with a glossier finish behind the crystals.

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Another huge benefit to flat or matte finishes on light fixtures is that they won’t show dirt or smudges as easily as high gloss or polished light fixtures. This is especially true for table lamps and floor lamps, as well as wall sconces, pendant lights and ceiling lights.

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Aside from the finish type, there are a number of different colors that are also growing in popularity, especially when paired with a flat or matte finish. If you are looking to update your home keep an eye out for bronze finishes, which are trendy and will likely remain trendy for several more years. Black is also growing in popularity, so keep this in mind as well.

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Flat or matte finishes give a more subdued look to the light fixtures in a home. They can be great for busy families because they don’t show smudges as easily, but they can also feel dingy due to the lack of a glossy finish. When updating your home’s light fixtures, be sure to check out all of your options before making a final decision. Light fixtures are not updated as often as the rest of a home’s decor, so be sure that you are willing to live with your choice for at least five years, if not longer. Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

Wether you want to see more examples of the flat finish or are in the market for something a bit more glossy, go here to see plenty of wall sconces.

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2012 Lighting Trends: Resin Lamps

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Resin lamps themselves are not a new concept, but they are growing significantly in popularity in recent years. In 2012, you can expect to see an increase in resin lamps on the market, as these light fixtures have proven themselves to be extremely versatile in both style, size and shape. Here’s the low down on resin lamps in 2012.

2012 Lighting Trends: Resin Lamps

 What is Resin?

Resin can be either natural or synthetic, though with lighting fixtures, a synthetic variety tends to be more commonly used as natural resins can be extremely flammable. Synthetic or artificial resins are more versatile in the respect that they can be colored various hues; whereas natural resins tend to have a natural brown or amber coloring to them that is difficult to remove or recolor.

2012 Lighting Trends: Resin Lamps

Synthetic resins can be used to create molds, which are perfect for creating bases for lamps and other light fixtures. Synthetic resins are also safer and easier to cure or stabilize, which is ideal for production, especially when it comes to light fixtures.

Resin Lamps and other Resin Light Fixtures

Resin lamps typically feature a traditional shape or style but the look of the resin mold gives it a modern, updated look. Urn shapes, which are popular with the traditional style of decor, are particularly popular with resin lamps. These resin lamps come in a wide array of colors from aquamarine to mustard yellow and everything in between.

2012 Lighting Trends: Resin Lamps

As with any trend, there are certain colors that are more popular than others. With resin lamps, look for hues such as tangerine, mustard yellow, plum purple and various shades of gray, which are also popular if you’re looking for a more neutral but still modern styled set of resin lamps. Other popular colors to keep an eye out for include aquamarine, grass green and poppy red.

2012 Lighting Trends: Resin Lamps

Of course, it should be no surprise that resin isn’t just popping up in the world of table lamps. Resin light fixtures are everywhere from chandeliers (or chandelettes) to wall sconces and everything in between. With this in mind, recognize that resin is a widely used material and it comes in a wide array of looks. For the trendiest looks, you’ll want to opt for resin lamps and other light fixtures that feature a somewhat see-through, more translucent or transparent.

2012 Lighting Trends: Resin Lamps

While resin itself won’t go away any time soon, the trend in which colorful but translucent table lamps and other light fixtures are popular will only stick around for a limited time. This trendy look is great for children’s rooms, bedrooms and other spaces in the home that need a touch of whimsy or color. If you’re looking to update your lamps, consider a set of resin lamps for your space. Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

Feeling inspired? Go check out our vast selection of pendant lights here and many other types of lighting fixtures.

 

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Top 5 Lighting Trends for 2012

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

If you’re contemplating updating any space in your home, you’re probably wondering what the latest and greatest trends are in lighting and light fixtures. Knowing the trends can help you choose light fixtures that not only suit your space, but will give your home a more updated look. Here’s the low down on the top 5 trendiest looks for light fixtures in 2012.

Light Hues

Top 5 Lighting Trends for 2012

For various light fixtures, from table lamps to chandeliers, lighter tones and hues are particularly popular in 2012. This includes hues such as grays and other neutrals, as well as naturals and pastels. This can apply to the finishes of various light fixtures, the bases or the shades. A perfect example of this trend would be a set of lamps may feature a pastel colored base with natural linen lamp shades.

If It Ain’t Baroque…

Top 5 Lighting Trends for 2012

Baroque is a relatively new revival style in which exaggerated shapes and forms from the Baroque period (starting around the 1600s) have been reinvented with a modern flair to suit today’s needs. This style has been affecting light fixtures of all kinds from chandeliers to lamps to wall sconces to pendant lights and beyond. This style also features a plethora of shapes, sizes and colors, making it a surprisingly versatile look.

Crystals

Top 5 Lighting Trends for 2012

In the contemporary world, crystals have reemerged and are reigning supreme. They’re being found on just about every light fixture from table lamps to wall sconces to ceiling fixtures and of course, on chandeliers. When opting for a crystal light fixture, choose one with clean lines and modern styling, as these looks will last for years to come, even when the surge in popularity dies down.

Nature Inspired Lights

Top 5 Lighting Trends for 2012

Though not quite readily available to the majority of markets, nature inspired lights are growing significantly in popularity. This style typically refers to light fixtures that mimic the look of various nature-inspired elements, such as a bouquet of flowers or trees. Though this look is beautiful, it can be quite expensive and furthermore, somewhat difficult to find. However, it is also worth noting that this trend can also refer to more contemporary looks. For example, a set of table lamps whose bases mimic the look of a tree or branch paired with contemporary styled drum shades made from a linen fabric.

Wall Sconces

Top 5 Lighting Trends for 2012

Finally, wall sconces are another trend that is reemerging on the scene. These light fixtures are great for many reasons: first, in a small space, wall sconces can take the place of floor or table lamps, thus saving valuable floor or table space. Secondly, they’re surprisingly easy to install and not all require hard-wiring. Furthermore, they come in a large variety of styles, shapes and sizes so you can find wall sconces to suit just about any space desired.

These are just a few of the many different lighting trends out there. Chances are, if you are looking to update your home’s lighting, there is a trend out there that will suit not only your needs and your budget, but also your style. Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

Turn your design ideas into a reality, browse through our selection of kitchen lights. With thousands to choose from you are bound to find one that fits both your style and budget.

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