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Sleek Brazilian Design: A Modern Designer Desk Lamp

Brazilian Desk Lamp

The bright and striking colors are what really makes this modern designer desk lamp stand out. Then there is that soft dented textured. The Batucada collection is a truly Brazilian infused lamp. Designed by Brunno Jahara and manufactured by Vialight.

“Batucada stands for a percussion rhythm of Brazilian carnival parties, where many instruments are made of cans or tin pots.” – Brunno Jahara

Brazilian Desk Lamp

Brazilian Desk Lamp

Each aluminum piece is hand hammered, making each lamp is unique. The Batucada collection includes purple, black, green and bronze versions of the modern desk lamp.

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Italian Designer Lighting Profile: The Beluga Collection

Round Italian Lighting

The Beluga lighting collection is a bold but sleek range of spherical light fixtures. They are designed by Marc Sadler and made by Fabbian, an Italian designer lighting company. There are 4 collections under the Beluga name, which includes a range of different types of light fixtures that can be fitted all around the house, or in commercial spaces.

Beluga Steel

Beluga Steel Designer Lighting

Beluga Steel Designer Lighting

Beluga White

Because of it’s simplicity and neutral color, the Beluga White range would be ideal in residential settings. The range includes floor lamps, standing floor lamps, wall and ceiling lights, pendants and track lighting.

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Beluga Color

The Beluga Color designer lighting

Beluga Alu

The Beluga Alu range, consists of floor lamps which can be used indoors or outdoors. There are two colors and two types: LED or incandesent light fixtures.

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Fabbian is an Italian company, producing designer lighting. They have showrooms in Italy, the US, and Brazil and have independent retailers selling their products all over the world. Find out more here Fabbian.

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L&L Design Guide: Cove Lighting Ideas

Cove lighting provides sophisticated indirect lighting. It is used for general ambient lighting as well as accent lighting. The light bounces off of the walls and the ceiling, creating even lighting across a room. It makes a space feel larger, taller, and wider, while giving it a contemporary look. There are a number of cove lighting ideas and ways of using this design element in a space.

cove lighting ideas

Light Types – Florescent and LED Cove Lighting Fixtures

The traditional way of creating cove lighting is to use florescent strips. These can sometimes create dark areas in-between the lamps, and are not as easy to use in curved spaces. LED lights are a lot more flexible as the strips of LEDs can bend around curves and corners. There are less mechanical parts, they use less energy, and create less heat in a room. They can also come in different colors, or for commercial settings they can be programmed to change colors. Because they use less energy, LED cove lighting is much more cost effective. When it comes to commercial cove lighting for retail, hotels, and restaurant lighting, places that have their lights on all day, LED lights will be most beneficial. LED lights need to be used if you want dimmable cove lighting – giving you more control of the lighting in the space. (Pegasus Lighting has a range of cove light fixtures for sale)

Cove Lighting Design Ideas

Cove lights need a place for them to sit, out of sight. The common process is to build a false ceiling, where the ceiling is lowered,  and have the lights fitted in a cut away within the false ceiling.

Within the basic form of ceiling cove lighting there are a number of design options:

– Multi-level cove lighting are used in more commercial spaces to create a dynamic ambiance

A home theater using multi-level cove lighting

– There are a range of shapes in which the ceiling that houses the cove lights can be made into. The most common design takes up the whole ceiling, in a rectangular shape. There are more decorative options, in more angular shapes or even curved forms as seen in the pictures below.

Using different ceiling shapes to form unique cove lighting designs

A kitchen using a unique shape for cove lighting

– The ceiling that the cove lighting highlights can be built and decorated in a number of different materials and finishes (i.e. wood or polished concrete), to suit different décor styles.

– Cove lights can be used alongside other ceiling lights, as they accentuate the other light fixtures. Cove and recessed light combinations are most common in homes. But pendant lights or even chandeliers can be combined with cove lighting ideas.

Cove lighting can be used to highlight other light fixtures

Reversed Cove Lighting

Instead of building an entire ceiling that spans the entire space, a section of the ceiling can be dropped down that will house the lights as seen below.

Only a portion of the ceiling has been dropped down

Crown Molding Cove Lighting

A much simpler way of adding cove lighting to any room is to use the crown molding method. This doesn’t require the heavy construction work of adding a false ceiling. Instead crown molding juts out from the wall, leaving a ledge above where the cove lights can be fitted and softly glow on the walls and ceiling. This style of cove lighting will make the space feel much, much taller.

Using crown molding is a much simpler way of adding cove lighting

Another example of crown molding cove lighting

Cove Dome

A dome ceiling is another cove lighting idea

A recessed dome can be created into a ceiling, in which the lights will sit hidden around the perimeter of the dome. This circular ceiling piece is an elegant feature in a space and one that will create a focal point in a room. A chandelier can hang down from the center of the dome to add more to this feature.


Wall cove lighting

Wall Lighting

There are a number of areas where cove lighting can be used within walls. Some examples include using them for bathroom mirror lights, installed behind large pictures or paintings, behind headboards in a bedroom, or just to create a decorative backdrop.

