By Allison Ellis / Special to Sunday Market
With your holiday lights back in their bins and daylight still elusive, what’s a Seattleite to do to fight the winter gray?
Consider adding some new lighting to your home to create focal points, infuse personality and stave off the gloom. Here are some picks for pieces that shine.
CHANDELIERS & PENDANTS
Add opulence with a show-stopping chandelier or pendant. “Don’t be afraid to select lighting that veers from your home’s main style,” says Anne Adams, co-owner of Adams Architecture in Seattle. Dramatic fixtures are also a great way to add artistic elements or color to neutral interiors, she says.
With its array of glimmering crystals and steel stems, Ashford Classics Lighting’s Modern Crystal Chandelier Pendant Light in Chrome ($300 at Seattle Lighting or destinationlighting.com) is a fresh take on a frou-frou classic.
Reminiscent of a bird’s nest with twig-like metal sticks, Kichler’s Organique 5 Light Olde Bronze Chandelier ($693 at wayfair.com or amazon.com) offers eclectic elegance and rustic flair.
For a cheery pop of color, consider the artisan hand-blown Tiny Bubbles Blown Glass Pendant Lights ($475 each at artisancraftedlighting.com) made by Whidbey Island artist Suzanne Guttman Healy. Hang them in a cluster over your dining-room table or in a row above your kitchen island.
Looking for an unconventional conversation piece? The handmade Michael McHale Tribeca Collection Single-Bulb Chandelier Pendant ($116 at lightology.com or michaelmchaledesigns.com) combines industrial chic with bohemian bling by mixing plumbing-style steel fittings with leaded crystal.
Add some glam to the old can shape with the Angelique Collection 5″ Decorative Can Trim ($181 at Harold’s Lighting, Wallingford), which creates instant dazzle in your entryway or kitchen.
A quick way to liven up décor, table lamps can act as accent pieces in bedrooms or common areas.
“Almost anything can be made into a lamp,” Adams says. If you have something you love — a vase, a small sculpture, a cherished heirloom — take it into one of Seattle’s local lighting experts (such as Harold’s Lighting, Luxe Lighting in Greenwood or Hansen’s Lamp and Shade in Lake City) and have them create a one-of-a-kind piece.
Handmade by Seattle ceramic artist Kristin Nelson and available in a variety of colors, Kri Kri Studio’s Space Needle Table Lamp ($575 at etsy.com/shop/krikriceramics) is created using the coil and pinch technique, giving the lamp’s surface a soft, hand-sculpted texture.
How about some affordable urban trendiness? Consider the architecturally inspired Studio Wire Frame Table Lamp (on sale for $80 at JCPenney), with an open wire frame base and drum shade in a rich charcoal gray.
Fans of mid-century glamour will appreciate the sleek lines of the West Elm Deco Marble Table Lamp ($229), featuring sheets of white marble framed by brass-finished hardware.
For an industrial take on the traditional desk lamp, try Rejuvenation’s Cranberry Classic Desk Lamp ($180 at rejuvenation.com), with a bulb-shaped glass shade and aged brass finish.
If understated illumination is what you’re after, consider the minimalist rectangular design of Pablo Pardo’s Cortina Lamp ($220–$496 at ylighting.com), which provides alluring reflected light via a translucent fabric diffuser.
As a stand-alone focal point, task illuminator or way to highlight art or architectural elements of your home, floor lamps offer drama and flexibility.
At 78 inches tall, with a modern, sleek design and satin-nickel finish, Sonneman’s Arc 1 Light Floor Lamp with Nickel Shade ($570 at lightingdirect.com) complements an array of décor styles.
For a touch of youthful whimsy, consider Target’s 5 Head Multi Arm Lamp ($60). Each of its five sockets is shielded by a different color shade. Flexible stems allow you to direct light wherever you wish.
A cast aluminum and steel reproduction of an authentic Hollywood studio light, Restoration Hardware’s 1940s Hollywood Studio Floor Lamp ($2,495) is a standout classic that’s sure to take center stage.
WALL LAMPS & SCONCES
Typically used as low-key fixtures in bathrooms or hallways, sconces can make more of a statement when used in unexpected ways.
The simple stacked design of Progress Lighting’s White Pocket Hardwired Wall Sconce ($70 at Lowe’s) provides simultaneous up and down illumination in a modern white finish.
Reminiscent of berries on the vine, Sklo Studio’s Branch Wall Sconce ($1,840 at GR Home, Laurelhurst) features hand-blown spheres of Czech crystal on a steel armature.
Love the beauty of the rain? Bring a streak of elegance into your bathroom with the Varaluz Rain Collection Bath Light ($239 at Lamps Plus or amazon.com). The recycled, hand-pressed glass panels mimic the beading of raindrops on a window.