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If this was your house… Part 2

Part 2 –  Dining Room, Kitchen, Den and Bedrooms


100+ Year old Northeastern House

Remember the house…







Now here are my thoughts for the rest of the house.


Dining Room

So many choices for the Dining Room!  As mentioned in one of my previous posts (Lighting Guidelines and Tips), there are design guidelines for the selection of a dining room light (based on the size of the room, your table, and height).  Not having any of this information (except in my memory), I have selected some lights that I think would be options.

Iron chandelier with 9 lights

Rose Tarlow Iron Chandelier



The Iron Chandelier by Rose Tarlow has very gracious lines and a more traditional feel to it.  It is a large light, with a 50”diameter and 30” in height, so the room needs to be large enough to accommodate it.  I know they have the height, but I’m not sure about the dimensions of the room (it would need to be 25 feet by 25 feet or some variation thereof).




Iron aged chandelier with lit candles



The Florentine Chandelier by Currey & Company harkens back to a more rustic time but still feels contemporary, and if the room had enough height to accommodate it, I think it would be a cool choice.    (30” high, 30” diameter)




Bluma Pendant Light with steel shade and gauze fabric



The Bluma Pendantis the one to go with for some drama in your dining room.   Still subdued enough with the black lampshade, the light on the crystals would create very interesting shadows on the walls, and provide very pretty light to your tabletop when entertaining.    (28” in width , 14” high, 12” depth)



contemporary oval light fixture



The Puri Racetrack Pendant by Sonneman is classic in its shape, yet with a more contemporary feel given the materials.  I think this would be my choice.  (8” in height, 36” in width, and 12” in depth)







For the kitchen, I pulled a number of light options, all of which I think could work in a house this style, but i have to admit they don’t work together, so this is an either or choice.


Vintage designed hanging light fixtures in the shape of jars

Glass Jar Pendant

What is vintage is modern at this point in history, and I think these Glass Jar Pendants by West Elm would fit well into this house.   I think they would definitely feel “of the era” in the house, but because vintage is a very current style, they would still go with a contemporary vibe.  I would pick the left–most light for the kitchen, as in this particular kitchen the cabinet and countertop are on the darker side, so the dark steel accents would tie in well but not be lost with the lighter colored walls.  3 of these would be my pick for this particular house.  You could actually try doing three of these over the exposed counter, and then the shorter height light over the kitchen table.



Hand blown glass pendants with metal accents

Silver Line Pendants


I love these Silver Line Pendants by Holly Hunt Studio, and I think they would work well from a style perspective.  My only concern would be that this particular kitchen has a very high ceiling, with a high counter for these to hang over, and they might be the wrong scale.  While the XX  accent on the glass gives it presence and weight, it might not be enough.


milky-white cased glass pendant with diffuser and nickel finish



I love the Clemson Classic pendant from Restoration Hardware, and while we’re seeing a lot of it in magazines today, I’m not tired of it yet and I think it will hold up for a number of years to come.  This would work best if the kitchen also had either stainless steel appliances or polished nickel fixtures (or both) to tie in with the polished nickel accents on this pendant light.   Since this particular kitchen has a beautiful black soapstone counter and cherry cabinets, this probably isn’t the best choice.  But for this style of house but with a different color scheme in the kitchen, this would be beautiful.



Hanging glass pendant light with internal white case glass cylinder



While the Echo pendant by Tech Lighting is very modern, I think it could work well in this space, and be a nice contrast with the older home.  This would only work if the furnishings and other fixtures were also contemporary and mixed throughout, I don’t think you want to walk from one era into another in the same house.   What I like about this light is the internal white case glass tube that lends a soft light.  I think three over an island or exposed counter would look terrific.  This would be my pick if it were my house, but knowing my friends and their style, for them I would stay with my choice of the vintage jar lights from West Elm.



Hand Blown Glass Pendent bowl shaped Light fixture

Hanover Pendant


I think the Hanover Light paired with a vintage-style light bulb could be really great over a kitchen table.  The glass light shape is fairly traditional, but I would be made more modern with the vintage style bulb – a great combo in seeking the transitional style.

Vintage style light bulb








Mobius Arc


I love the Mobius Arc floor lamp from Hubbardton Forge.   It manages to be feminine and masculine at the same time, and while it has a beautiful arc shape, it’s not the arc light you’ve seen in all the magazines.  Plus, the use of the black finish would help it fit into this house.




Vintage adjustable articulating desk lamp

Antique Drafting Lamp


The Antique Drafting light by Barbara Cosgrove is a classic, and would be great in an office where you have a large desk to work at, and can give this light a lot of space.