Within homes and retail spaces such as shops, bars and restaurants, display cabinets can have cove cutaways at the bottom and the top for light fixtures to hide from sight. Objects can be evenly lit without the glare that comes from normal halogen or tungsten display lights.

Cove lights being used behind a bar for display lighting

Floor Lighting

Floors can also be lit with cove lighting. Have a look at our post on floor lighting ideas for the section on floor cove lighting.


Adding any of the cove lighting ideas highlighted here will create a new dimension in a room. They easily make a space feel larger than it is, while providing even, soft, and relaxed lighting.


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Floor Lighting Ideas: Taking Your Interior Design to the Next Level

Floor lights are used for guiding people or as accent lighting to illuminate walls as a backdrop. Adding floor lighting to a home adds a luxurious touch. You want to add a number of different light fixtures to a space to create different lighting effects – floor lighting ideas can help in achieving this. This range of light effects is what creates a visually beautiful setting. Here we will go over ideas on lighting floors inside and outside of the home.

Floor lighting ideas

Recessed Floor Lighting

Recessed lights installed up against a wall

Recessed floor lighting is probably the top choice when it comes to adding floor lighting. This will require some constructional work to create holes for the lights to sit in and the wires to route to them. Or if you are looking for landscape lighting ideas, solar powered recessed lights only require the base hole and no additional wiring. When it comes to in floor lighting, they are usually installed up near against a wall – this is so that the light washes onto the wall. While outdoors, recessed lights are also used to light pathways and stairs.

When it comes to in home recessed floor lighting, you’ll need to choose the right light fixtures. As people will be walking over the lights, possibly barefooted, you don’t want them burning their feet. You will want to look for lights that are rated “cool to touch” such as florescent or LED floor lighting fixtures – while tungsten or halogen lights could burn.

Recessed floor lighting

There are also other areas where recessed lights can be fitted:

-To the base of kitchen cabinets

-To the vertical parts of steps in a staircase

-Into walls, close down to the floor (in stairways or hallways)

Hidden Lights

It is a lot more elegant when you can hide the light fixtures. The light will gently diffuse off of walls and the floor providing a soft glow of light. This also helps in preventing glare which is easily caused from floor lighting as they are usually in a person’s eye line.

Cove lighting

Adding cove floor lighting will be a major undertaking. You will need to dig up a shallow trench, and then a cut away where the lights can be laid hidden. You can see an example of floor cove lighting from a scene from the movie Inception, when the characters are in the Japanese castle.

A scene from Inception showing cove floor lighting

Using Rope Lights to Create Modern Floor Lighting

Rope lights can be simply laid out on the floor along a wall. Or they can hidden and fitted under couches, or under kitchen, TV or book cabinets for a much more sophisticated and softer look.

Rope lights can be used for a range of floor lighting ideas


A small can light, like this one from lampsplus.com ($14.99) can be used for floor lighting

Small can lights can be placed on the floor and along the walls. They can also be hidden behind plant pots and couches out of site.

You will want to avoid downlights in most areas of the homes. They can create a tunnel like effect if a number of them are used side by side. One placed here and there around the home can still work.

Specific Outdoor Floor lighting Ideas:

Some outdoor floor lighting ideas include post lights that you can plant into the ground. These can be either electrical or solar powered. Another option are downlights that are fitted into walls, stairs, or posts.


Home Design Guide: Hall Lighting Ideas

As most hallways don’t have any windows bringing in natural light, they can be quite dark and dull areas of the home. Just having one light in the middle of the hallway, will usually result in dark areas – as seen in the before and after picture below. The hall lighting ideas below play an important role in creating a comfortable and spacious part of a home.

hall lighting

The Two Types of Hall Lighting

There will be two types of hall lighting fixtures. The first and most important is ambient lighting – which is lighting that makes an area visible, comfortable, and allows people to navigate easily. The other type is accent lighting. This is used for more decorative purposes and adds a luxurious touch to a hallway. The purpose of accent lighting is to highlight certain objects or areas (creating focal points), such as gallery lights pointed towards art pieces, or other lights pointed towards a vase of flowers, or other décor pieces.

The Size of The Hallway

The size of the hall will have an impact on the amount of lighting that is needed to make the space look pleasant – the length, width and height all play a role. There should be a light fixture every 6 – 10 feet, depending on the type and brightness. The following picture from witandwhistle.com hallway makeover shows that one light in a long hallway is not enough.

Multiple lights are needed to fill up a hallway space


Hall Lighting Ideas

Ceiling Lighting

Recessed lighting is one of the more common lighting styles in newly built homes. The lights are hidden within the ceiling, providing a clean, minimalist, and modern hallway lighting style. When used in a hallway, they will make the space look taller. If you do go with recessed lighting, make sure they are well spaced out to prevent creating an office look. There are also directional recessed lights (also known as ‘down lights’), where the angle of the lights can be adjusted. They can be pointed towards walls and act as accent lighting to highlight framed pictures, or other décor pieces. These light fixtures are usually installed closer to the walls than normal recessed lights.

