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Ready or not, here come the HOLIDAYS!

Rich in family traditions, holiday celebrations are about coming together at full tables with even fuller hearts to rejoice with family over food in the comfort of home.  There is not a busier time of year for our dining rooms- which makes it the perfect time to make sure this space is wonderfully lit and on trend!  Follow our simple style guide for inspiration for your dining room transformation this year.

COASTAL

Can’t get enough of that beachy style?  You don’t need to live near the shore to embrace this look.  Make your home feel like a vacation all year round by incorporating nautical accents and iconic stripes into your decor.  Natural woven materials and tinted glass make the Outer Banks collection from Troy Lighting a perfect coastal choice for your dining room.

Style Tip: Try choosing white-washed wood finishes on your dining room furniture for a more carefree and breezy appearance.  Layer the room with natural fiber rugs and a mixture of nautical stripes and plaids in your fabric choices.

 

ARTISANAL VINTAGE

Vintage inspired style is making a big comeback.  Do you love distressed finishes, chipped paint and soft romantic prints?  If so, then this is the look for you!  The Chateau collection from Capital Lighting combines weathered metal finishes and simple wooden beading to evoke an aged and authentic feel.  This perfectly imperfect look brings nostalgic style and casual elegance to the table…literally.

Style Tip:  Pair with pretty vintage glassware and mixed patterned china for an informal, yet elegant finish.

 

RUSTIC

This look is inspired by nature and has a comfortably casual feel.  Think warm wood tones, earthy color palettes and reclaimed materials.  Rustic does not have to feel lodge-like, however.  The bold, open-work design of the Emilie series, from Hinkley’s Fredrick Ramond line, exudes a relaxed rustic style with a modern edge.  The vintage, edison-style lamping gives this piece a restored vibe- perfect for those who prefer that aged and storied look.

Style Tip: Think terra cotta centerpieces and fall botanicals for your tablescape. Finish off the look with natural woven linens and hammered iron accents.  You will have relaxed and rustic perfection.

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The leaves have started to fall and Halloween is just around the corner, which means one thing in the lighting world…DARKNESS.  In the excitement this crisp seasonal change brings, it also carries a yearn for more light.  The evenings start a little earlier now, lingering into darker morning rises, often reminding us of our areas of shadow in the home- making it harder to curl up with that book, or finish that work deadline on our computers, or even read the paper before the rest of our house has awoken.  More light is imperative this time of year and we are here to help!  Here’s our quick guide on how to best brighten up your space this season with portable lamps.

MIX IT UP

Use a mix of table and floor lighting!  Floor and table lamps go together like peanut butter and jelly.  We don’t often recommend one without the other.  They provide different layers of illumination and fulfill different needs, but will work harmoniously together to better light your space.  Don’t be intimidated- that large floor lamp will not only add visual interest and definition to your room, but will provide a higher level of lumen output and add an additional layer of ambient lighting that we desperately require this time of year.  These don’t have to “match”, and in fact, we’d prefer they didn’t!  A trendy and structural tripod floor lamp, can pair beautifully with a metal or ceramic table lamp.  A third, and more task-style desk lamp may also be added in a nearby reading area. One suggestion- keep your fabric shade styles similar in shape and color. This will help ease the merge of different pieces into your room for a more seamless and cohesive look.

PLACEMENT MATTERS

Consider exactly where your lighting needs are within your room, and what type of lighting will provide the best solution.  Are you desperately in need of better reading or task lighting?  Where is it that you read the most?  Having a small task lamp near the end of the sofa, or beside your favorite chair is a good place to start.  Which portion of your space seems the darkest overall?  Placing a tall floor lamp near the edge of this area will completely transform the room.  One trick?  Use your wall space.  The more surface area the light source has to reflect off of, the farther your light will travel.  That forgotten corner area is often a missed luminary opportunity!

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The all and mighty portable lamp.  Many may have forgotten it’s duty and pledged illuminating purpose, but not those lighting buffs who truly grasp the importance that great portable lighting serves. No…not us.  We are here to enlighten you (pun intended) on why you shall never forget the addition of portable pieces in your home.  Here are six great examples of how the right lamp can enhance your current illumination situation!

 

THE FAVE FLOOR LAMP

A fresh take on an old favorite, floor lamps can definitely add some style and scale to your room.  This Adrian lamp from Uttermost is constructed of solid cast steel, and finished in a beautiful aged gunmetal.  Boasting 150 watts of light through it’s wide, white linen shade makes it a perfect addition to brighten up that gloomy living space.  Pro Tip:  Place this near or behind a sofa or chair in the corner of your room.  The added wall surface will act as a reflective launching pad, providing more lumen spread throughout your interior space.

 

THE BEDSIDE BEAUTY

A great bedside table lamp should be as beautiful to look at as it is functional.  The Castilla gold leaf lamp from Dimond Lighting is perfectly sized for a small nightstand area and is equipped with a 100 watt medium-based bulb, so you will have plenty of light for that late night read.  It’s pretty proportion is adorned with a soft gold finish and clear glass body, making it a stylish and transitional choice- perfect for most any decor.

 

THE ARTFUL ACCENT

Sometimes your space just needs a little something special, a statement piece that really highlights your style.  The Hubbardton Forge Encounter lamp is just that- an artful accent that just happens to be illuminated with LED technology!  This organic sculpture is innovative, artisanal and an amazing example of how impressionable the right lighting can be.

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