When choosing light fixtures for your home, it's important to consider factors such as scale, color, composition and repetition as you explore illumination creativity in home decor. Chandeliers, sconces, pendants, floor lamps and table lamps all influence the mood of the room with their appearance and the light they provide. By selecting interesting fixtures for each room of your home, you light and accentuate rooms in a way that conveys your personal style.
Drum up drama
Pendant lighting over kitchen islands is a growing trend in home decor and you can add a touch of drama by using lights with wider, drum-style shades. A pendant with a hand-hammered iron drum shade and a double diffuser inside creates unique light over any island. The metal of the shades evokes thoughts of the cookware in the space and the fixtures give ideal task lighting.
Orbs of light
Suspending a chandelier over a dining room table is a classic home decor accent that receives an update with today's lighting designs. Chandeliers come in a multitude of styles including descending bubbles, wrought iron wonders, woven branches of metal or wood, and mixtures of materials to create a stunning focal point for the central eating space of the home. Whatever style of chandelier you choose, having it on a dimmer switch is an easy way to set the mood of the meal.
Getting bathroom lighting right is essential, as it's becoming an oasis-style space with unique home decor. There's no more worry about fluorescent fixtures or harsh, overhead bulbs washing out your complexion. Incorporating layers of light into the bathroom is the new focus with a mixture of ambient, accent, decorative, and task lighting. Counter overhead light with wall sconces and soften the mood over a vanity with pendant lights and your bathroom becomes a more pleasant room to use any time of day.
Relaxation and reflection
Bedroom design focuses on relaxation and benefits from several forms of light fixtures including table lamps, floor lamps, sconces and hanging lights. The various chandelier styles available can make the space romantic or calming, and balancing the room with coordinating lamps on side tables and by reading nooks gives the room more depth and character.
At Blackbird Lifestyle in Sarasota, you find all these lighting styles and ones you've never imagined. The unique lighting selection adds evocative interest to the home decor of every room. Check out our blog for more home decor ideas or stop by our store today!
BedStu’s are an exceptional shoe and a customer favorite. Each shoe is beautifully hand crafted with materials that are aged to perfection with unique hand finishes. Cushioned outsoles provide durability and comfort and their rich leather components give them an authentic vintage feel that is engineered to last.
Hand dyeing, burnishing, and aging gives each pair its own individual character creating variations in color, meaning no two pairs are the same.
The contemporary design style was born in the mid half of the 20th century when a range of styles merged. Today’s contemporary style features both round and sharp edges a like, a mostly neutral color pallet- sometimes with a pop of color for accent- and a comfortable, welcoming feeling.
Modern or Contemporary?
While these design styles are similar, there are definite differences between them. Modern design features bold, stark lines giving a minimalist feel. Contemporary design focuses more on basic lines, form, and shape, giving a warm, comfortable feel.
Achieving the Look
Keeping a less is more mindset is best. Use solid or subtly patterned fabrics rather than bold, colorful prints and go with minimal accessories in lieu of large collections. Colors usually include a range of neutrals, black, and white and often feature a punch of color through simple room décor or an accent wall. When walls are painted with a neutral, a great backdrop is created for the rest of the room.
Décor is a huge element of this look. The space between pictures and décor on the walls is just as important as the décor itself. Use round edged décor to balance out sharp edges and welcome the idea of high-gloss finishes. Chrome, steel, and glass work great when mixed in with the neutral color pallet, keeping the less is more mindset in mind. Combining shine with texture, like ribbed or crackled glass or brushed nickel and copper, works great. A few pieces here and there can really tie a room together!
Using the proper lighting as your room accent creates a great focal point. Find floor and table lamps with straight lines and sleek finishes. Incorporating color into your fixtures with, for example, a lampshade, is a great place for the rooms pop of color. Using recessed or track lighting can draw attention to accessories and décor.
Ultimately, achieving a contemporary look is not difficult. Paying attention to color, lines, and textures is the key. When keeping these factors in mind and adding your own personal touches, your perfect room can easily be achieved.
Did you know we hold numerous awards for our elegant furniture and accessories? We are proud of our reputation here at Black Bird Home Gallery and are delighted to satisy our customers needs. Check out a few of our awards!
Forget the impulse buys, cheap deals and trendy designs that will be out of style before you know it. It's time to stop all that wasteful shopping and splurge on furniture and other home goods that you'll keep forever.
Dining Room Table
Cottage-style table and chair sets will hold their value forever. As far as finish goes, opt for something simple, like black or maple. From family dinners to homework to holidays, a lifetime of memories will be created at this very table.
Luxury meets functionality when you light up the grand entrance of your home with a classic chandelier. Try a hand-crafted piece that incorporates glass jewels and bronze structure for an ultra-classic look.
Wall clocks serve more than just their basic function. They pieces of simplistic beauty, style and sophistication. A large, dark metal piece with roman numerals is possibly the best piece of decor for the largest wall in the home.
The next time you attend a community art show, keep your eyes peeled for a piece that takes your breath away. And don't be afraid to splurge- not only are you supporting the local arts, but chances are, it will stay in your house for a very long time.
Persian, Turkish and Oriental rugs are a home staple to many. These tapestries will likely outlast other pieces of furniture in your living areas. Bonus? They look even better with age.
Stop by our gallery today to add a few timeless pieces to your decor!
Have you come in to our store lately? We'd love to hear how the experience went! Here's a great review from a customer who was in last fall: ]
"The first time I walked into Blackbird was like going into that little store in Gremlins where the dad bought Gizmo. It's filled to the rim with amazing, functional and some one of a kinds items (gifts, lighting, tables and furniture). They sell "off the floor" so you will not see the item return to the store....once it's gone it's gone.
In talking to the owners, Wayne and Mindy, I discovered they hand select each item in the store based on their travels across the globe. They sort of remind me of a mix between Peterman from Seinfeld and The Most Interesting Man in the World. They have an eye for design and any time I'm in town I stop in."
Thank you, Matt!
As the rest of the nation begins to thaw from a record-breaking winter, and all the spring breakers and snow birds slowly head back north, it's time for the locals to come out and play! After your spring cleaning is done, treat your home (and yourself!) to something nice. We're always getting in new stuff, so be sure to stop by frequently and see what's new at Black Bird!