Lighten Up This Summer

Although home design evolves at a more leisurely pace than runway fashion, the 2014 Dallas Lighting Market tradeshow revealed an array of trends that mean big changes for the year ahead. And what better time than now—a season of renewal—to refresh your abode with cutting-edge lighting products and accessories? This season, be on the lookout for innovative technology and materials, new takes on tradition and playful explorations of scale and detail. Whether your home has a contemporary, transitional or traditional vibe, you’ll discover a wealth of on-trend luminaires for every style of décor. Check out some of our new favorites:

1. HAUTE TECH No longer the rising indie star, Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) are gaining mainstream super-fame as more lighting manufacturers start building elegant fixtures around the high-tech, energy-efficient module. Small-scale LEDs make it possible for designers to go beyond the boundaries of incandescent lamping in pursuit of sophisticated luminaires that provide illumination in ways that weren’t possible until now. Sonneman - Chromaglo Square Pendant   Consider Robert Sonneman’s Chromaglo Square Reflector LED Pendant, which simultaneously directs light downward from one LED source and upward from another, creating a balance of ambient and task illumination.   ALR-5563-DBRZ-INSTAL Justice Design Group’s Fusion Framed Rectangle LED Wall Sconce with dimmable LED is another great option. A bathroom-friendly wall fixture, it exudes warm light, dims down to 5%, and is rated for a seemingly infinite 50,000 hours. (Remember replacing burned-out bulbs? So 20th century.)

COMING SOON: After 30 years in the fan industry, Fanimation Fans is taking a new twist on technology with the launch of fanLink a universal ceiling fan remote control with Bluetooth capability that lets you control your fan(s) right from your smartphone. Once you take it for a spin, we suspect you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.

Sonneman 16-light

Taking cues from mid-1960s artists ranging from George Segal to Laddie John Dill, lighting designers are transforming plexiglass, acrylic and other future-forward materials to create shapes and effects that are inconceivable with glass. Fusing LED-technology with intricate geometric compositions of white etched or clear crystal acrylic, Sonneman’s 16-Light Lattice Square Pendant is nothing less than a modern lighting masterpiece.

2. METAL MANIA The Industrial Revolution may be long gone, but its legend lives on large, turn-of-the-century industrial-style warehouse lights, smaller sconces and swing-arm lights. Hudson Valley Lighting’s Pelham collection fuses proto-contemporary lines with machine-age details to provide distinctive downlighting for kitchen islands, dining rooms and other spaces. Plus, it’s available in rich finishes, ranging from bold Aged Brass to smooth Satin Nickel, to complement a variety of interiors. Although Bitcoin dominated the buzz online, the gold standard prevails offline in luxe aged and hand-rubbed brass tones. Hudson Valley Lighting exercises the Midas touch with the retro-inspired Ashland flush mount fixture and the fanciful Amenia semi-flush mount—note its unique ring-and-rod suspension. Calais-CMYK And if you’re seeking a gilty pleasure, pun intended, the Calais Chandelier from Troy Lighting was meant for you. A combination of hand-crafted aged wood and distressed gold leaf, it adds just the right amount casual opulence to a spring makeover. 3. BOLD SCHOOL More is more, and these distinctive styles prove it through a convergence of big ideas and intricate details. Dolcetti Corbett Lighting’s award-winning Dolcetti collection features exotic shells, shimmering crystals and steel accents. Vertigo And its Vertigo family—dramatic spirals of hand-crafted iron—is designed to leave you dizzy in the best possible way. But even when Corbett minimizes the scale, they amp up the glamour. The Barcelona Silver and Gold Leaf Mini Pendant shimmers with the intensity of jewelry fashioned by a master, and it’s so fabulously ornamental, it becomes makes an undeniable statement. As a perennial industry innovator, Varaluz has acquired legendary status for eclectic designs, recycled content and unsurpassed hand-craftsmanship. With the introduction of the Wright Stuff Chandelier, Varaluz takes a simple concept (early aeroplanes) and elevates it sky-high. Flow And their new Flow collection unites rhythmic and organic shapes with two-tone finishes, creating a sense of fluid motion, even in stillness. A BRIGHTER EVERYDAY There’s nothing like new lighting to transform the way you see your home—and the way others see it, too. Explore these emerging technologies and innovative trends to find new ways to brighten up your home and your life. By Wendy Weinert

Shabby Elegance: How to get the look in your home

The phrase “shabby elegance” might sound like an oxymoron, but the term actually describes the interior design style it represents pretty accurately. Shabby elegance is a style characterized by distressed, antique-looking furniture, soft colors and romantic touches. Here’s how to get the look in your home.

