Photo Gallery: Statement Lighting
Ideas for pendants, floor lamps and more.
Sculptural pendants and oversized topiaries highlight a multifunctional island and bring natural materials to a modern grey kitchen.
Designer Christine Ralphs opted for one single pendant over this island, using recessed lights to keep the space bright. With a wow pendant like this, you only need one.
This thin horizontal light fixture blends in with the modern style of the kitchen, and won’t get in the way of guests standing or sitting around the island. We also love how the wiring and track is concealed in a recess above.
Homeowner and designer Emma Kenley paired these casual pendant lights with her generous marble island. Combined with the chalkboard wall, they lend a schoolhouse feel to the kitchen.
The oversized shade on this pendant light demands attention in this neutral kitchen. An island is an obvious focal point, so pairing it with a dramatic light is fitting. But instead of an intricate chandelier, this light is simple and modern.
These contemporary pendants look almost balloon-like. “Install dimmer switches on your lighting,” advises Ronald Bills of McIntyre Bills. “Whether for ceiling fixtures or lamps, they’re essential.” Especially for lights over an island, dimmers allow for low lighting while entertaining around the island and brighter lighting while cooking.
Large lamps with clear glass bases and neutral-coloured lampshades bring a modern note to this classic kitchen. Who said lamps are for living rooms? If you have the counter space, add softer, more intimate lighting with lamps instead of pendants. To create your own glass-base lamps from vases, watch this video.
Designer Jennifer Worts chose vintage-inspired pendants from Restoration Hardware for this all-white kitchen. The polished nickel finish adds gleam to the space and contrasts nicely with the brushed finish of the stove and hood. To bring a bit of nautical style into a living room or bedroom, try making this DIY rope lamp.
Designer Nam Dang-Mitchell chose to light this Calgary dining room with candles instead of bulbs, which add to the traditional style of the room. Upholstered dining chairs with nailhead trim work with the neutral palette, but add a bit of pattern and texture.
Large modern pendant lights float ethereally in this vast atrium above the dining room, where nothing else competes with the beauty of the slatted-wood wall and the natural stone floors.
In the 2011 Princess Margaret Hospital showhome, burlap pendants hung low create a relaxed intimacy. Combined with the heavy drapery and formal dining chairs, the lighting lends a casual feel that balances the room nicely.
An oversized raw-wood chandelier strikes a rustic note in an otherwise formal setting. Lynda Reeves chose a similar chandelier for the 2008 Princess Margaret Hospital showhome dining room.
This sustainable and stylish home in British Columbia’s interior embraces the Rocky Mountain landscape with stunning floor-to-ceiling windows. The driftwood pendant lamp ties in with the views beyond, bringing together the exterior and interior.
When concrete ceilings may not allow for electrical wiring — or would require a costly electrician — opt for a dramatic floor lamp instead. Floor lamps are also great for rental apartments, and allow you to move your dining table if the mood strikes. In this Montreal loft, a statement Artemide floor lamp hovers over a vintage Saarinen table. With creamy leather chairs and an antique Persian rug, this look is current and timeless.
This beautiful porcelain pendant light was made by Stratford, Ontario’s Jennifer Graham. It blends in perfectly with the creamy white walls and pocket doors, but also stands out as an art piece — perfect for a dinner party conversation starter!
Most of the dining room furniture here is black, but the white coffered ceiling and twig chandelier keep the room feeling airy. A dark chandelier would compete with the hutch, table, chairs and rug, but a white one keeps eyes grounded.
For a contemporary look, create a grouping of three or four pendant lights with simple bulbs visible through the glass. We love these Globe pendants from West Elm.
The dining room in the 2008 Princess Margaret Hospital showhome is both classic and eclectic. Lynda Reeves and the H&H team designed the space with neutrals, linens, classic furniture and hits of fanciful pattern and colour. The Oly Studio pendant has an old Hollywood style, while the drapery continues the gold tones in a cheerful floral pattern. Even though the pendant, chairs and drapery are all different styles, they work together because of a common colour scheme.
