It seems that lighting is often overlooked when rooms are planned and designed, but for me lighting is one of the most important elements to consider when designing a room! Lighting is not only a utilitarian element in the room, it is also great opportunity to make a statement and create some drama!
I love vintage lighting and I know first hand how a beautiful old light fixture can transform an entire room! I first became introduced to period light fixtures when I began restoring historic homes about ten years ago. Yes, in an old bungalow or a turn of the century victorian these antique lighting fixtures are right at home, but they are beautiful (and unexpected) in a newer home as well. Imagine the contrast of a crusty old light fixture in a modern, airy loft space - wow!
Love the idea of using vintage lighting fixtures but not sure where to find them? Luckily, there are some great local shops that can help! My picks for vintage lighting are:
1. High Point Antiques - 3524 Broad St. 756-9566
2. Estate of Confusion 301 E. Main St. 266-7846
3. Architectural Exchange - 1300 McCallie Ave. 697-1243
4. Ebay (Look in Antiques, Architectural & Garden and Collectibles, Lighting)
5. Chattanooga Auction House 2423 Broad St. 266-6603
6. Let Us Light Your World, 5110 Hixson Pike 877-8535 (they don't sell antique fixtures, but they can rewire your flea market and ebay finds for you )
Beautiful old pendant lights with milk glass shades illuminate my kitchen island. (Sorry the photo isn't "styled", this photo was taken as construction was nearing completion )
Old pagoda chandelier adds a touch of chinoiserie style to the guest bedroom!
Beautiful gold leaf candle sconces
Love this empire crystal chandelier in a previous project
Antique brass sconces and chandelier in the master bath
New fixtures in a vintage style from Rejuvenation. Looks like jadite.
Beautiful Rejuvenation lanterns illuminate a sparse, collected dining room
Love these simple vintage fixtures in Kathryn Ireland's kitchen (House Beautiful)
Old Empire style crystal chandelier, antique brass wall sconces and crystal candelabras make a set a formal tone in this dining room
Image from Baker, old French chandelier is a standout in this modern setting
Won't find this fixture at Home Depot!
Yes, you can paint an old chandelier in fresh, modern color. Love this!
Seeing the light?