Shabby Elegance: How to get the look in your home

Photo credit: Refurbished ideas

Tip #1: Find ways to recycle and repurpose old furniture

Shabby elegance is all about giving new life to old furniture pieces. Use reclaimed wood to create a fashionably worn dining table or use vintage suitcases as décor. Repurposing will give your home the character and personality that’s been missing.

Shabby Elegance: How to get the look in your home

Tip #2: Add elegance with a chandelier

Repurposing furniture will help create a shabby appearance, but the room needs a touch of elegance, too. Create a nice balance of the two elements by hanging up a beautiful crystal chandelier. Crystal chandeliers will complement your antique-style furniture nicely and give the room a more sophisticated appearance overall.

Shabby Elegance: How to get the look in your home

Photo credit: Savor Home

Tip #3: Use white as a background

White is the perfect starting color for shabby elegant spaces and will give your home a refreshed look. Start by mixing bright whites with antique whites for variety and depth, and then mix in light colors such as rose or sage green.

Shabby Elegance: How to get the look in your home

Tip #4: Avoid being too matchy-matchy

Shabby elegance is not about looking perfect. It’s about character and comfort! Instead of buying furniture in a set, bring in different pieces that complement each other for a more visually interesting room.

Shabby Elegance: How to get the look in your home

Tip #5: Accessorize to complete the look

Add a touch of romance here and there with accessories that complete the style you’re trying to achieve. Accessories like antique picture frames, flower vases, artwork and rugs can all be used to create a shabby elegant space. They will also make your room feel cozier.

Shabby elegance is the perfect combination of cozy and sophisticated. Use these tips to create this look in your home and enjoy the warmth and beauty it provides.

By Wendy Weinert

Ideas for using modern light fixtures in traditional spaces

modernChandeliers

Worried your style is becoming too predictable? Do the unexpected and transform your traditional space with a modern light fixture. When used appropriately, modern lights can kick your home’s traditional interior up a notch for a style that is truly unique. Here are three different ideas for making it work.

Ideas for using modern light fixtures in traditional spaces

Add a whimsical touch

Traditional spaces tend to have a serious appearance, but you can change all that with a modern light fixture. Choose a pendant or chandelier that is playful and fun to lighten the mood and help your room feel more relaxed. This will also help you hit that perfect sweet spot between formal and casual.

bedroomchandelier

Repeat shapes and finishes

The easiest way to find a modern light fixture that will work in your traditional space is to find elements in the room and then repeat them. Identify the various finishes and shapes in a room and find a light fixture to match. If your room has brass accents, for example, then hang up a brass fixture to tie the look together.

kitchenmodern

Bring a room into the present

Sometimes a modern light fixture is the only way to keep a room from feeling outdated. If you live in an older home with lots of traditional detailing, help bring it into the present era with modern lighting that both complements your interior and updates the look, too. Be sure to match your fixture to existing elements in the room so it doesn’t look out of place.Ideas for using modern light fixtures in traditional spaces

Who says you have to go all modern or only traditional? Adding a modern light fixture in a traditional space allows you to combine the best characteristics of each style to achieve the exact look you want in your home.

By Wendy Weinert

3 common mistakes to avoid when choosing light fixtures

With so many styles, designs and types of light fixtures to choose from, picking out the right one for your space is not always an obvious or easy choice. You can, however, improve your chances of finding lighting success by avoiding these three common mistakes:

3 common mistakes to avoid when choosing light fixtures

Mistake #1: Choosing a light fixture based on style over functionality

There are many beautiful and stylish light fixtures available that will improve your space’s appearance and enhance the overall look. Choosing a light fixture solely on its appearance, however, could leave you with less than optimal light output. The right fixture should be both stylish and functional, so consider your desired light output and keep it in mind when searching for a new light fixture.

3 common mistakes to avoid when choosing light fixtures

Mistake #2: Selecting a light fixture without considering ceiling height

It’s important that your family and guests can walk around your home comfortably without needing to duck to avoid hitting their head. Keep these rules of thumb in mind when choosing a ceiling light (these rules only apply when hanging light fixtures over walking spaces):

  • Ceilings below eight feet: If you have a low ceiling and are not planning to install the light over a table or counter, it’s best to choose a flush-mount light fixture so taller people can walk around safely.
  • Ceilings between eight and ten feet: If your ceiling is slightly higher, choose either a flush-mount light or a semi-flush lights, which typically hang just a foot away from the ceiling.
  • Ceilings over ten feet: For high ceilings, it is often best to install a pendant or chandelier to light up your space more effectively.

