19 Lighting Combos + The Rules of Lighting
Pulling together the lighting scheme for a room is hard, confusing and often quite overwhelming. Hence why there are companies and designers that solely focus on the lighting in a home or property. Think of it like picking out an outfit without actually being able to try on the clothes first. Yes, you might like all the pieces individually and yes they might look like they work in theory on your body but once they all arrive and they are on your body, you might look like you got dressed in the dark (pun intended). Designers often say that lighting is the jewelry of the room, but in fact, without lighting there isn’t going to be a room to see at all – so lighting is far more than a decorative accessory or an afterthought. We’ve pulled together a few roundups before where we tacked some of our favorite sconces, floor lamps, and even chandelier and sconce combos but we have never pulled together a roundup of full lighting schemes that included: sconce, table lamp, floor lamp, and chandelier, so we thought…. why not?
But before we get into these combos, let’s take a second and establish the ground rules.
- Overhead lighting is not sufficient for a room – every room should have at least two (if not three sources of lighting).
- What are the different types of lighting? We go into deeper detail about all the types of lighting in this post, but the main types of lighting are: overhead – which includes can-lights and pendants, directional – which would include metal shaded lights or spotlights, ambient – which would include fabric shaded lights that put out an ambient even glow, and last but not least, accent – which is mostly decorative.
- You should have light coming from at least a few different heights to help evenly disperse the light throughout the room.
Now that we have the ground rules in place, here are some lighting combos that we have mulled over, thought about, and pulled together for you that check all of the boxes all while staying stylish and ready to buy for your home.
We have this lamp in our living room and I cannot say enough good things about it. It always elevates the look of every room we put it in (we’ve moved it around quite a few times) and it is graphic without being too bold. We pulled together a full post about why colored lamp shades are such a great asset to any room, so head there for more info. This combo leans a bit mid-century and retro but all the elements in it are classic enough to not feel dated in a few years. We love this combo.
You might recognize that chandelier from Corbett’s recent dining room reveal and it was so good (both in price and in looks) that we had to include it in one of the combos. It really can work with so many styles but we pulled in some other elements that help it sway more California Casual, which you know we are fans of.
Simple and modern in all the right ways. This may look slightly boring and too simple but remember that there are going to be quite a few elements in your room with color (walls, textiles, furniture) so having these white and chrome elements will allow them to pop off the color and stand out in a sophisticated way.
This combo is sophisticated while still being graphic and modern. It’s striking and feels very special although all the pieces are quite simple in shape and construction. A note on the floor lamp, the glass sphere on those is actually clear but with the way that it is photographed (on a black background) it looks like they are black orbs rather than the clear glass that they are.
Ok, we know this one is a little out there, but we had to get a little colorful and eclectic with at least one combo on this list. Does this work for every house? Absolutely NOT, but does it channel some 80’s golden girls vibes in an updated and fun way. Yes. We can see this one in an eclectic and fun beach house filled with personality and style.
This one could have been called California casual but has a slight handmade and organic quality to a lot of the elements in it. We can imagine it in an all white room with light tones of wood and lots and lots of handmade ceramics sprinkled around the room.
This one is giving off some major lounge, library, and den vibes. We’ve used quite a few of these pieces in person (including the chandelier) which we have over our dining table and I love it so much.
For those of you with tall ceilings, this chandelier is for you. Set it on a dimmer and you have yourself one dramatic light source.
Brass and black will always be a timeless combo and all of these fixtures would work with just about any color palette or style that you mix them into.
Brass has dominated the metallics game for a while but copper is making a big comeback so we wanted to highlight some of our favorites in this warmer color.
This one is an eclectic yet refined combo that would work so well in a house filled with lots of light and plenty of wood.
For those of you with a traditional house, this one can work for you. Depending on the style of your home it could lean more farmhouse, more east coast chic, or more traditional. All of the elements are timeless and simple so they will never go out of style.
We will always be fans of a good mushroom lamp and this new one from Schoolhouse is something that everyone in the office is wanting. We echoed the chrome in the sconces and then the rest of the pieces stayed white and simple to allow the chrome to really stand out.
This has some slight brutalist and architectural vibes (a style that became famous for showing off the more rough construction elements) but these pieces would look so good paired with some really beautiful mid-century wood pieces in your home.
For those of you that haven’t seen this new lucite lamp that Target is carrying let me tell you, it is going to sell out fast (if it hasn’t already) so run and grab it. It also comes in a black and wood version (we have the black) and it looks so high-end in person.
That chandelier is sure to make a statement so we started with that and worked around it to build this black and brass combo of lights.
This one is going in that rustic beach cottage we all want. You know the one with layers and layers of washed linen, driftwood, and no shoes anywhere to be found? All the elements feel slightly handmade which helps it to evoke a casual vibe rather than a more formal “east coast hamptons” vibe.
This could easily have come straight from the set of “A Single Man” and we love the mid-century, artistic, eclectic vibes that it is giving off.
If regency is your vibe, or if you want something that leans slightly more formal and feminine then this combo is for you. Both the table and floor lamp are from Target and once again (as always) they look so high-end in person and you’ll fool everyone into thinking you spent more than $150 for the pair.
So which one is your favorite? And as always, let us know if you have any questions, and to check out more of some of our favorite online lighting resources head here.