7 Basic Types of Lighting Fixtures and When to Use Them

7 Basic Types of Lighting Fixtures—and When to Use Them

Welcome guests with a spring statement by topping a bench with a vintage birdcage, a bottle of flowering twigs and a large crock that comes alive with bright green grass. To fashion the twig bottle, fill the container with water and white forsythia branches.

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If fresh cuts are not available, simply glue faux flowers to thin branches to create a blooming arrangement. For a grassy touch, line a crock with a glass bowl and embellish it with a freshly dug clump of growing grass from the yard. Or, you can find pretty wheatgrass grown for cats at a pet store. Assemble all the pieces into a vignette to establish a lively atmosphere in your entryway or against a blank wall.

Kitchen, White Cabinet, Marble Counter, Stone Tile Backsplashe, Marble Backsplashe, Ceiling Lighting, and Dishwasher Overhead lighting customized by Rich Brilliant Willing in a pert orange accents the primarily black-and-white interior scheme.

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Garden of the Goods

Being thrifty is about being innovative and creative, so think about employing items that might be stowed away for outdoor use.

Outdoor, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, and Wood Patio, Porch, Deck Wire chairs by Rejuvenation and ceiling-mounted fixtures by Hinkley Lighting grace the balcony outside.

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A simple vignette calls on a miniature garden statue of a fox, an old plant pot and a brown jug topped with a fresh clump of spring grass. Wrap the grass roots in a damp dish towel, place them in the opening of the jug and mist daily. Round out the scene with a few fresh Brussels sprouts.

Dining Room, Table, Pendant Lighting, and Chair Goneau matched Audrey Chairs from Kartell with a dining table she designed herself. "It becomes the visual continuity of the kitchen island, by its dimensions and material," she says. A bronze copper pendant by Tom Dixon hangs above it.

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Bath Room, Wall Mount Sink, and Light Hardwood Floor Upstairs is the master bedroom and bath, plus a study for Tyler's boyfriend, Chris Brown, who works as a consultant for humanitarian NGOs.

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Living Room, Sofa, Coffee Tables, Chair, Track Lighting, and Concrete Floor Visitors to the house are greeted by an art-filled living room anchored by a B&B Italia Charles sofa and a pair of vintage Hans Wegner CH22 chairs. Track lighting from WAC Lighting Co. helps showcase individual pieces from the couple’s collection. "My favorite thing is walking in the front door," Tetreault says.

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Bedroom, Bench, Bed, and Wall Lighting Architect Joseph Dirand's bedroom boasts sandy gray walls and upholstered headboard. The white bed linens help reflect daylight into the space and the Azucena sconces offer task illumination.

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Office, Desk, Lamps, and Chair The newly released Original 1227 Brass Desk Lamp in Elephant Grey is at once minimalist and statement making.

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Dining Room, Chair, Table, Pendant Lighting, Wall Lighting, Recessed Lighting, and Medium Hardwood Floor New dining with new custom buffet side board and soffited ceiling with cove lighting.

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