Lighting Design Tips

When it comes to interior design there are as many styles as there are personality types.  But what if you don’t know what your personal style is?  Here’s a brief overview of some design styles to help you decide which one fits your home the best.

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Art Deco design has an air of glamour and sophisticated elegance.  It features bold geometric patterns and mirrored accents.  Art Deco is all about shine — lighting fixtures with polished chrome and brass, furniture with lacquer, polished wood and metal, glossy paint, and glass tops.  The classic Art Deco palette consists of two colors — black and white.


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Arts and Crafts, or Craftsman style, focuses on simple form, without extraneous decoration.  Wood is the single most important element in Arts and Crafts design.  Wood used in the architecture of the home and in furniture is stained, rather than painted, to showcase the natural beauty of the grain.  Earthy colors of browns and greens are used in this design style.  Since Arts and Crafts puts little emphasis on accessorizing, lighting is one of the only real accents.  Mica and Tiffany glass lamps and fixtures work well in an Arts and Crafts style home. Hinkley_Congress_3133AN_3134AN_3135AN_FR83661BNI_hi res

As you would assume, Coastal design is inspired by the ocean.  Having lots of windows is
key to Coastal design.  They allow sunlight to shine in, creating a bright and airy atmosphere.  To bring a Coastal feel to your home, use whites and creams with blue and green accent colors.  Nautical or beach-themed accessories are perfect accents for a coastal cottage inspired room.


Contemporary design has clean, sleek lines and uses solid colors.  When creating a Contemporary space, choose furniture and accessories with bold punches of color.  Ceiling fans, lighting fixtures, and decorative hardware with polished nickel, pewter, or chrome finishes work well in a contemporary space.



If you prefer a feminine look, English Country decor may be right for you.  Lush chintz
patterns in greens, reds, pinks, and blues are commonly used in English Country decor.  English Country style homes are filled with carved wooden furniture, overstuffed sofas with tufting, and skirted furniture mixed with antiques and lots of small decorative accessories.


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French design is ornate and decorative, characterized by rich details and extensive use of gold, bronze, and gilt.  Often, one color or fabric is repeated throughout the space.  A French home has antique or heirloom furniture and dramatic window treatments.



A popular interior design trend over the past few years has been Industrial style.  This decor uses raw materials, such as reclaimed wood, exposed brick, sheet metal, bare bulbs, and distressed leather.  An open floor plan is a hallmark of the look.  Lighting manufacturers have responded to this trend by developing fixtures that have antique looking bulbs and bronze, weathered steel, and distressed black finishes.

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Originating in the 1950s and ’60s, Mid-Century Modern is a design style characterized by simplicity, functionality, and natural shapes.  Molded plastic, natural wood, and aluminum are frequently used in Mid-Century Modern pieces.  Bold geometrics, strong curves, and whimsical motifs give rooms a graphic punch.  Statement lighting, such as Sputnik chandeliers, Bubble lights, and Arco floor lamps, are key to Mid-Century Modern design.



Mediterranean design is inspired by the coastal regions of Spain, Greece, and Italy.  It uses bold jewel tones, such as emerald green, lapis blue, and sunflower yellow, set against earth-toned backdrops.  Furniture pieces are large, sturdy, rustic, and hand-carved.  Wrought iron is used in  cabinet hardware, lighting fixtures, and architectural elements of the home.  In Mediterranean design, velvet, linen, and tapestry fabrics hang against textured, plaster walls.


G14_5470_smTraditional design uses classic styling and symmetry.  This look is all about balance, from architecture to furniture placement.  The color palette for Traditional decor is usually in the mid-tones, and fabrics usually have simple florals, stripes, or plaids.  Crystal chandeliers and fixtures with antique brass, bronze, and copper finishes complement Traditional decor nicely.


If you like to blend elements from both contemporary and traditional decorating, Transitional decor is your style.  This style is casual and inviting, with simple, clean lines that are neither harsh nor ornate.  The Transitional look uses warm neutral colors, such as cream, taupe, khaki, gray, and brown.  Choose lighting fixtures with clean lines and a softer finish, like satin nickel or oil rubbed bronze, to compliment your decor.

The list of design styles goes on and on!  The key is to find the design style that’s right for you — the one that truly reflects your personality.


Sources: Feiss, FROY, HGTV, Hinkley Lighting, Houzz, Kichler Lighting