Hello readers! I have been getting lots of requests to add a "home style" section to my blog and I thought that it would be fun to have my friend Kelley, who is an award winning interior designer to give us some tips instead! I hope you all enjoy this post and if you do, let me know. Maybe I can convince her to write another one! :)
There are a few home décor items that tend to be easily overlooked when you’re in the selection process. By ‘overlooked’ I don’t mean that you’ve forgotten them altogether, but that the selections tend to be boring and ‘safe’ (if I see another beige area rug with a beige sofa on it I might lose it). These items, if chosen properly, can add that touch that your room was missing, and will always spark conversations amongst your guests.
One of those items is decorative lighting – table lamps, floor lamps, ceiling lamps, sconces, chandeliers, etc. etc. (and if you’re curious, the other items are area rugs and art). You don’t necessarily have to be made of money to buy unique pieces for your home (although some that I’m suggesting will cost you a pretty penny, they will stand the test of time!). You just need to think outside the box.
Photo credit: Lamps Plus
Go retro with this George Kovacs arc floor lamp. Great in living rooms, it will add a sleek but fun look to your space.
You can’t go wrong with classic stripes. This swag chandelier is great because it doesn’t require a J-Box in your ceiling. You can just plug it in to an outlet like you would any other lamp. Think about swag lamps instead of table lamps in your living room or even in a bedroom over your nightstands.
Keep it real with this Black Forest table lamp from Hudson Furniture. How I love this lamp! Work it in to a sleek, modern room to give it a bit of unexpected texture.
Make a statement with this Atlantis chandelier, also from Hudson Furniture. Words cannot express how I feel about this fixture. I can’t even call it a ‘fixture’. It’s a work of art.
Looking for something a little simpler? West Elm’s Globe Lamp is great. Just by changing the proportion of the shade to the base, they’ve given a new look to an old standard.
I hope this has inspired you to replace those ten dollar paper shade lamps you bought when you were in college and step it up a bit! It doesn’t take much to liven up your space, just a little thought and voila! Let there be light!
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Update: Kelley wanted to share another alternative to the Arc Floor Lamp show above with this one from Dania, as well as the original Arco Floor Lamp from Design Within Reach.
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