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Lighting Style Guide

We know defining your  interior design style is not easy, which is why we hear so many combinations of styles such as “modern with rustic accents” and “transitional with a touch a glam.” Not only is interior design style vast, it’s also extremely personal, so it’s a tricky concept to define.

That said, we have simplified the process by identifying four styles of light fixtures – Modern, Industrial, Rustic, and Classic. We looked at the origin and influences of each, as well as the unique materials, shapes and details that make up the four styles.



lv BrummelGrande Kitchen Lighting Style Guide

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Let’s start with modern. The key to achieving a sleek, modern look is to keep it clean and uncluttered. Modern fixtures are comprised of sleek lines and strong geometric shapes. A modern fixture is simple, minimal, and typically uses metal and polished finishes. You would likely see a modern fixture hanging in a chic and contemporary South Beach hotel, or a minimalistic Manhattan loft. However, a modern fixture can certainly add a chic update or fun element to a more traditional space. Check out these tips for choosing a modern ceiling light.

mm Lighting Style GuideEurofase Leggero Pendant

Maxim Lighting Pinnacle Chandelier

LBL Lighting Sphere Rubberized LED Chandelier

Fredrick Ramond Method Chandelier




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Built on inspiration from the Industrial Revolution and mass production, industrial style fixtures commonly use steel, metal and recycled or raw materials. Lanterns, metal cages and exposed vintage Edison bulbs are general elements of industrial style. While commonly paired with spaces featuring exposed structure or urban elements, industrial style fixtures can complement almost any interior. Industrial pendants over a kitchen island or table is a growing trend in both homes and restaurants, including these spots illuminated by Lamps.com.

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Feiss Urban Renewal Chandelier

Kichler Tinley Pendant

Hudson Valley Randolph Pendant

Hinkley Lighting Quentin Pendant




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Rustic style fixtures aren’t just for the country farmhouse or mountainside lodge. Due to it’s versatility, a rustic fixture can be the perfect accent to a modern loft or a classic-style home. Rustic details add an element of comfort by connecting the indoors with the outdoors. Natural elements and earthy textures such as wood, rope and concrete create a warm and inviting atmosphere. Antique bronze, as well as distressed and vintage finishes are common elements of rustic fixtures.

rr Lighting Style GuideCurrey & Company Fruitier Pendant

Corbett Lighting Shoji Pendant

Feiss Allier Chandelier

Hinkley Lighting Iron Rust Wyatt Chandelier




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With ornate and elegant features, classic style fixtures are timeless. This traditional style utilizes detailed craftsmanship and elaborate silhouettes. Common elements include dark woods, linen shades, crystals, glass and luxurious finishes. Opposite of the abstract fixtures commonly associated with modern style, classic fixtures embrace symmetry and gentle curves.

cc Lighting Style GuideELK Lighting New York Renaissance Chandelier

Hinkley Lighting Larchmere Chandelier

Eurofase Ciatura Chandelier

Hudson Valley Barstow Pendant



You’ve probably noticed while shopping on our site that you can now filter by these four styles. If you are having trouble finding a fixture to fit within your interior design, one of our experts is here to help. Just send an email describing your design need to design@lamps.com, or call us at 888-602-7011 and you’ll have design recommendations within 24 hours.