Derrick shaped Antiqued Brass base Table Lamp



The Derrick Tower Table Lamp provides a little punch with its bright brass base, and I love the complexity of the design on the base, mimicking the old oil derrick towers.    If you pick the Mobius Arc light though, this isn’t the light for the room.  I don’t think the brass finish and the black or iron finish of the Arc light go well together.




Table lamp with steel base and blown glass shade

Ray T



The Ray T Table Lamp has a similar feel to the Derrick Tower table lamp but it’s lighter base materials and more simple design would be good in a room where you want the light to look good and function well, but you have a lot of other patterns, textures, or design going on.



Silver nickel movable task light



Finally, a classic swing arm task light in the Pask Pivoting Light.  Easily movable to focus where you need it, but with a soft brushed nickel finish for some warmth.   This reminds me to mention that while I have suggested a mixture of brass and nickel finishes here, it would entirely depend on the furnishings of the room and any fixtures you choose as to which finish works.




Wall Sconces – Library, Dining room, Hallways

Traditional style wall sconce



I like the Reed Double Sconce.  It has soft, graceful curves, and I think the aged brass finish is such a warm feel.  This definitely has a more traditional feel to it, and I think it would be wonderful in a library if you had the horizontal space on the wall to accommodate it.





Brass Small square wall sconce

Small Aspect Articulating


This Small Aspect Articulating sconce also fits with the angular shapes of some of the other light fixtures, but is definitely in the traditional/more classic style of the house.  The size and scale of this wall sconce also works well when you have less horizontal space to play with, say between bookshelves, or in a hallway where you want the light but don’t want people to knock their head.






Iron and brass wall double sconce



The other sconce I love in the brass color family, is the Base Wall Sconce in rough iron and Soft Brass.  I think the name is an apt one, as the lampshades really do appear soft, and are accented very nicely with the black bars supporting the lights.



Vintage style wall sconce



For something different, the Chelsea Wall Sconce would be a great choice.  A vintage style that is very in vogue today, but I love the lines on this light and the vintage lightbulb.  It could also be an option in a guest bedroom, with a pair flanking the bed for bedside reading lights.   It mght be slightly impractical as there is no shade so the light would be bright (as opposed to diffused at all), but I think it’s the right balance of vintage and modern for a house like this.  And, unless your guests stay for a long time, it shouldn’t be too much of a problem.


Modern Black Iron silk shade wall sconce



The Ashdown Sconce is definitely the most modern of the sconces I have chosen, and plays well with some of the other angular shapes of the lights – if you chose the Paper Tier light in the master bedroom, the Weymouth pendant for the bathroom, and/or the Monolith lamp in the living room).   It does take up more space vertically, so it will have more of a presence.





Master Bedroom

Bedroom Table Lamp in metal, wood, and linen Thomas O'Brien

Studio Paper Tier


I am fixated on the Studio Paper-Tier Table Lamp from Thomas O’Brien for the Master Bedroom, so it’s the only one I will recommend for this room.  I think it’s just perfect for this house and these occupants.   There is a masculine feel to this lamp, which is great for men, but would also work well in a room occupied by a man and a woman.  It could be balanced with soft bed linens, for an example.  But I also love the interest in the design of the lamp, but it also has simple lines which makes it unfussy and uncomplicated – perfect for a place of rest.




For floor lamps in the bedroom (this one is definitely large enough to have a sitting chair and I think the soft glow from a floor lamp in the bedroom in the evening can be beautiful and relaxing), I have a few options.

Living Room Floor Lamp designed by Thomas O'Brien




I think the Hannah Floor Lamp by Thomas O’Brien plays the best with the Paper-Tier lamp, not too surprising since it’s the same designer.   I like this lap for the traditional materials (an aged iron base) but with a more unusual shape to it.  I think this would be beautiful.




Modern floor lamp by holly hunt

Bronze Column


Another light I like for the room is the Bronze Column lamp by Holly Hunt Studio (sadly only to the trade).  I love the proportion of this light – the base and the lamp shade, and the detail on the wires out from the base to support the lampshade.  Not that you have to be matchy-matchy with your lampshades, but I think I would a more linen-color shade would go better with the Paper-Tier lamp.


modern tripod floor light with black shade

Tripod G5


The last option, also in an unusual shape, could be done in linen or in a black shade.  Tip:  with black lampshades you don’t get as much ambient light out from the shade itself, so they’re good to use when you only need the light straight down (if this stood over a reading chair) or don’t need it to provide a lot of ambient light at all but rather want some drama or accent with the light – say in the corner of a bedroom.  Again, a more contemporary light but I like how light it feels with the tripod base, and  I think it would still fit in a house with a transitional style.





I like going a little lighter in the bathroom, I like bathrooms to feel fresh and clean (aren’t those the most important things in a bathroom after all?)