3 common mistakes to avoid when choosing light fixtures

Mistake #3: Relying too much on overhead lighting

Every room is different, but generally you’ll want to have a combination of task, accent and general ambient lighting to create a well-lit space. While you can install ceiling lights to provide the general overall lighting, be sure to also incorporate other types of light fixtures such as lamps or wall sconces.

Choosing a light fixture isn’t always easy, but avoiding these three mistakes will help you choose better lighting solutions so you can enjoy a home that is both stylish and functional.

By Wendy Weinert

How To Paint Old Chandeliers for a Modern Look

Light fixtures are that extra element in a room that pulls the entire theme together. When you are creating a modern look, it is important to have the lighting coordinate with the rest of the modern pieces in a space. This can quickly become frustrating, especially if you are looking for a specific color. Sometimes it seems like the lights I love the most are the ones with the highest price tag. It doesn’t have to be like that. By taking an old chandelier, you can create a new modern look in the colors you want with a few cans of spray paint. The steps in getting your desired look are incredibly easy, and if followed correctly you can have yourself a new modern light fixture in less than a couple of hours.

Photo courtesy of Mufti Hakiki (Flickr)

Photo courtesy of Mufti Hakiki (Flickr)

Step 1: Gather Painting Materials

Before starting any project, gather all the materials needed. I can’t tell you how many projects I started where I got half-way through before realizing I was missing an essential material. It is a pain to stop in the middle of a project, so come prepared. Start by finding an old chandelier at a donation center, local garage sale, or even on Craigslist. The more details, the prettier it will be when it is refinished.

You will need the following materials:

  • Old chandelier
  • Painters’ tape
  • 2-3 cans of spray paint
  • 1 can of spray primer
  • Large piece of plastic or cardboard
  • New bulbs

Step 2: Prepare the area

Chandeliers have areas where the bulbs screw in; these areas should never be painted. Grab your painters’ tape and protect any area that you don’t want painted. After the chandelier is prepared, start prepping your painting area. Working outside in the yard will prevent the air in your home from being filled with the chemicals in the spray paint; garages and sheds work just as well. Lay down sheets of plastic or cardboard beneath the chandelier.

Step 3: Spray Primer

Now comes the fun part. Primer will help the paint latch on and prevent it from pealing. A couple of years ago, I tried painting three glass jars and the paint kept running off because I failed to use primer first. I ended up throwing them all in the garbage. You don’t want that to happen. To get started, shake the can of primer for a minute before spraying. Hold it 6-12 inches away from the chandelier to keep it misting evenly. Moving in a forward and backward motion, slowly cover all the area of the chandelier. Keep it thin to prevent runs.

Step 4: Let it Dry

Spray paint dries incredibly fast, but it is better to allow it to dry an extra couple of minutes. When it is no longer sticky, and your finger slides easily across the surface, it is dry enough to paint.

Step 5: Spray Paint

If this is your first time spray painting, don’t stress out. It is easier than you think, but if you are worried about keeping an even pattern, practice spraying a piece of cardboard. Before spraying, shake the can for about a minute. Hold the bottle 6-12 inches away from the chandelier. Slowly go up and down to completely cover it. If there are still spots showing, let it dry and give it one light spray across the entire thing again.

Step 6: Twist in the Bulbs

My favorite bulbs for chandeliers are the globe bulbs. These give a modern look and add to the overall style of the chandelier. Twist them in, and get ready to show off your new light. Updating and refinishing a light is not only a great way to save money, but it is incredibly fulfilling when you create something new out of something old.

By Wendy Weinert

Mood lighting at its finest: Inside the Governors Ball and its impressive lighting display

Mood lighting at its finest: Inside the Governors Ball and its impressive lighting display

On March 2, millions of viewers will tune in to the 86th Academy Awards ceremony, some hoping to see their favorite actor or actress win an award, others mainly interested in the gorgeous ball gowns and handsome tuxes. Unfortunately, however, viewers miss the most captivating part of the night – the Governors Ball. While beautiful people, designer dresses and stunning jewelry make up most of the eye-candy during the awards ceremony, it’s the custom-designed light fixtures that steal the show at the Oscars after party.

Mood lighting at its finest: Inside the Governors Ball and its impressive lighting display

You’ve been to parties, and maybe even a fancy gala or two, but nothing quite compares to the Governors Ball. Only 1,500 people are invited, many of them the Oscar winners, nominees and show presenters. As you’ve probably already guessed (just from the guest list alone), the Governors Ball is no ordinary after party and a couple of hanging lights would never do it justice.

