BY CHARLYNE VARKONYI SCHAUB
It may seem like a tiny detail – a sconce, a chandelier, a table lamp – but lighting is a major element that can make or break your home design.
Today’s choices are as varied as a chandelier made up of a group of pendants to fixtures that match your paint color.
One of the most popular styles right now is a chandelier system made up of a grouping of small pendant lights, such as this one composed of durable borosilicate glass elements in a mirrored or a transparent/frosted finish. It comes in a diameter of 39 3/8 inches with 22 glass elements or 23 5/8 inches with 10 glass elements. The chromed glass version sells for $6,950 for 10 pendants and $13,500 for 22; the white glass version sells for $6,250 for 10 pendants and $11,750 for 22. Available at Elite Light & Living, 14005 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami Beach, 33181, 786-955-6250, www.elitelightliving.com.
Taking a tole
Sometimes what you really want is to match a lampshade to the paint on your wall. Urban Electric makes it easy because the lamp shade you select can be hand-painted in any Benjamin Moore paint color. Carlyn Tole in Racing Green is done in a new hand-painted finish, Distressed Tole, inspired by the time-worn look of a tole shade. It sells for $1,310 at www.urbanelectricco.com or call 843-723-8140.
We can’t help but notice how many blown glass chandeliers are appearing in design magazines and show houses. Maxim Lighting has created the Taurus LED 18-light chandelier with a polished chrome finish and Sunrise glass. It’s perfect for houses with high ceilings at 53 inches high and 42 inches wide and sells for $4,590 at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, 2860 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, 33306, 954-567-3110, www.ferguson.com.
Sconces, an often overlooked source of lighting, can add the right accent on either side of a mirror or painting. The Collins sconce by Hudson Valley exudes a preppy chic vibe that mixes well with modern or classic design. The 15 1/2-inch tall fixture is available in aged bronze or polished nickel and has a suggested retail price of $502.50. Available at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, 2860 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, 33306, 954-567-3110, www.ferguson.com; and Capitol Lighting showrooms, www.1800lighting.com.
Drum roll, please
The drum or barrel shade has been a recurrent theme at South Florida designer show houses. Bliss, a 19-inch semi flush mount fixture from Batalion Imports, meets the criteria with a bronze-with-antique-silver finish and a Mica glass shade. It sells for $245 and is available exclusively at Capitol Lighting showrooms, www.1800lighting.com.
For those of us with formal dining rooms and high ceilings the best fit is an elegant chandelier such as Livex Lighting’s La Bella. It makes a grand statement at 55 1/4 inches tall and 38 1/4 inches wide in vintage gold-leaf finish with hand crafted gold-dusted glass and 12 candelabra bulbs. It sells for $4,599 at Beautiful Things, 7401 W. Sample Road, Coral Springs, 33065, 877-335-4511,
Sometimes you look at a lighting feature and it speaks to your sense of style. One of these is the Bubbles Chandelier, a modern take on a formal lighting fixture that is comprised of dozens of glass orbs suspended on a chrome starburst. The novel twist is this: Not all the bubbles are illuminated, just the eight that come from the center so it appears to be lighted from within. Available for $1,875 from Tui Lifestyle, 18000 State Road 9, Miami, 33162, 305-652-0232; and 3886 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 33137, 305-573-5411, www.tuilifestyle.com.