10 Unexpected Ways Lighting Can Enhance Your Decor

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10 Unexpected Ways Lighting Can Enhance Your Decor
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Lighting a room well is a delicate process. Should we get floor lamps? Should we replace the ceiling fixture that came with the living room? How do we create mood lighting? What is mood lighting?

Many of our clients have asked themselves and our designers these questions. And though lights might seem minor compared to tearing down walls or replacing flooring, the lighting in a space is paramount to ensuring a comfortable and appealing space.

What’s the point in designing a space if you can’t properly see it? What’s the point in professionally designing a space if the “mood lighting” makes you feel too moody?

We’ve gathered our favorite lighting options and tips for how to employ them in a variety of room types. It’s all in the slideshow!

Have more lighting issues of your own? Let us know in the comments below.

Text by Anna Gray

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Do you love chandeliers but hate hiring electricians? Get a standing one! Change the room you adorn with fancy lit crystals whenever you want.

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In this home office, our designer made up for his lack of desk space by adding it to his gallery wall. This multifunctional Droog light design can also work as a light in your closet.

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For the "more is more" approach, use an interesting chandelier and a complementary mirror to fill a space with light. Gold wallpaper brightens the room even more!

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For those faced with the no-overhead-light (and no interest in installing it) and very-little-floor-space dilemma, a standing lamp that sends light in multiple directions is your answer. If its as brassy and glamorous as this one, then you'll turn into a '50s Hollywood movie star in addition to brightening your room.

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A classy, durable take on twinkle lights, these string bulbs from One Forty Three add a classy and warm touch to a space. They also throw light in directions that a single-bulb lamp can't so they're great for dark rooms with no overhead lighting.

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This floor lamp from CB2 was inspired by 1940s movie-set lights. Great for focusing light wherever you have a dark area, it looks great and adds an antique vibe to the space.

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Add a touch of brassy detail to a minimal room with these wall sconces. Bedside lamps honestly will make you feel like a grown up. They're beautiful additions to a bed vignette and they make going to bed fun because you can hang out and read, roll over, turn off the light and go to sleep without getting back out of bed. It's the small things.

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It doesn't get much cooler than this statement light.

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This beach house's furniture was all chosen to match the open airy beach backdrop seen from every window in the house. The floor and table lamps let the client turn off the amazing overhead chandelier when he wants more intimate lighting. Pro tip: Interesting lighting (like this chandelier) draws the eye upwards, which will make rooms feel bigger and ceilings seem higher.

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The combo of chair, side table and lamp can make a beautiful vignette out of any dark corner.

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