Linen and metal pendant from currey and company



Per some of my other posts about using unusual lights in spaces, I would suggest the Weymouth pendant – one on either side of the mirror.  I think it would look lovely – these are traditional lights, but it’s a modern application – a great blend of traditional and contemporary.  And these lights are 100W each, so I think it would be enough light if you have two of them.  Plus, hanging the lights at face level really does provide the best lighting in the bathroom.





If pendants aren’t the way to go, I like these wall sconces as options.   The Sadler wall sconce by Currey & Co is a graceful wall sconce, which I think would fit easily into this traditional house.  The polished nickel finish is crisp, and its nicely finished off with a white shade in contrast.




Modern polished nickel finish wall sconce



The Hardy Cylinder Sconce by  Thomas O’Brien would be going a little more contemporary.  Still with the crispness of the polished nickel finish for the clean and fresh look, but the frosted glass gives it a little more muted feel.    Given that both of these wall sconces are only 60w each, you would have to augment them with some recessed lighting.  (I prefer the idea of recessed lighting rather than an overhead light fixture in this case because the guest bathroom I’m thinking about isn’t that large, and you wouldn’t want it to feel cramped.



See my Pinterest board for other lights I considered but didn’t include in this post:  http://pinterest.com/radiantroom/if-this-were-your-house/


Iron Swing Arm Sconce with grey shade

Swing Arm Wall Sconces

Swing arm lights (also sometimes referred to as a type of wall sconce) are a great lighting option – for bedside reading, in place of desk lamps at a desk, in a reading nook, and as a possibility in some of those hard-to-light areas in your home.    Here is a variety of stylish options across the style spectrum.


Iron Swing Arm Sconce with grey shade


Black Simple Iron Swing Light

I think this light would look beautiful in any Master Bedroom or Den where you’re going for a peaceful, warm atmosphere.   The dark grey microsuede lampshade looks so soft and warm, and the shape is simple and classic – and the dimmer switch is built in!  $444 at Lumens.com



Swing Arm wall sconce


Cord Swing Light

A modern swing light, this wall sconce has a beautiful simplicity to it.  I think this would be great as a pair of lights by the bed in a bedroom (just note how far out from the wall they come), or in a reading nook, or in a place where lighting is unique to figure out – say in an open place under a stairwell.  $220 at shophorne.com




Gus Modern Vintage Swing Arm Lamp  VIntage wall sconce with single bulb

Another modern option that has a vintage feel (how’s that for contradiction), similar to the Cord Swing light, but with even more simple lines given that it only has one arm from the wall.  I think it would work similarly in a bedroom, as a reading light in a living room, or under that stairwell.  $575 at All Modern



Silver Nickel Wall Sconce with linen shade


Small Aspect Articulating Sconce


Not all the way to a true swing arm wall light, this sconce is beautiful in its simplicity, and can still be moved to shine more light where you want it.  Would be great in a library or den with a small scale, or in a bedroom where you don’t have a large headboard.    $378 at circalighting.com




Vintage wall sconce


1950s Factory Scissor Sconce

This one is for a retro look, and it immediately comes to mind for the guest bedroom in a white washed classic beachhouse – I think the contrast in colors would be great, and the style would work in that setting.  $199 at Restoration Hardware




Traditional style wall sconce in antique brass


The Hudson Reversible Swing Arm Wall Light

This light is more on the traditional side, both in look and functionality.  I think it’s beautifully proportioned and would add a note of elegance to so many rooms, in particular as reading lights for the bedroom, or in a more traditionally designed home office as a replacement instead of a desk lamp.  $588 at Visual Comfort





Traditional style wall sconce


rc Swing Arm Light

I love the combination of the iron and the lampshade in this image (it’s Terra Micro Suede, there are 6 options to choose from).    The curve of the light is so graceful.  It sits quite close to the wall, so would be good in a place where you want the light fairly close to the wall.   $348 at Ylighting




Black Brass wall sconce

Perno Wall Lamp

This swing arm light has a lot of presence and strength in its design.  I like the detail of the extra metal at the end of the handle where you’ll adjust the light.  It also comes in Satin Nickel in addition to the Black Brass (pictured) for a completely different look.  $500 at Ylighting





Vertial Articulating Wall Sconce


Gilbert Wall Lamp

For a completely different movement, the Gilbert wall sconce folds vertically from extension to folded.  It’s a more modern/slightly industrial look, but could als  $214 at Ylightingo be great with a transitional style.  $214 at Ylighting





Black Powder Coated Metal Wall Sconce


Walker Swing Arm Sconce

For the last in the list today, I love the contrast in this sconce of the powder coated metal and a light shade.  But if prefer less contrast or different colored shades, there are about 30 different options.     I have featured the Walker Table lamp previously, and this sconce takes the same shape, complete with the graceful curve and the extra metal piece over the shade.  $160 at Ylighting



Bronze and Black Lampshade wall Light

Great Wall Sconces – Indoor

Wall Sconces can add light to a hallway or room, as well as be a design element in your space.  In a bathroom, these wall lights can give great light to help with shaving, applying makeup, and all the other good things in that go on in the bathroom.  For this post, I am going to concentrate on wall sconces that would fit in a hallway or room and add decorative lighting to your home.  I will leave the bathroom sconces (and the outdoor lights) to another post.