Recessed lights can be used with other hallway lighting ideas to provide multiple lighting effects – adding to the visual appeal of the space.

An example of a reccesed light and a directional down light in a hallway

Spotlight recessed lights installed close to the wall to provide accent lighting

Directional spotlights can be adjusted to point to certain areas in a hallway

Directional spotlights: If you have a small, compact hallway, more in the shape of a square than a rectangle, directional spotlights would be a good choice of lighting. These are 3 lights grouped together on a circular base, but are pointed outwards. You can change the angles of the lights, and have them point towards the different walls and corners of the hall.

Track lighting: A simple lighting solution for narrow hallways are track lights. As seen above in the Wit and Whistle before and after picture, track lights easily fill a space with light. The great thing about them is that they only use one outlet – so you can upgrade a single ceiling light into multiple hallway lights, relatively easily.

Track lights can also be adjusted

Track lights help fill a long narrow hallway with light

For tall hallways you will want to have light fixtures that bring the light closer down to the floor. Short or long pendant lights are ideal for taller hallways as seen below in the hallway makeover done by The Old White Cottage. A mini chandelier hung in the middle of the hall will act as a décor feature, and will scatter light around the hallway. Hanging ceiling lanterns are another example of pendant lighting. Flush mount lights are another way of adding ceiling light to a hallway.

Elegant pendant lighting

Cove lighting: If you are looking to do some serious remodeling, then cove lighting could come into play. This is when a false ceiling is installed and lights are hidden in a cutaway. The light bounces on the ceiling and walls to create an elegant and soft glow of light. Cove lighting works well in addition with recessed hallway lights.

Sun Tubes / Sun Pipes / Skylight: Sun pipes are pipes or tubes that come down from the roof, letting natural light stream down into a hallway on the top floor of a house. They do require slight constructional work, but they add solar lighting in the day, and a view to the night sky. The same goes for the larger skylights.

A hallway bathing in natural light from a skylight

Wall Lights

Wide and much longer halls will need to have wall lights added. Here are a few ideas for different types of wall light fixtures for hallways:

Horizontal sconces can be attached to walls to add lighting to a hallway. You will want to space them apart 6-8 feet and have them 60” off the ground, the same applies to wall washers.

If you have a light colored ceiling, you can light it up to make the space feel larger. This can be done with wall washers, which diffuse light upwards onto the walls and ceiling.

Be careful with using downlights placed low down on the walls, as this can create a tunnel like effect.

Gallery or goose neck lights can be fitted over paintings or framed pictures to add accent lighting to a hallway. There are even battery operated picture lights that simply attach to a frame, eliminating the need for wiring and electrical work.

More pictures of hall lighting design:

A recessed skylight provides lighting in the day while a pendant light is used at night

Large hallways require ceiling and wall lights

A much much larger hallway using uplights at the top of the columns to wash the ceiling with light and create a grand setting

Using multiple hanging lanterns


Luxury Lighting PROFILE: The Trump Home Collection

The Trump brand, world renowned for its luxury real estate developments such as the Trump International Hotel and Tower (New York), Trump Park Avenue (New York) and the Mar-A-Lago Club (Florida) to name a few, has launched the Trump Home Collection – a luxury home furnishing offering. It features furniture, mattresses, room décor, a bath collection and lighting. Their luxury lighting offering includes 36 different styles: Regency, Lincoln Square, Chelsea, Seven Springs and Briarcliff are some of the Trump Home Lighting Collections. They encompass a wide range of styles and timeless designs. Highlighted below are just a few examples of the vast Trump luxury home lighting Collection.

Trump Lighting Collection

Regency: One of Trump’s luxury lighting collections

From the Regency collection, these wall lanterns and a grand pendant light are made out of solid cast iron and have a burnt bronze finish. The leaf and gold detailing create truly luxury interior lighting fixtures. Other fixtures from the Regency collection include other wall lights and pendant lighting, and a number of chandeliers.

Trump Lighting Collection

Tribeca: Modern luxury lighting

The Tribeca Collection design style is inspired by Manhattan living. The polished nickel with cream colored shades, form a minimalistic and sophisticated collection. The luxury modern lighting of the Tribeca Collection is ideal for more contemporary interiors.

Trump Lighting Collection

Modern floor and table lamps from the Empire and Park East Collections

The Empire and Park East Collections host a range of elegant and modern, black shaded lamps.

Trump Lighting Collection

A few examples of the Senecal Trump lighting collection

The Senecal Collection brings a European style to the Trump luxury lighting portfolio. With their Egyptian crystal and bronze finish, these are beautiful shimmering light fixtures.

For more information on Trump Home Lighting and to find dealer close to you visit the ELK Lighting site. LampsUSA.com sells these light fixtures online: prices range from $100 for a simple wall light to $2000 for chandeliers.

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