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choosing lighting for a home, there are three types of light to
consider—ambient (or general) light, accent light, and task lighting. The best
designs incorporate all three. And thoughtful lighting brings the indoors out
to include the deck, patio and doorways.
Great lighting designs add highlights and contour shadows for a warm and
welcoming feel, and we have just the right fixtures in a variety of styles to
enhance your decor.
you need accent lighting in a room, or just a good light to see by, turn to
these types of lamps. Table lamps bring a spot of style and gentle pools of
light when placed on end tables in a living room, nightstands in the bedroom,
on top of a bar and console tables in hallways and entryways. Task lamps are
less about diffusive light and more about direct light for a particular
purpose, and are most suitable for desks, sewing or hobby tables, and any other
space that need functional lighting. But you don’t have to choose practicality
over style—our task lamps are designed to brighten a space with stunning design
crystal chandelier is opulence, pure and simple. But whether it’s rows of
shimmering crystal, spartan wrought iron mimicking candlelight, or an
antique-finished wiry piece that looks like something you might find at a
Parisian flea market, chandeliers bring big personality and presence to a dining
room, entryway, bedroom, or even as a touch of luxury over a vintage claw-foot
bathtub. Classic chandeliers drip with crystals, while the more rustic
wrought-iron designs are muscular with a Medieval feel. Or if you like, add a
wink of that ’70s style with our inimitable chunky Amelia Wood Bead Chandelier.
are ideal for rooms that don’t have hardwired lighting fixtures—not only can
floor lamps pack an illuminating punch, they look remarkably beautiful doing
it. Styles range from classic to rustic to art deco. Some are styled with
vintage mercury glass, and some have an industrial vibe—such as the gorgeous
Bodhi Task Floor Lamp. They can be set next to a lounging chair for reading, or
next to a desk for the most elegant task lighting. By contrast, the styles with
linen and burlap shades are wonderful for throwing ambient light around a room
when you fit them with 60W bulbs.
put, a pendant lamp is a hanging lamp. These types of lamps are among the most
versatile—they come in so many styles from vintage to contemporary to rustic
and even Parisian salon-style. Plus, they’re typically smaller, and they fit
nicely into corners that need brightening with accent light. Or combine two or
three of the same lamp, hung at even or differing lengths, to fill a larger
area with ambient light (or mix different styles for an eclectic look). Pendant
lamps can also be a creative solution for task lighting—a series of pendants over
a kitchen island is practical and adds visual interest.
are lamps that are attached directly to your ceiling, usually in the centre of
living rooms, bedrooms, at the top of the stairs, in hallways and at entryways.
These are great lamps for ambient (or general) lighting, and can fill the room
with a diffuse glow if light bulbs are covered with an opaque shade such as
vintage milk glass. Or choose a style that highlights the twinkling industrial look
of exposed bulbs.
lighting serves as the room’s primary source of light before any accent or task
fixtures are brought into it. Different types of electrical lighting fixtures
can be combined to create an ambient lighting plan—flushmount lamps, wall
sconces, and floor lamps can all work together to bring overall balanced
illumination to a room. The bulbs play a part too—safe wattage for particular
fixtures and light intensity are essential considerations.
lighting fixtures are mounted to a wall, and come in a wide variety of styles—vintage
schoolhouse, art deco, rustic, contemporary and more—that suit every type of
decor. Sconces can take the shape of any type of lamp—be it a Flushmount tube, a
bell-shaped pendant or a classic lamp shade—but attached vertically to a wall
instead of a ceiling or table. Sconces make charming ambient, accent or even task
lighting if placed over a desk, and offer a dramatic presence when flanking a decorative
mirror or mantel.
is a room where vanity lighting is needed. This is the lighting that’s placed
around your bathroom mirror, and is often done with sconces. These can run
along the top of the mirror, or placed at either side. Bell-shaped fixtures are
elegant and classic looking, whereas tube lighting is clean and contemporary.
Shade sconces work well in almost any style of decor—they’re charming when
paired with moulded cabinetry, happy and bright in a New England beach-house
look, and in contemporary bathrooms they offer clean lines and a touch of
warmth—perfect if the room is on the verge of looking too sterile.
light, star bright—there’s nothing quite like outdoor lights. Whether it’s a
pendant lamp, sconces, LED stringed fairy lights, or a chandelier—yes, an
outdoor chandelier—accents that carve out the shadows of night bring an aura of
warmth and celebration. Hang pendants in porches for drops of light, place
sconces at either side of the front door or garage door for a welcoming glow,
and string tiny lights in tree branches or over an outdoor dining area where
they’ll blend in with the stars for a magical atmosphere.
you just want to switch up your style a shade. That’s why Pottery Barn offers a
selection of lamp shades and other accessories for brightening up your look.
Choose from burlap, linen and cotton chandelier and drum shades; filament bulbs
for updating light fixtures with exposed bulbs to emit a retro vibe, and chic
cord covers for hanging chandeliers that blend into the decor for a subtle finishing