Dark chocolate walls, rich walnut herringbone flooring, China-red chairs and modern photography create a cosy room for entertaining. Instead of harsh lighting, this Ingo Maurer paper Floatation lamp creates a soft glow that warms up the dark walls. Its large scale and contemporary shape works with the drama of the room.
Dining lighting doesn’t always need to be proportional to the table and chairs. Have fun with scale: try several small fixtures over a large table, or one oversized pendant over a smaller table. Here, this contemporary pendant adds impact to a casual, picnic-like setting. For a DIY version of this pendant, watch this video.
This Vancouver dining room has some punchy accents like an apple-green accent wall, mismatched chairs, green trellis fabric and a glamorous light fixture with sparkling jewels. Chandeliers are an easy way to add a feminine touch to a room.
If you’ve got them, flaunt them. Soaring ceilings are hard to come by these days, so make the most of them with an ultra-glam light fixture and ceiling medallion (you can buy one to fit around your light if the ceilings don’t actually have them). And chandeliers need not be confined to dining rooms — light up a living room with a large-scale version like this one.
Homeowner and designer Ashley Botten wanted to create a cosy, inviting space in the front room of her home, which used to be a storefront. The grey-green walls, luxe grey drapes and ethnic textiles reflect her personal style, and a quirky Moooi chandelier — made from wood and cardboard — adds a fun element to the room.
Add task lighting to reading areas in a living room or bedroom. Table lamps allow you to adjust the lighting levels in different corners of a room. Here, an eclectic mix of objects, including a sculptural wood-branch lamp, gives the seating area an organic, layered look.
This spooled-wood floor lamp is the perfect finishing touch to this neutral living room. The linen sofa, wood coffee table base, chair upholstery and wood lamp all warm up the beige colour palette.
In this grand yet cosy living room, a custom chandelier with shades on each bulb punctuates the elegance of the room. A showstopping fireplace, ornate mirror and reclaimed wood ceilings also add to the grandeur.
Perched above the rocky landscape of Georgian Bay, this round library boasts the best views from the cottage. To play up the shape of the room and the global theme, designer Melody Duron chose this oversized, axis-like chandelier from Lamp Cage. It suits the style of the room, and provides a soft glow while reading at night.
A pair of lamps displayed on a console in the window provide a softer glow than overhead lighting, and draw attention to a large painted-black window. Arranging lamps in a window also showcases a welcoming vignette from the outside. Dress up old lampshades you may already have with paint or ribbon — here’s how.
The Arco floor lamp by mid-century designers Achille Castiglioni and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni transforms the ceiling light into a freestanding floor piece. Its strong aesthetic presence and street-light influence makes it a favourite in high-style spaces. Plus, if you tire of it in the living room, move it to the dining room.
This cosy corner, decked out in differerent plaids, is the perfect spot to curl up with a book. To save space on a small side table, choose a floor lamp instead of a table lamp — it will take up less floor space than a bulky side table with a table lamp. This glossy black number from Elte provides a grounding effect in the mix of plaid fabrics.
In this living room design, oversized, painted stripes visually raise the ceiling without looking too busy. A feminine palette, ribbon-striped stools and floral cushions are juxtaposed with an industrial copper-coloured floor lamp that keeps the room from looking too pretty.
This basic warehouse-style light from The Home Depot is much cheaper than most table lamps, and looks chic with a coat of gold paint on the inside of the shade and a couple of casters to ground it to a chair. Hang it from a hook on the wall so the height can be easily adjusted from the bed.
In this fun bedroom, a pendant light hung from a bookshelf with a clamp is a perfect small-space solution when there may not be room for a table or floor lamp. And again, the height can be easily adjusted.
Natural elements like grasscloth wallpaper, a branch-shaped glass lamp and faux bois throw cushions in soft, watery hues add a calm and spa-like feeling to this pretty bedroom. This intricate lamp is new, but if you find a vintage glass lamp you love, simply rewire it, update the shade, and voila, a chic reclaimed lamp.
Dramatic iron sconces, a Moroccan-inspired mirror and reflective drawer unit lend a styled look to this simple white bathroom. White subway tiles are classic, but add contrast with bold black lighting — the two extremes will pop.