About Hanging Lights

Hanging lights are the stars of the lighting world. Chandeliers, pendants and mini pendants are beautiful to look at and, bring sparkle and style to any décor. At home in almost any room, their basic requirement is ceiling height—though they may be used with lower ceilings if placed over a table or in a corner out of the traffic pattern of a room.

Among these stars of lighting, chandeliers are the super stars. From magnificent pieces large enough to illuminate a center foyer with soaring ceilings, to the lovely lights with crystal and glass elements that are perfect to hang over the table in a formal dining room, there’s never a doubt that chandeliers will be the center of attention where ever they hang.

Interior pendant lights are often more sedate than their chandelier relatives, with more simple lines with single shades, round glass canopies or bowls. But, don’t mistake simple for boring which these lights are not. They’re stylish and have their place perhaps more often than the more showy chandeliers.

Mini pendants are just what their name implies, small in size, but never lacking in impact. These versatile little hanging lights are beautiful when hung in multiples, either in a straight row or in clusters. Mini pendants also work well when several are hung together at varying heights.

Hanging lighting is also used outside. In an exterior entry with a high ceiling, an outdoor hanging light above the front door says welcome. These lights are beautiful, but they also offer security because they illuminate the entrance to a home.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Contemporary Table Lamp Goes Retro

 

If you're going modern or contemporary in your living room or entry, ceramic table lamps may be the first ones that come to mind, but we've found something that takes retro lamps in an entirely different direction.

First of all, we know about lamps around here, but I didn't have any idea that recycled aluminum could be handspun to make the body of a contemporary table lamp. But, that exactly what Babette Holland did with her Green Striped Gemini Table Lamp. Not only is the body spun aluminum but it's done in brown and green stripes. No two are exactly alike. The designer says they are reminiscent of 1950s drink tumblers. Topped with a gold silk shade, the Gemini Table Lamp is perfect for a modern interior.

Just imagine this lamp or a pair of them on a long sleek table in the foyer? Or, think about showing them off at either end of a cool green or chocolate velvet sofa. This is a retro look that's showing up again in today's rooms.

Green Striped Gemini Table Lamp

 Green Striped Gemini Table Lamp

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Glass Pendant Lights in Black and White

 

Tania Zebra Satin Nickel Mini Pendant Animal prints are still going strong in home interiors--especially zebra stripes. They're everywhere, rugs, wall treatments, upholstery and now on glass pendant lights. Who knew how cool that could look? The designers of the Tania Zebra Satin Nickel Mini Pendant have taken simple pendant lights to a whole new level.

This light is a great way to add just a touch of zebra's black and white to a contemporary space. Made from European glass and hung from a satin nickel fixture, the Tania Zebra is very sleek and sophisticated. 

Monday, January 10, 2011

Ferdinand and Isabella Kitchen Island Lighting

 

Ferdinand & Isabella Ten Light Island Light in Renaissance Black With all the romantic good looks the royal name implies, Thomas Lighting has done it again with a collection of antique pendant lighting. One of the stunning pieces in the Ferdinand and Isabella Collection is a kitchen island lighting fixture.

With ten lights, yes count them, ten beautifully shaped pendants hanging by five delicate chains from the Renaissance black steel rod. The Ferdinand & Isabella Ten Light Island Light in Renaissance Black is the perfect statement piece for an old world kitchen island. The fixture uses ten 60 watt bulbs covered by elegant black striped elongated shades. If you're going all out in your kitchen design, this is the island lighting you've been searching for.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Chocolate Sundae Contemporary Pendant Lighting

 

ET2 Sundae Five Light Island Pendant in BlackIf you're looking for a contemporary pendant lighting fixture to add a bit of style to the busiest room in your home, do we have a find for you. It's in the kitchen island lighting section of StylePath's online collection. It's called the ET2 Sundae Five Light Island Pendant in Black.

