Lighting is an essential part of designing your home. It affects how the size of a room is perceived, creates ambiance, and most importantly, influences your mood. We understand that picking lighting for your home is an essential part of the design process, but it is not always easy. To simplify the process, there are four key factors to consider.
1. Location, location, location
Lighting needs to vary depending on the space, so it’s important to consider location, the size of the room, and where you need the most light. A large chandelier may look beautiful in a grand foyer, but it could overwhelm a smaller space. Therefore, it’s important to choose a fixture that is proportional to the size of the room and the space where it will be installed. A living room may require an overhead pendant light or a large chandelier such as our emerald green Murano glass chandelier. Choosing a statement piece like this that is colorful and vibrant adds personality to the overall design. A reading nook may require something smaller like a vintage mid-century floor lamp or a French antique crystal pendant. Our Italian mid-century modern chrome floor lamp by Guzzini would be an excellent retro choice for a floor lamp. For those lighting a stairwell, a longer and more vertical chandelier can make a statement. Our vintage Murano Vistosi chandelier creates a beautiful trickle effect down the stairs. Powder rooms provide an opportunity to incorporate smaller moments of lighting. A unique sconce or a petite glamorous pendant can elevate a smaller space and make it feel more luxurious.
2. Type of Lighting
It’s important to determine what type of lighting you need: ambient, task, or accent lighting. Ambient lighting is the overall lighting of a room and is typically the first layer of lighting you would install. A chandelier is a perfect example of ambient lighting. Our Pink Manubri Murano Glass Chandelier is a perfect way to provide ambient lighting to a space as light effortlessly shines through every layer of Murano glass in this fixture creating vibrant but soft lighting for a larger space. Task lighting is focused lighting that helps you perform a specific task, such as reading, cooking, or applying makeup. Our table lamp by Sandro Petti would be excellent for this. Accent lighting is used to highlight a specific object or feature in a room, such as artwork or a sculpture. We often use sconces as accent lighting. Our Vintage Blue Cup Sconces, would be fantastic option as accent lighting and this pair also adds a pop of color.
3. Scale and Proportion
It’s crucial to choose a fixture that is proportional to the size of the room and the space where it will be installed. It’s also important to keep ceiling heights in mind. Sometimes you won’t have a lot of height to work with, so a flush mount may be more appropriate. Our green Murano glass flush mount by Carlo Nason is a beautiful flush mount option that still offers form and texture the way a larger fixture does. If you have the chance to go big, GO BIG! Not everyone has the luxury to fit a large scale statement piece in their homes, so if you can, why not? Our grande modernist Italian chandelier is a showstopper and would look spectacular in any large space that could accommodate its epic size.
This is the exciting part where you get to let your personal style shine through and find a fixture that complements your home’s overall decor. With a plethora of styles, finishes, and designs to choose from, the options are truly endless. You can opt for a statement piece like a chandelier or go for a more modern look with pendant lights. To create a unique and cohesive look, consider different styles such as art deco or mid-century modern, then choose a finish like brass or chrome, and finally, add some color to tie everything together. For instance, our silver leafed Murano glass brutalist chandelier is a showstopper that would look perfect above a long dining table or conference room table. Another fun option to consider is pendant lights, as you can experiment with different variations of the same pendant. For example, our set of Murano Glass Ridged Pendants in the Style of Ettore Sottsass would be perfect over a kitchen island. Whatever your lighting needs may be, the key is to choose a fixture that not only meets your practical needs but also reflects your personal style and adds to the overall ambiance of your home. So go ahead and have fun with the aesthetics of your lighting fixture and create a look that’s uniquely yours!
In conclusion, picking lighting for your home doesn’t have to be a daunting task. By considering the location, type, scale, and aesthetics of your lighting fixture, you can create a beautiful and functional space that fits your personal style and needs. Whether you’re looking for vintage and antique French and Italian luxury furniture and lighting or something modern and sleek, there’s a perfect lighting solution out there for you.