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  • Statement Kitchen Island Lighting

    Statement Kitchen Island Lighting Ideas

    Kitchen island lighting has the opportunity to create the 'wow' factor you're looking for.

    One of the first things people comment on when they walk into my kitchen is the lighting. A nod to my love of wine, two huge glass demijohns hang over the island.

    Glass Pendants For The Kitchen

    Pair two glass pendant lights over the kitchen island for designer style.

    When it comes to choosing kitchen island lights, I say, go big or go home!

    If you're in the market for something similar, here are some of my favorites from Lamps Plus:

    Glass Bottle Chandelier

    Glass Bottle Chandelier

    This huge glass chandelier is made with fifty two vintage glass bottles! It will definitely give your kitchen a 'wow' factor, while still being more understated than a crystal chandelier.

    Industrial Kitchen Lighting

    Industrial Kitchen Chandelier

    This sleek light comes complete with Edison bulbs and perfectly marries vintage and industrial styles. The rectangular shape makes it perfect for a kitchen island.

    Lantern Pendant Light

    Lantern Chandelier

    Picture two of these large lantern style pendants as the cherry hanging atop an island. The glass-less design gives these traditional lights an instant update.

    Gold Pendant Light

    Gold Glass Pendant

    Add a bit of bling with this gold foil pendant light which pairs perfectly with brass accessories or be daring and mix it with silver, pewter or bronze knobs and drawer pulls.

    Glass Flower Pendant

    Glass Flower Chandelier

    Glass blossoms would bring glamour to any kitchen, popping against a background of colorful cabinets.

    When it comes to choosing island lighting for your kitchen, have fun with it and don’t forget the fun 'wow' factor opportunity.

    Image credits: Eclectically Vintage

  • Bright Lighting For Gray Home Style

    Bright Lighting For Gray Interior Design

    Here are some lighting tips for gray interiors.

    While Marsala may be the color of the year, gray is still hot and lighting gray rooms can be tricky.

    Naturally, A Prefect Gray had perfect pictures for us to enjoy. I’m crazy for gray in its many forms and think of it as a neutral albeit tricky when implemented in already dark or quirky spaces. Gray can be moody or bright and crisp...it all depends on shade and lighting (pun intended).

    Crystal Chandelier Lighting

    The Chrome and Crystal 12-Light Chandelier is a timeless choice.

    Hanging crystal chandeliers can without a doubt brighten up a gray room and can look fabulous in an industrial room like the one above. The formality of the light fixture against the gray metal doors is quite inventive.

    Designer Wall Lights

    Wall Sconces - Modern version of an Art Decor light?

    Tight gray spaces like a hall or nook can always benefit from beautiful wall sconces. I happen to love antique brass against gray walls like in these pictures.

    Lighter shades will naturally cast more light in a space and the addition of wall mirrors will reflect that light in smaller spaces. 

    Kitchen Lighting

    Keep things simple with Pendant Lighting.

    Gray kitchens are still novel, but can look smashing if done right. If I design a gray kitchen I make sure there is plenty of natural light streaming in to offset the deep hue.

    Also, bright counters will help tame the richness of walls and cabinets and simple contemporary pendants or kitchen track lighting will create proper work and task lighting.

    Traditional Table Lamps

    A formal table lamp can be sculptural in a contemporary room.

    Not all table lamps are created equal, but all are totally useful. An eclectic gray space would benefit from decorative table lamps.

    I love this gallery/bar vignette. It’s clearly a more formal spot intended to be enjoyed at night and thus the dark shade works perfectly while it balances the crisp black and white pictures.

    Photo credits: A Perfect Gray

  • The Romantic Vintage-Inspired Closet

    With Valentine's Day around the corner, I am all over dreamy, romantic images with unobtrusive uses of blush pinks and floral accents. When I came across this image from House Beautiful I immediately knew I wanted to figure out how to recreate this look.

    This is the perfect, vintage-inspired dream closet. So you don't have to drool over this image much longer we will help you get the look below....!

