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Lighting is one of those items that people seem not to think about, but really does make a big difference in a room. It can create a totally different feeling in a home from new and trendy versus “when was the last time anything was updated here!”

I recently have been looking into different types of lighting and ceiling lighting other than recess. The goal is to show you how creative you can get with your rooms with lighting, and also get you thinking of updating some of those old lights.

So scroll along!

A few years ago drum shades were starting to show up as a strong trend and have continued to stay strong. They can be used in different rooms as seen here.

This being a single light makes this dining area updated but elegant.


silk drum light adds class and sophistication to a room


two drum lights above a dining room table


This is a pretty application of a drum light in a kitchen


drum light above kitchen island


The nice thing is that retailers like Ikea have great inexpensive drum lights and are attractive, so if you don’t have the budget to update to something expensive, you still can with style.


Ikea drum lights in assorted sizes and shapes


The industrial trend is big now. Wire, thick glass, black metal but also warm toned metals are popular too.

pulley lights with mason jars for industrial look


industrial looking pendent lighting for kitchen work lights in kitchen

thick glass industrial lights


Pendants are great for shedding light to a specific area.island lighting


I am really starting to appreciate the extra space they provide when done next to a bed.Pendant as a statement in the bedroom


They can also set such a specific mood in a room.

Pendants with a statement


Many of these lights can now accommodate the newer LED bulbs which can make a huge difference in your electrical bill. I say newer because manufactures are getting the light balanced so they are not harsh and work well in residential rooms. So if you have not updated your hanging lights in over five years, it might be time to consider something newer and a little updated. I believe lighting is like a haircut, it’s wise to update every five to ten years!

Karen GP

Author Karen GP

Karen GrayPlaisted is the principle owner of Design Solutions KGP. She is a graduate from Pace University and The Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. Her marketing background and design sense are a perfect combination for home sellers. In the first year she began her staging business, she won the ‘Rising Star’ accolade from RESA, selected from all North American stagers, USA and Canada. In 2016 she won top Occupied Stager in the USA. Karen’s ability to educate and empower clients using simple solutions allows homeowners to transform their spaces with desirable affordable decadence.

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