Small Change, Big Results: Add Dramatic Hanging Lights

A room, or a home, that is otherwise stark and simple can be transformed by adding a dramatic light fixture. Whether a curvaceous chandelier, simple drum shade or paper globe, lighting a room is like adding earrings to an outfit: a bit of bling, a bit of sparkle and whole lot of bang and boom!

Alma's Modern Mezzanine: The drops peeking out from this oversized drum shade echo the points on the Nelson clock and add a bit of whimsy and femininity to an otherwise stark and slightly masculine space.
Francisco's Warm Modern Aesthetic: It would be hard to go wrong with whatever you chose in this gorgeous home with its equally gorgeous views, but the simple light fixture in the living room, with its casual loop of cord, is a sculptural and airy punctuation point to a casual room grounded by simple furniture (added plus — it doesn't compete with the dramatic view).
Robin & Clay's Whimsical Capitol Hill Home: Proving that awesome doesn't have to mean astronomically priced, this simple light fixture from Ikea adds to the triumvirate of white textures (the wall and skull being the other two) to balance out the dramatic pop of the glossy aqua piano.
A Look Inside The Home of Lighting Designer Marjorie Skouras: This whimsical chandelier brings together all of the elements in the room — the exotic headboard, the dark walls, the flirt of the gold chair, and the colorful geometric rug — adding up to a room that, while dark, is never heavy or dull.
Raina & Robert's Modern Farmhouse Makeover: What makes this otherwise simple kitchen? Why, the bright yellow lighting, of course! The vibrant color is what stands out in the space and subs for sculpture in the otherwise utilitarian room.

Lesson learned: Before painting a wall, buying a piece of furniture, or investing in a rug, swap out the light fixture in a room. That small change may be enough to bring your space from blah to beautiful.

(Images: as credited above.)

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