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The 3 Styles of Lighting Fixtures

By on Jun 17, 2014
The 3 Styles of Lighting Fixtures

The flip of a switch can rarely make for a big transformation, but when you have the right lighting fixtures perfectly placed throughout the home, it actually can.

With so many lighting options on the market, choosing your next chandelier or track lighting system can seem overwhelming. In fact, without the help of a lighting designer, it can be downright frustrating.

That is why I have gathered the three types of lighting styles to help you choose the best and most appropriate class for your home.

1. Modern Light Fixtures

As time has evolved, so has the function of interior lighting. Gone are the days when one light illuminated the entire room. Homeowners expect more from their lighting systems and oftentimes, only want to light a small section or area of a room. That is where modern lighting comes into play.

Whether its recessed or task lighting, sleek modern lighting fixtures let homeowners change the feel and scheme of the room with the flip of a switch. Modern lighting styles are minimalistic, simple and functional. Designers would describe modern lights as chic and uncluttered with a chrome or steel finish. Some have unusual designs that can create a focal point for any room.

Lighting Styles

2. Classic Light Fixtures

The most common style of lighting falls in the classic section. Elaborate crystals or handcrafted chandeliers can act as a centerpiece for any room, no matter how big or small.

Classic lighting fixtures should remind you of the traditional (craftsmanship) way of building and lighting a home. It combines timeless details with handcrafted finishing. This form of lighting takes an antique look and incorporates today's lighting standards to create a beautiful fixture.

Classic lighting designers make sure the chandelier refracts and reflects light from each and every crystal. While we would like to say that there is a right and wrong way to design the lighting of a room, this type of lighting encompasses a combination of art and science.

3. Rustic Light Fixtures

Finally, we get to rustic light fixtures, which of course, are great for homes surrounded by wood, brick or stone. Much like modern light fixtures, they are designed with a simplistic frame of thought and they focus on function more than design. Nevertheless, as we have iterated in other aspects of the home, no homeowner should sacrifice one for the other.

Rustic light fixtures are common in dens or other living areas, but don’t look as aesthetically pleasing in kitchens or bathrooms. However, if you love the look of wood, try it out and let us know what you think.


No one can transform a home with the flip of a switch. But, with careful research and an eye for smart design, the eager homeowner can in fact change the feel and aroma of any room with the right light fixture.

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