10 Homes with Amazing Lighting

10 Homes with Amazing Lighting

Sarah Coffey
May 4, 2010

Lighting can make a small space seem larger, a modern room look warmer, and a painted wall feel richer. When you really put some thought into your lighting, it shows—it's the last layer of decorating that makes all the difference.

  1. A pendant lamp that casts patterned shadows across the wall adds to the drama of a room.
  2. An inset bar benefits from glass shelves. Flooded with light from above, the shelves and their contents seem more special.
  3. Back-lighting can visually transform cabinets and shelves from heavy storage pieces into lighter, airier objects.
  4. Combine an over-the-top pendant lamp with spotlights to make a room stand apart.
  5. An art collection can be vastly improved by using spotlights to draw attention to the paintings.
  6. Lighting can help to define the style of a room. For instance, the milk-white Deco pendants in the kitchen shown above give the room an early 20th century vibe.
  7. Vintage lighting (drippy chandeliers, Victorian sconces, classical table lamps) can be the perfect complement to curvy modern furniture.
  8. Skylights are great for small spaces, since they open up the ceiling, making a room appear taller and airier.
  9. Different lights create different patterns. The Arco lamp casts unique circles of light on the ceiling above.
  10. Feathers are a totally unexpected material for a pendant lamp, and they feel more comfortable surrounded by elegant objects.

To see the full tour of homes shown above, click through the links in the captions.

Photos: Jill Slater, Gregory Han, Xing, Sparrow King, Dana Hughes, Sarah Coffey, Liezel Strauss

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