27 Oct How to Shop for Lighting + My Favorite New Fixtures
Just like the perfect pair of shoes or a killer pair of earrings complete an outfit, lighting completely transforms the mood and feel of a room. Chandeliers, pendants, floor lamps, table lamps, sconces—the list goes on and on—can truly make or break your design, taking it from kind-of-ok, to truly exceptional.
It’s this transformative quality that makes choosing the right lighting such a scary proposition. Believe me, even after a decade and a half of designing, lighting still makes my hand tremble a little when ordering.
When shopping for lighting there are a lot of things to consider: size of space, type of fixture, style of room, etc. So, I’ve come up with a cheat sheet to get you started on the right path to find the perfect fixture.
Keep scrolling for a few lighting fixtures that I’m currently infatuated with.
How to Shop for Lighting
What do you want your lighting to do? Consider large-scale floor lamps to maximize light in a dimly space with no existing overhead lighting. Add layers to your rooms with table lamps for task lighting (stay away from matching sets), and wall sconces to highlight artwork or architectural features.
Throughout the day, natural light changes the way a room looks, so consider if you need a lot or a little light in your room. Think about when you typically use the space, maybe a small table lamp is all you need in an office because enough sunlight pours in during the day when you are at your desk.
So you’re in love with a tall arch floor lamp. You best have the space to spread out the rest of your furniture or you’ll find a lamp hanging in your face as you sit in your armchair. Conversely, tiny table lamps in a huge great room are going to get lost.
Lighting is the jewelry of a room. Make a statement and work with bold colors, different types of finishes, and stylish shapes and shades.
Buy the best you can afford. Cheap looks cheap. Figure out how much you can comfortably spend then start shopping for the perfect pieces. Take into account the cost for bulbs as well (i.e. LED) they can add up quickly.
A Few of My Favorite Lighting Sources
John Pomp: Optic Marble Sconce, $$$
I love the marble-like glass of this sconce, and the brushed metal casts a warm glow.
RH Modern: Boule De Cristal Single Sconce, $
For a cool refracted light effect, this crystal sconce adds a bit of whimsy.
Zebra meets industrial. This is the wall sconce you want if you’re tired of the traditional designs.
Bleu Nature: Lamp Outline, $$
This lamp oozes modern cool. Painted, twisted wood and a sleek white shade are perfect for an updated twist on faux bois.
Dunes and Duchess: Sailor’s Knot Floor Lamp, $
The ornate traditional style in a bright blue is the perfect balance of sweet and cool.
BuzziShade: Floor Lamp, $$$
For the avid book reader, this giant floor lamp casts the perfect light for your next page-turner.
Pentreath & Hall: Spring Resin Lamp, $
Add a pop of color with this oh-so-cool pink/red table statement lamp.
Anthropologie: Porcelain & Walnut Lamp Ensemble, $$
For a bit of retro, this porcelain and wood table lamp adds a little 70s vibe to a space.
Porta Romana: Duck Feet Lamp, $$$
Who said lamps have to all look the same. This Duck Feet Lamp is your next conversation piece.
Robert Abbey: Bling Chandelier, $$
A cool take on a traditional chandelier without the fussiness.
Tom Kirk: Facet Chandelier, $$$$
A major statement piece. The gold that peeks through the silver is so glam.
Moooi: Raimond Suspension Light, $$
These pendant lights are great for filling cavernous vaulted ceilings. Looking a bit like a dandelion, they also lend a subtle feminine twist to a space.
Lindsey Adelman: Cherry Bomb Chandelier, $$$$
This Cherry Bomb Chandelier is a showstopper. With this kind of functional artwork in your space keep the rest of the furnishings simple.