Versatile Lighting Fixtures, AKA “Style Chameleons”

Progress Lighting explains how versatile lighting fixtures can change a room’s lifestyle design using different finish options and other style choices.

Versatile Lighting Fixtures

It’s incredible how a lighting fixture can look different when produced in a different finish color, placed in a different lifestyle setting, or when fabric shades are swapped out for glass columns. We call these versatile lighting fixtures "style chameleons.”

Versatile Light Fixtures Are a Fluid Style Statement

Our new-for-2022 Elara Lighting Collection is the perfect example of how indoor lighting can be a fluid style statement just by changing options. The Elara Collection shares the same design elements of a slender frame punctuated with stylized finials inspired by chess pawns. However, many Elara styles have optional accessory shades that give the fixtures completely different looks. For example, tapered white shades furnish a more traditional look, or select a white drum shade for a new traditional feeling. Clear glass shades provide a crisp modern style, especially when paired with transparent glass bulbs. Another option is to no shades at all, allowing the fixture to cast beautiful, unobstructed layers of light in a room.

Elara Spicer Versatile LightingThe Elara Lighting Collection Showcases its Versatility

Here, three Elara fixtures in this room show the fixture’s versatility. The Elara Foyer Light welcomes guests with unshaded candle slips that create clean illumination. In the living room, the Elara Six-Light Chandelier with tapered frum shades is a contemporary focal point. The two Elara Wall Lights flanking the fireplace also feature tapered shades, providing the perfect accent light. They are all finished in crisp matte black, presenting a harmonious accent to the room's rich décor scheme of white, bright gold and royal blue.

Elara_Luxury_Bathroom_AG02_P300358-009-crop_WEBCreate a Contemporary Look with Glass Lighting Shades

The Elara Bath and Vanity Light offers a distinctive look in the bathroom with its transparent glass shades and brushed nickel finish. The fixture has a clean, contemporary style that pairs perfectly with the bathroom's modern light, white and gray color palette, making it at home in modern, mid-century modern and contemporary settings.Carrollwood ceiling fan

Lighting Fixture Finish Options from Light to Dark

Above is an example of how a finish change brings versatility to a fixture. The Carrollwood ceiling fan is available in several combinations of finish combined with dual-finished reversible wood blades. When used in a children's study area, Carrollwood, finished in white accented with soft gold bands and natural cherry blades, brings a light and airy look to the room. This lighter finish combination makes the fan ideal for coastal, contemporary, mid-century modern or even modern farmhouse settings.

Carrolwood Black ceiling fan

Here, the Carrollwood ceiling fan is finished in matte black, generating a striking contrast to the room's organic appeal. Calm colors, greenery, and wood tones are a quiet backdrop for the fan's all-black finish that centers the room with dramatic style. The soft gold band trims complement the gold finishes on furniture and artwork found throughout the room's décor. Because of its bold look, Carrollwood in matte black is a well-suited for industrial luxe, contemporary, modern farmhouse, new traditional and mid-century modern settings.

Think Outside the Interior Design Box

The lesson here? Think outside the interior design box. Online retailers and manufacturers' websites categorize lighting fixtures in different ways to help sort your options. One of the primary categories is by design lifestyle: traditional, farmhouse, coastal, and so on. Lifestyle categorization helps narrow shopping selections by the overall design of your home. To widen your options, try browsing lighting first by finish or size to bring up versatile lighting fixture styles that you may not have thought of. As a result, instead of being pegged to a particular design lifestyle, you can choose lighting that you love.

Learn more about design lifestyles here.

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