This great kitchen island pendant is part of the Sundae Collection. Wonder why it got into that lighting group? Made out of chocolate sundae glass, it looks like it could be a chocolate sundae. Yummy! With a sleek black finish and five of those beautiful sundae glass shades, if you hang this piece in your kitchen you just might have lots of would-be sous chefs volunteering to help with dinner.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Wrought Iron Modern Coffee Tables

 

Who: LampsPlusIron Scroll and Mirrored Top Table
 
 
Where: LampsPlus via StylePath
 
How Much: Under $1000
 
Why We Dig It: Sure, there are lots of modern coffee tables around even so outstanding wrought iron coffee tables,but  this one takes the cake. Its unique scroll upon scroll design and the Pièce de résistance...the mirrored table top, make it a stand out. 
 
Why You Need It: The Scroll and Mirror Top Coffee Table would look terrific in a hacienda style living room, or a French Provincial sitting room mixed with a chandelier in a distressed iron with crystals hanging above it. It is versatile and intriguing in design and handmade with quality materials. Where would you put it?
Monday, November 01, 2010

Traditional Floor Lamps with a Twist

 

Crystal Six Light Up Lighting floor Lamp Schonbek designers were certainly thinking out of the traditional floor lamps box when they created the Crystal Six Light Floor Lamp for their Rose Collection. They took the incredible look of one of the Rose Collection chandeliers and fashioned it into what can only be called a magnificent floor lamp. Instead of hanging from the ceiling, this six light chandelier is on top of a floor lamp base.

The beauty of crystal raindrops, faceted crystal beads and lovely green crystal leaves decorating multiple clear crystal vases make this lamp a true showpiece. There are several choices available in finishes and crystals.

The company suggests two options, "You can treat this lamp as a statuesque floor candelabrum with exposed candles, or order the optional granny shades for a nouveau Victorian flavor."  The shades are sold separately.

Whether you choose to use this lamp in the bedroom or formal living room, we think you'll smile every time you pass by.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Friday Finds: Hauntingly Beautiful Black Chandeliers

This week Susi brings you Halloween treats in the form of dramatic black crystal chandeliers. No matter whether you choose the high or the low price point, Susi suggests swagging any one of these in gauzy fabric or cobwebs. After the intrigue of Halloween has past, the same chandelier could be dressed up for the holidays trimmed with garland or dressed up with ribbon and tulle.

Grace Chrome Finish Six Light Black Crystal Chandelier

Grace Chrome Finish Six Light Black Crystal Chandelier ($699)

 

 

TransGlobe 8 Light Bohemian Crystal Chandelier Astoria

TransGlobe 8 Light Bohemian Crystal Chandelier Astoria ($803)

 

 

James Moder Vienna Collection Black Crystal Chandelier

James Moder Vienna Collection Black Crystal Chandelier ($1500)

Friday, October 22, 2010

In a Forest of Kitchen Pendant Lights

 

Stratus Satin Nickel Trestle PendantLooking for the perfect lighting fixture among the myriad of chosen available in glass pendant lights is like looking for one amazing tree in the forest. That's what happened when we began searching for a great light to hang over our modern style rectangular table. Since the table is actually in the kitchen, we decided to start our search in kitchen pendant lights.

Who knew there were so many beautiful hanging lights? After a lot of thought, we've settled on one we think will look lovely in our modern dining space and suits the kitchen design.

And the winner is … the Stratus Satin Nickel Trestle Pendant. It might be considered formal, but we think it will fit perfectly into an everyday environment. It's called a trestle pendant because it features four lights in a single straight row.  Made of solid brass finished in satin nickel, the Stratus is beautifully designed panels of handmade smoke bubble glass.

Yes, this one is a keeper.

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Colorful LED Desk Lamps with Personality

 

With contemporary good looks and sleek design, Lite Source’s Flat Head LED Desk Lamps stands tall above other modern desk lamps. LED is short for “light-emitting diode,” or more simply put, a semiconductor light source with high intensity brightness. What does this mean for you?