Eclipse Soft White colored Wall Light made of rolled steel


Eclipse Rectangular Wall Sconce

This clean lined wall sconce may not cast a great deal of light  – it uses a 60 watt bulb or 26W compact fluorescent,  and the light shines out mostly in the diagonal line on the front given that it’s actually made of cold rolled steel.  But I love the look of it and if you’re looking to add a little light and a lot of design, this wall light is a great option.



Bronze Wall Sconce designed by Sandy Chapman


Single Square Tube Sconce by Sandy Chapman

Designed by Sandy Chapman for Visual Comfort, this Wall light is simple and classic and has a contemporary lighting feel.   I could see this wall sconce work for a few different design styles:  traditional, craftsman, or contemporary.   I think it would fit nicely in a foyer/entryway, in a row down a hallway, or in a library.



Sottile SconceBronze and Black Lampshade Lighting Fixture

For another library wall light option, I like the Sottile sconce in the Rubbed Bronze finish.  I like the simplicity and elegance of this light, and the strength of the bronze finish without heaviness.   At 5” in width, it can fit into many narrow spots such as between bookshelves and doors.  Wattage is 60 watts, and since the light will come from the top and bottom I think it will cast very nicely, just keep in mind the black shade will block a lot coming directly.  But in a library I would think you’re adding other task lighting, and this is just adding in another layer to the lighting.


Wall Light Fixture designed in a Marine theme


Marine Wall Light

Again designed by Sandy Chapman, this light adds a little marine flair to your design.  Meant for indoor lighting, I think this would fit in many East Coast beach houses, in a great room, hallway, or lighting an entry way.  I like the clean design, and while I am always a fan of a Chrome finish, I think it looks sharp here with the white glass.



Wall Sconce with an Asian Design for Modern Lighting

Kyoto Wall Sconce

This wall light makes a statement, and at 24” in height (2 feet) needs some room around it to really be shown in the best light so to speak.  I think this would look great in a hallway, especially if it had stone walls or walls painted in suede or a stone like color.  Or it could flank a door in an entryway if the door was of suitable size.  Obviously not a great traditional style light, I think this would add a nice Asian feel to a Contemporary or even Modern design.



Metal and Selenite Stone Modern Lighting Wall Fixture


Glaciares Sconce

Made of Metal and Selenite stone, this sconce is beautiful in its contrast.  I think the stone would look wonderful when lit from behind, and it would add soft lighting to a space.  With 2 25W frosted bulbs, it’s not going to give off a tremendous amount of light, but it would give enough to provide ambiance to a room, or let you navigate a hallway or other space.



Bronze Wall Lighting Fixture with paper shade


Metropolitan Sconce

This Metropolitan Sconce with Paper Shade from Aero Studios and Thomas O’Brien has a classic look in the base, to which he has added a more modern touch with the paper shade edged in black.  I think this wall light has so many potential applications – two flanking a fireplace, lighting an entryway, in a library, even in a bedroom.



Polished Silver Finish on Articulating Wall Sconce


Small Aspect Articulating Sconce

I love the elegance of this light, and the fine feel it has with the soft silver finish and slim articulating arm.  And with a 75W bulb, it would provide more light than some of the other sconces I have written about so far.  While I see it in many room applications, I love the idea of this light in a master bedroom, potentially as a pair on either side of a mirror, or instead of bedside table lamps.




Bronze and Glass Wall Sconce


Feiss Light Sconce

For something a little more elaborate, this wrought iron sconce with a glass diffuser is beautiful.  It’s a heavier look, so in my opinion it needs a home that has wood in it, maybe exposed beams, and can carry off that heavier look.    On either side of a very large fireplace, or lighting a hallway, I think it’s a pretty sconce.




Boreal Wall SconceBronze Lighting Fixture with Natural Hemp Lampshade

This next light gives a similar feel to the previous wall sconce, but with different materials.   The metal work on this light is bronze, with a natural hemp fabric shade to give it a soft glow. The nice options here are that you can choose the type of light you would like to use with it:  regular incandescent, halogen lamp, or an LED light bulb.  You can see in the room setting shot how lovely the light is.  I wish we could see this for all lights.

Room Setting with Wall Sconce lit up







Check out more sconces on my Pinterest board:  http://pinterest.com/radiantroom/great-wall-sconces/