    The real showstopper in both our inspiration image - and any room really - is a beautiful crystal chandelier. Specifically incorporating pink-tinted crystal lighting marries together vintage, romantic and feminine design in the most perfect way.

    If you're having trouble finding that perfect, Marie Antoinette chandelier at the flea market, a recreation of a vintage piece will do the trick! The small flower details on the Pink Flower and Crystal 20" Wide Chandelier make this the perfect focal point for creating your romantic closet oasis.

    Purple Upholstered Armchair A lady is always in need of a pretty place to sit while debating which pair of stilettos pair best with her fluffy white puppy. Tufting, two-tone pink, lavender damask and a hand carved wood frame make the Dobson Bouquet Dana Accent Chair a ladies new best friend. 

    With two major focal points in your new dream closet owning their pink tone, the rest of the room should be subtle and complimentary while still having a romantic, antique feel.

    Start off with the Meridian Cut Corner 26 3/4" x 35 1/2" Oval Wall Mirror to add some beautiful, art deco lines while antique mirror finishes add reflection to your space.

    Finding a nook for a Rose Gold Mirrored 4x6 Picture Frame or two featuring your loved ones is the perfect romantic touch. Plus - rose gold and true gold pair perfectly with pink without being overpowering.

    Lastly, some fresh flowers are the ultimate accessory for a romantic closet. Putting them in a white or ivory vase lets the color of the flowers pop and shine. I love the tiny floral detailing of the Flori Small White Ceramic Vase. Its a beautiful vessel for your daily picks!

    Image credit: House Beautiful

  • Glamorous Mirrors and Sconces in Bathrooms

    Years ago I traded a builder grade cabinet and bland overhead vanity light with an updated look in our hall bathroom and it's a medley you'll see over and over again in a designer space.

    The trick is simple: pair a modern wall mirror that suits the style of your home with a set of contemporary sconces flanking the mirror and you’ll achieve a fresh and fabulous look.

    Many builders in non-custom homes install frameless mirrors the width of the vanity because it is easy and inexpensive to do so but the look can leave a bathroom feeling far too ordinary without the shapes or accents that differentiate the space.

    Glamorous Mirrors and Sconces For Your Bathrooms

    Stylish mirrors and pretty sconces will easily update every bathroom.

    Consider a replacement such as a rustic wood mirror to add texture and cool chrome sconces for contrast.

    In this space above by Jennifer Worts Design, rustic wood appears on the vanity and in the mirror frames while contemporary chrome sconces and faucets add elegance. Get a similar look with the Gardere Wood Mirror and George Kovacs Chrome Wall Sconce.

    Classic Bathroom Style Ideas

    Classic style bathroom with scalloped mirror.

    A more traditional vanity with bun feet is enhanced by hanging a shapely scalloped mirror above it and adding two shiny silver sconces in a transitional style. Find similar pieces in the Kichler Silver Scallop Mirror and the Brushed Steel Sconce.

    Stylish Bathroom Design With Mirrors And Sconces

    Pairing beautiful mirrors and sconces for a stylish bathroom design.

    If you want the wow factor, seek out a mirror and sconces in contrasting but eye-catching shapes, both linear and curvaceous. This beautiful bathroom by Veranda Interiors shows just how beautifully they partner together. Capture the same stunning look with the Possini Midtown High Chrome Bar Light and the Lawson White MIrror.

    It's an easy way to have a modern bathroom with designer style, mix a stunning statement mirror with a pair of chic sconces in a style that both makes you happy and complements your home and you can't go wrong.

    Image credits: Jennifer Worts Design, Jute Home, Veranda Interiors

  • Tips For Cleaning Your Crystal Chandelier

    Crystal Chandeliers

    Over here at Lamps Plus, we're serious about our crystal chandeliers. We love giving tips regarding not only style, but maintaining that style.

    Below are tips on how to clean your chandelier so they stay shiny and dazzling!

    Chandelier Cleaning

    Our team provides everything you'll need to know in this You Tube video below. But to get you started, make sure you have the following:

    1. Step ladder

    2. Padding 

    3. Soft cleaning cloth

    4. Cleaning product