Art Trend: A look at LED lighting in Modern Art

Lights were once a basic, necessary piece placed unnoticeably on the wall or ceiling. Homes that used light fixtures as a piece of art were typically higher-priced and decked in an overabundance of expensive décor. Fast-forward a hundred years, and suddenly light fixtures became accent pieces in everyday homes. I remember that my parents’ house had this giant golden chandelier with hundreds of glass raindrops dangling from it. I thought it was the most beautiful thing in the whole world. My parents hated it. They talked about the day a ceiling fan would replace the “tacky thing.” When the chandelier came down, I was devastated. My dad gave me a few of the glass raindrops to keep, and I treasured them in my jewelry box; sadly, I believed they were real diamonds.

Photo by alainlm (Flickr)

Photo by alainlm (Flickr)

In the modern world, light fixtures have come a long way from chandeliers and basic ceiling fans; their style is as important as the painting hung above the fireplace. While light fixtures can change a room’s appearance completely, they can also be used as a piece of art. LED lighting is making a huge impact on today’s modern art.

Modern Light Fixtures Used as Art

Modern art is completely unique, with smooth curves and lines. The variety of shapes and sizes in art makes it easy for LED light fixtures to join in. I enjoy the modern look for its clean lines, but I feel you can’t truly capture the look without adding a few pieces of art in a room. Hanging a picture against the wall is a great way to pull the entire room together, but placing a couple of stand-alone pieces on the floor gives a room that extra modern touch. LED light fixtures have made it possible to have large pieces of art standing in the corner that serve both visual and practical purposes; the art form disguises the light and hides any evidence of eyesore bulbs. If you need lights for end tables, dressers, or cabinets, you can find lamps without the shade that swirl up in twisted forms and shed light from within their curves. For light fixtures that hang from the ceiling, there are plenty out there that are more reserved but still have that modern look and can be used as an art piece in a room.

Light Fixtures Used to Enhance Art

LED lights can be used both as art and in art. While light fixtures can serve as both art and light, LED lights can be added to enhance pieces of art. Placing small lights around a painting in the frame lights the picture and gives it a calming effect during the night that is impossible to overlook. Spotlights on the ceiling can be tilted in the direction of an art piece to capture attention both night and day and make it the focus of a room. LED lights are incredibly convenient to add inside and outside a home and can transform an object into a glowing, breathtaking piece of artwork.

 

By Wendy Weinert

Jimmy Fallon’s art deco studio on ‘The Tonight Show’ and how to get the look in your home

Jimmy Fallon’s art deco studio on ‘The Tonight Show’ and how to get the look in your home

Art deco may have been a popular interior design style during the mid-1920s to 1940s, but the strong style is making a comeback. Just tune into “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and you’ll see just how captivating the art deco style can be. Fallon’s new art deco influenced studio set makes a stunning statement that you simply can’t help admiring – and envying.

While Fallon’s new studio is certainly impressive, there’s no need to be jealous. You may not be from the 1920s or host “The Tonight Show,” but you can still create a striking art deco look just by incorporating these characteristics in your home:

Jimmy Fallon’s art deco studio on ‘The Tonight Show’ and how to get the look in your home

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Eye-catching colors and contrasts

If you watched the premiere of “The Tonight Show,” you might have been laughing along with Fallon’s goofy jokes during the opening monologue. More than likely, you were also noticing the vibrant blue, floor-length curtain behind him. The Art Deco style is all about making a statement, so decorate your home with deep, bright colors and contrast them with metallic colors like gold, silver, or chrome.

Jimmy Fallon’s art deco studio on ‘The Tonight Show’ and how to get the look in your home

Bold geometric shapes

Soft floral prints have no place in an art deco space. Remember the city skyline backdrop behind Fallon’s desk? While you don’t have to decorate your home with skyscrapers, you can give your space an art deco feel with accessories that feature geometric designs like a throw pillow or a piece of artwork.

Jimmy Fallon’s art deco studio on ‘The Tonight Show’ and how to get the look in your home

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Streamlined furniture

When choosing furniture, look for modern pieces that are streamlined and feature a no-nonsense design. Keep in mind that the art deco look is strong, so you want your furniture to be without frills. Furniture that features sleek, strong curved lines is perfect in an art deco setting.

Jimmy Fallon’s new studio is stunning to look at, so why not make a statement in your home as well? By incorporating some of the more common art deco characteristics in your home’s interior design, you can also create a space that is both captivating and elegant

By Wendy Weinert