Let the Lighting Do the Talking

Apr 23, 2020

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From pedant to flush to chandelier, the lighting that appears to “come with the house or apartment” is a must-change or update or refurbish or modernize but made to look retro in order to finish the aesthetic you desire in your new decor project that is your home, your sanctuary.

Once I began changing the lighting in my homes each time I knew what I wanted regarding the style, when the lighting change, the room changed dramatically for the better. With so many wonderful resources for retro-style fixtures made brand-new to fit the electrical wiring needs of new homes, the sky is the limit.

London-based interior designer Kerri Lipsitz demonstrates the transformative power of effective lighting choices in this Primrose Hill Townhouse. Beginning her career in fashion “working in PR and communications roles for Prada and Yves Saint Laurent”, her eye for thoughtful design balancing both feminine and masculine qualities in each room pays respect to the architecture while telling the narrative of the inhabitants. I have selected a handful of the images that showcase the lighting – I especially love the pendants above the Aga stove in the kitchen (seen above and just below) – simple, yet delicate and functional for the necessary lighting needed in the kitchen – but be sure to tour the entire home here.

Key Decor Takeaways:

  • Try to keep the time-period of the styles aligned as mixing modern with retro confuses the aesthetic. Now this is not to say you cannot mix and match modern furniture with retro lighting, but keep the lighting, at least the lighting that can be seen in one’s line of sight, aligned for a cohesive, powerful look.
  • Sconces need not be large to be significant in statement. Notice in the bathroom and in the living room.
  • Remember that clear lamp shades enables the room to appear larger as nothing is obstructing the view of the onlooker.

Enjoy the tour of the entire home, and definitely follow Kerri Lipsitz on Instagram for everyday elevated inspiration.

Images via Kerri Lipsitz

2 thoughts on “Let the Lighting Do the Talking

  1. Thank you for the reminder! It’s such a simple fix and allows you to showcase your personal style without permanent change.

    I will have to remember this when I move next year to Texas…lol

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