When it comes to design, I always appreciate a little touch of the unexpected. And one of my favorite unexpected touches is a modern light fixture in an older home — a brilliant way to lighten and modernize a space while adding a touch of drama. If you're lucky enough to live in a beautifully detailed older home, you'll find plenty to inspire you in this collection of blah old spaces with new lighting. And if you're not, you'll find plenty to feast your eyes on anyway.
In this image from Dwell, a modern chandelier forms a beautiful contrast with the intricate scrollwork in the entryway of a Brooklyn brownstone. Adding a fixture like this one is a way of modernizing an older space without removing the details that make it unique.
In the living room of the same home, another modern chandelier forms a focal point, and fits beautifully into the space's old-meets-new aesthetic.
A minimal Serge Mouille lamp is the perfect complement to the somewhat ostentatious Napoleon III style of this apartment from Vogue Living.
The bare-bones pendant (and the Hans Wegner chairs) provide an intriguing contrast with the more intricate elements of this Belgian apartment from Milk Magazine.
An oversized paper lantern forms the centerpiece of this classically detailed Stockholm space, spotted on T Magazine.
Collector Jean-Christophe Aumas has filled his Paris apartment with an assortment of modern pieces, including this hanging lamp. You can see more of his collection on Dwell.
This 'Les Cordes' chandelier was a custom creation of designer Mathieu Lehanneur for this French chateau, spotted on Dezeen. As such, it might be a little hard to replicate at home, but I could've resist including it because it's just so beautiful.
A modern chandelier lends a light, fresh feel to this space spotted on Jelanie Shop.
An Artichoke lamp — and modern shell chairs — are the perfect choice for adding a lighter touch, and a little bit of contrast, to this Italian palazzo from Archilovers.