Mood lighting at its finest: Inside the Governors Ball and its impressive lighting display

The Governors Ball is an event for the best of the best, and the party’s decor, therefore, has to rise to the occasion. For the past 24 years, event producer Cheryl Cecchetto has been in charge of decorating the Governors Ball and along with her Sequoia Productions team has been breaking new ground in lighting and design.

Mood lighting at its finest: Inside the Governors Ball and its impressive lighting display

Photo credit: Daily Life

Just to give you an example of her incredible work, at last year’s 2013 Governors Ball, Cecchetto had a 120-foot chandelier custom-made specifically for the big night. It was an elliptical, six-tiered chandelier with 18,000 LED points of light that changed colors throughout the evening – talk about extreme mood lighting. The chandelier was so big that it actually broke the Guinness Book of World Records for largest chandelier and covered 25 percent of the ballroom!

Mood lighting at its finest: Inside the Governors Ball and its impressive lighting display

Nadine Froger Photography

That was last year and we can’t wait to see what Cecchetto and her team does next! The transcendent wonder of nature will be this year’s theme, and it has been said that the ball will feature lush vertical gardens where the guests can mingle under the stars.

By Wendy Weinert

How to decorate your Chandelier

When we think about a chandelier, some of us think of an ornate fixture that becomes the focal point of a room all on its own. This may be the case with some chandeliers, but definitely not all. The simplicity behind certain designs allows the consumer to truly customize their piece and make it their own. There are many ways to do so and they can be quite inexpensive. Decorating your chandelier may sound taboo to some, however, if you use the word “decorate” loosely, you won’t go overboard. By no means should whip out the finger paint and go to town on your fixture, unless it is something you acquired very inexpensively and it fits the decor of the room, but merely implying that there are tasteful ways to dress it up. Give this a try and see how it will change your room!

Livex ChandelierChandelier shade

Mini shades can be a great way to accessorize your chandelier. The patterns, textures, colors, etc. are endless and easily available. They are also very inexpensive, and if you’re crafty enough you can make your own.

Crystals allow you to add some “bling” to your chandelier in a tasteful manner. You can simply hang crystal strands from the arms, and body of the fixture to add something special. Crystals come in many different shapes, sizes, and colors and are also reasonably priced. You can also swap out some of the metal parts of the fixture and exchange them for crystal “body” parts. This is a very neat idea because it really can change the entire look and feel of your chandelier.

Photo Credit: Blog - Inmyownstyle

Photo Credit: Blog – Inmyownstyle

Ceiling medallions are probably my favorite way to dress up any chandelier; they take the chandelier to another level. You can get a simple solid medallion or ones with beautiful intricate detailing; it really is all up to you. They are an easy way to pull the room together, without having to do much else to your chandelier. Again, these come in all sizes and choosing the perfect fit depends on variable such as the size of the room along with the size of the fixture.

Ceiling Medallion

Dressing up your chandelier is a gradual process. You don’t have to tear open the box and immediately start thinking about various accessories. Once you get a feel for your design style and have a solid design vision, then these are things you can start thinking about. In the words of Gianni Versace, “Designing came to me. I didn’t have to move.”

By Lindsy Jacob with Livex Lighting on behalf of Bellacor

Lindsy_Livex

About Lindsy Jacob

Lindsy joined the Livex Lighting in January of 2013 as a customer service representative. She quickly climbed the ranks and is now the E-Commerce Manager for Livex Lighting. Her savvy sense of style and attention to detail are a great asset to the company.

Get the Restaurant Experience in your Home with Lighting

Elgo Lighting Intimate Dining

There’s a reason why most people prefer to dine out for a special occasion or when they need a night of fun. Going to a nice restaurant with friends, family members or significant others often creates a sense of intimacy and specialness. It can also, however, get expensive. The good news is that you don’t always have to pay for an expensive meal to enjoy a special evening with loved ones. You can create an intimate dining experience right in your own home! All you have to do is rethink your dining room lighting strategy and follow these three tips.

Currey & Company Assurance Oval Chandelier

Hang up a chandelier

While many of us love to lounge in our sweatpants, it’s always fun to have a reason to get dressed up and look our best. When you’re feeling the urge to put on a nice dress and host a dinner party, it’s important that your dining room doesn’t feel overly casual. The right chandelier will add sparkle and drama to your dining room, and your evening will instantly feel more special.

room with table lamp and small fountain

Install dimmers or use indirect lighting

Nicer restaurants typically set an intimate mood with soft, darker lighting. You can utilize this same technique by installing dimmers in your dining room or choosing to use indirect lighting. Dimmers work better than most options, because they allow you to change a room’s lighting whenever you want. So when you need a well-lit room during the day, all you have to do is adjust the dimmer switch.  The advantage of indirect lighting such as floor lamps and table lamps is the mobility of the lighting source and the ability to set up lighting in different areas to fit the specific dining experience.