The Flat Head lamp will give you bright lighting you can’t get from a standard lamp for your home office projects or your business office. The disc base and matching head stretched atop telescopic metal arms allows you to adjust lighting to suit your needs. It is available in three bright and bold hues: lime green, sky blue and orange. The colors and design make it a stylish addition to a modern or contemporary office, library or dorm room. 

Lite Source’s Flat Head LED Desk Lamp

Lite Source’s Flat Head LED Desk Lamps

Lite Source’s Flat Head LED Desk Lamp in Orange

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lite Source’s Flat Head LED Desk Lamp in Sky Blue  

Lite Source’s Flat Head LED Desk Lamp

Lite Source’s Flat Head LED Desk Lamp in Lime Green

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Simple Wrought Iron Chandeliers

You may never have considered complimenting your modern interior décor with a chandelier, but modern lighting designers have. There are many sleek and simple chandeliers which fit perfectly with today’s contemporary and modern styles. Wrought iron chandeliers and black brass ones in particular lend themselves well to this objective.

Boxus Six-Light Chandelier

For instance, the Boxus Six-Light Chandelier with its black brass base, crisp white string shades and geometric design would look exceptionally terrific in a modern entry or a contemporary dining room.  

Friday, September 24, 2010

Semi-Flush Mount Ceiling Lights

Lighting is one of the biggest challenges home owners face when remodeling. With hundreds of thousands of choices online to pick from, it can become an overwhelming task to even choose simple ceiling lights. There is an answer to the craziness. Simply use our exclusive StylePath technology which allows you to find only the lighting which fits your taste and style, eliminating all of the choices you would never consider. It makes looking for lights of any kind, like simple semi-flush mount ceiling lights, easy.

Dolan Designs Avanti Semi-Flush Mount Light

With StylePath even basic ceiling lights are never boring. Take the Dolan Designs Avanti Semi-Flush Mount LIght for example, it offers clean and clever lines in a satin nickel finish with glacier matte glass. It’s perfect for many styles including transitional, modern and contemporary. 

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

What Do the French and Swedish Have in Common?

Wisteria Linen  European Furniture - Natural Linen Settee W2506

This brilliant settee from Wisteria!  French provincial never looked so good than dressed up with a little Louis XV grandeur then subdued by Swedish-style linen. The curvy elegance of this settee is situated atop carved cabriole legs made of distressed wood. Two pillows are included for a bit of extra comfort. Use in place of a traditional living room sofa and pair with a couple of French chairs.

Even if you don’t own a manor house in the French countryside, you can pull off the look by pairing this beauty with patinaed metals, woven chair backs and seats and gold-gilded mirrors. If you have dreams of visiting Paris one day, tide yourself over by adding a touch of French style to your home.

Carry the French theme throughout your space with additional living room furniture that compliments your heavenly settee. Here’s our picks for a fabulous room…

Armoire - Wynwood Furniture - 1593-77

Paris Flea 
Golden Teak Eighteen-Light Chandelier

   

Old world style and romantic charm meet modern functionality in this patina-finished amoire. Pictured in Honey Ash by Wynwood.

Add a touch of the unexpected to your living room with this exquisite Paris Flea Golden Teak Eighteen-Light chandelier (if you thought that was a mouth full try saying it in French). This one is to completely die for.  So what if the chandelier costs more than your settee…if the $3,600 price tag doesn’t fit your budget take a look at some similar items that might. 

Ethan Allen may not be of French descent but he did one heck of a job fooling us with this antique-washed Kashan Rug in muted shades of soft green, khaki and terra-cotta. Get one for your room. Your feet will thank you and think they’ve just walked through a Persian garden.  Enjoy  the spoils of a perfectly-posh Parisian existence!

Ethan Allen Kashan Rug, Green/Ivory

         

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