Before you update furniture, replace floors or remodel a living space, consider whether your lighting works. Lighting is a telltale sign of design quality and one of the most affordable ways to update your home without busting your budget. It sets a mood... more »
Looking up at the 17th floor of a certain residential tower in Malad, a suburb of Mumbai in India, some residents often wonder what the heck is going on up there. At night the brightly lit interiors glow vibrantly in every color of the rainbow. Some nights... more »
When I was growing up, my mother would bemoan others' limited imaginations: "Some people can't see potential; they just can't visualize things."
My problem was never a lack of imagination. An argument could be made that I have had too much... more »
There's a good reason the bell jar lantern has such an elegant, timeless quality that works so well in many different spaces. With roots in medieval and Renaissance designs, this lantern has evolved into a classic fixture that has suited different design... more »
They're sculptural, they're elegant and they're beautiful. I've seen these origami-inspired lights popping up all over the place lately, and I think they are here to stay. Like some of the modern icons of the 20th century (think Nelson... more »
Don't look now, but you're on the Internet. It's great, isn't it? Soon your household appliances — refrigerator, stove, alarm clock, air conditioner, garage door opener and lights — will all get on the Internet, too, just like you are.
This... more »
On any remodel or new build, special consideration should be given to lighting hallways and stairs. Navigating stairs can be a challenge for people of all ages, for different reasons. Poor or diminishing eyesight afflicts some of us later in life, for... more »
Lighting can create drama by accentuating dark areas and creating bright focal points, but as we age, we require more uniform and balanced lighting levels. All rooms — and ages — can benefit from this simple lighting approach: up,... more »
Lighting designer and Louisiana native Brandon Morrison favors quality craftsmanship and bringing the manufacturing process back to the basics. The founder of lighting and furniture company whyrHymer,... more »
When Houzz user Dianne Rogers came across a dusty, cobweb-covered antique birdcage in Wilmington, North Carolina, she envisioned a fabulous chandelier. "It was authentic, old, iron and large — about 32 inches high, and it caught my imagination,"... more »
As we age, the lens of the eye becomes less flexible, and our lighting requirements change. The ability to focus on near objects decreases, which explains why many people need reading glasses as they get older. The lens of the eye also becomes denser... more »
When we're blessed with good weather, we view the sun's warm rays as bright white. On early winter mornings, the sky is almost pink, and in the summer, warmer colors like red and orange can be seen at sunset. The spectrum of white light is made up of... more »
If you're reading this ideabook, you've probably already looked at hundreds, if not thousands, of photos of beautiful homes. Perhaps you loved the colors in a room and wrote to ask the designer or contractor to ask what those colors are.
It's... more »
Shower lighting generally gets little attention compared with lighting in the rest of the house. But don't make this mistake — even the simplest lights can add such enjoyment and sparkle to your daily routine. The right light can make or break a bathroom,... more »
There's an overhead light that puts my mind in a twist. Its intertwined shape makes me gaze at its infinity-like loops and try to figure out how it's constructed. (In fact, I think Emily Thorne of Revenge would really dig it.) In addition to being... more »