3 Luminary candles

Photo Credit: Usershot

Decorate with candles

Once you dim the lights, it is usually best to have an additional light source so that you and your guests can see each other and your food more properly. Candles are the perfect solution for adding light because their soft glow adds even more ambience and can be used to create a more romantic setting.

With the right lighting plan in your dining room, you don’t have to dine out to enjoy a special evening with loved ones. Just put on your best outfit, pour a glass of red wine and then you’re good to go!

By Wendy Weinert

10 must-have items to complete your dining room look

Do you have everything you need to complete the look of your dining room? Consider these 10 must-have items and give your dining room a stylish, put-together look.
1. The right-sized dining table: When picking out a dining table, consider how much space you have and how many people you need to sit. Do you have a small family, but like to entertain? Size-adjusting tables often come in handy when you need some flexibility.

258
2. Chairs that make a statement: Dining chairs are more than a place to sit. They can also revamp your room’s interior design and give it a more interesting style! Look for chairs that really stand out and add some visual interest to your dining room. If you have room, remember that you may also have side chairs or accent chairs, not just dining room chairs.

3. A buffet or china cabinet: If you have enough space in the dining room, a stylish buffet or china cabinet can be very useful. Use either to store dishware, display decorative items or to serve food.

4. A beautiful rug: A large area rug will add warmth to your dining room and make it cozier. Make sure the rug is large enough so that people can scoot their chairs without damaging the hardwood floor.

5. A stand out chandelier: Whether your dining room is formal or not, a chandelier can have a dramatic impact. Install a chandelier that matches your dining room’s style – you’ll be amazed at the difference one light fixture can make!

104203_n_104201_LS_dusk_wea

6. Dimmers: Depending on the time of day and the occasion, you may want to change the lighting. Dimmers allow you to create the exact mood you want at any given time.

7. Stylish linens: From the tablecloth to the place-settings, stylish linens can play a big part in your dining room’s interior design. Be sure to consider them carefully so they match the overall style of the room.

tablecloth

8. Chic drapes: Whether you have several windows or a bay window, use drapes as a window treatment. Drapes covering the windows are a great way to add a soft elegance and some color to the dining room.

9. A simple, yet elegant centerpiece: Candles and flowers make a sophisticated centerpiece that looks great in any dining room.

10.  Interesting wall décor: Don’t forget to decorate your walls! Abstract artwork and mirrors will add just the right amount of unique interest to your room.

Photo Credit: Fireside Lodge Furniture

Photo Credit: Fireside Lodge Furniture

Ready to update your dining room’s design? Give it a complete look by adding these 10 must-have items.

Looking to add an addition to your home? Here are some things to consider first…

 

Photo credit: ArtcraftLighting

Photo credit: Artcraft Lighting

It’s a new year, and for many homeowners, that means it is time to start thinking of ways to revamp their home! Some might change up their interior design by purchasing new décor and painting their walls a different color. Other homeowners will decide to remodel a room and furnish it with all new items. And some people – maybe even you – will choose to expand their home and add an addition.
Expanding one’s home is a big project that should not be rushed. You want to be satisfied with the results! If you’re looking to get one step closer to your dream home by adding a new room, be sure to carefully consider these things first:

1. Location
Whether you’re adding a bathroom, a bedroom or a living room, the location is usually the most important factor that you will want to consider. You want to make sure that the room’s location makes sense with the rest of the home. For example, would you want the master bedroom right next to the living room or would you rather have it tucked away? These are things you’ll have to decide.
2. Windows
Do you want the room to be well-lit or are you going for a soft, more romantic glow? If you’re trying to create a light and airy room, you will definitely want some larger windows. If, on the other hand, you don’t want a lot of sunlight, opt for smaller windows and install dimmer switches so you have more control over the brightness levels in the room.
3. Ceiling Height
If you love low-hanging chandeliers or pendants, you want to be sure your ceiling is high enough they don’t hang too low; especially if you have taller people living in your home. You don’t want to hang up a light fixture and force family members to duck every time they walk underneath it!

Photo Credit: Artcraft Lighting

Photo Credit: Artcraft Lighting

4. The Overall Style
Many homeowners don’t consider the style they want for a room until they’ve reached the decorating process. However, architectural elements can also have a huge impact on a room’s overall theme. Establish the style you want right away at the beginning of the process so every decision you make reflects that theme.

A home addition is an exciting project, but also a lot of work. Take the time to carefully plan out the addition and the hard work will pay off big time!