Living Room Lighting

Below are some of my favorite picks for living room chandeliers and pendants. Lighting is crucial to achieve the look and feel you want in a room. This is part three of my blog posts on lighting so here's a brief recap of my thoughts on lighting:

1. Lighting is the key ingredient that makes or break the space.

2. Updating your light fixtures is one of the most high impact changes you can make in a room. 

3. Dimmer switches are a must! Especially for chandeliers. They are worth the extra cost. Most electricians have them on hand so ask to upgrade your switch when getting your new fixture installed.

4. Down with ceiling fans! There are too many great alternatives to cool your room without sacrificing style. Light fixtures are so high impact it's not something I'd recommend excluding from your space.

 

Keep it Simple

The six arm Saxon Chandelier by Currey and Company seems epitomize minimalism but still have a strong presence. It has 6 far reaching iron arms extending from it's slender center creating a dramatically oversized light fixture. Add effortless elegance to your living room with this fixture. It's dark iron finish would look especially great with pale walls. Get the look with the Saxon Chandelier.

 

Trending now: Sputnik Chandeliers

I didn't know until recently that sputnik chandelier's were on trend back in the sixties. They feel so fresh and contemporary to me who knew that they were a groovy throwback? I guess there's really nothing completely new as far as home decor; everything is just a new take on a dated and forgotten trend. Anyways, I am loving these playful, airy fixtures and want to add a touch of modern whimsy to my own living room with the Solaria Glass Bubbles Chandelier!

 

Forged Iron Pendants

Unexpected industrial pendants are suspended in this clean white room featured in House Beautiful. The white walls contrast the hammered matte metal giving these pendants a pronounced presence. The tall ceilings and large windows keep these industrial pendants from feeling like dark clouds hanging overhead. Strong focal points without being too heavy. Fabulous. Get the look with Currey and Company's Timpano Pendant (available in two sizes). 

 

Geomteric Lantern

This room was done by the talented Joanna Gaines on fixer upper. Even though her style is a little more rustic than I usually bend, I want to be just like her when I grow up :).  Ever wonder where she get's all her fabulous finds? This light fixture is one of my favorites. Although it is not sold on her site, Magnolia Market, you can still get the look from Sarah Virginia Home with the Dru Hanging Light.

 

Effortlessly Stylish

The Toulouse chandelier has an effortlessly arresting presence because of it's large scale and dramatically tall chain. While oversized can lean more formal this is not the case with the Toulouse Chandelier. It's restrained style makes it a great fixture for a living room or family room with tall ceilings like this one featured in Atlanta Magazine. Get a high impact look with Currey and Company's two tiered iron chandelier. 

 

Drum Shade Pendant

What I love about drum fixtures is that they seem to have endless possibilities as well as mass appeal. When presenting a room proposal, sometimes getting a couple to agree on a light fixture is a challenge but everyone seems to agree on drum pendant chandeliers. This shade diffuses light making it a great choice for a bright room with low ceilings like the one above. A fixture with exposed bulbs can absolutely be used in a room that doesn't have high ceilings but a dimmer is a must! Just because you can't see the bulbs in this drum pendant does not mean it is acceptable to use curly bulbs. In my personal opinion, curly bulbs are never acceptable. They are the worst lighting (again, in my personal opinion). Finding the right bulbs to use can be tricky, so I will definitely write about that soon. But anyways, purge all your curly bulbs and get this stylish scalloped drum shade pendant from Regina Andrew Designs!

 

Gilded Perfection 

Love this gold leaf hanging drum lantern.  The interlocking circles give it transitional appeal and the brilliant gold finish make it strong but glamorous focal point. In the photo the fixture really stands out against the color of the bookshelves but doesn't compete. The metallic warmth of the gold cage goes so well with the rich colors in the painting and the pillows. However, the landscape and bookshelves have enough of an earthy undertone to allow for neutral linen upholstery and warm off white carpet. Click here to get this Georgia made hanging light fixture.

 

Gabby Home Favorite

 

Gabby Home has a transitional take on the classic drum pendant.  The Milly Chandelier has an antique silver leaf frame and a geometric design. This drum chandelier is perfect for smaller scale rooms and would be gorgeous over a bed or in a small sitting room like the one pictured. However, it really can go just about any where! Get the transitional Milly Pendant and brighten up your living room. 

 

Virginia Harper

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