For retreat areas that you’ll use after sunset, include lighting in your design. Twinkle lights, outdoor lighting, lanterns, candles, solar lights—there’s definitely a light to suit your style. Consider combining different lighting options to give your retreat a dual personality—candles or twinkle lights for intimate gatherings or strings of larger wattage bulbs for entertaining. Built around a tree, this covered rooftop retreat features multiple lighting options, comfy built-in seating and even a bed for Fido. Pets like green spaces, too.
Designed for the whole family to gather around, the gray kitchen island centers the space and is clad in clean white countertops. Exposed bulb pendant lights illuminate the surface. The kitchen features an open floor plan that combines the breakfast nook and homework area.
The second island with chrome base bar chairs serves as a high-top table for casual meals and entertaining. Lantern-style pendant lights with Edison bulbs cast a warm glow over the marble countertop island. The open floor plan allows conversation to flow with ease.
Windows frame the large mirror over this vanity adding natural light and atmosphere to the space. His and hers sinks are fixed into the neutral countertop between fluorescent bulbs on the vertical sides of the mirror. Wood cabinetry creates a sleek floating vanity base and concealed storage.
As you might imagine, decorating Biltmore House's 35-foot-tall tree requires a lot of ornaments: 500 wrapped gift boxes, 500 traditional glass ornaments and 500 electric lights, in the Edison bulb style, to be exact.
On the far side of the room, a custom wall unit works overtime by storing the TV and displaying the couple's prized possessions. A sleek light fixture with exposed bulbs illuminates the space, while a faux-fur rug keeps the hardwood floors soft for the couple's new baby.
This stylish nursery belongs to the son of celebrity singer Nick Carter. Neutral upholstered furniture, including a rocking chair, provides a cozy spot for late-night feedings, while a wooden crib lends a mid-century modern vibe. Industrial light fixtures with exposed bulbs are positioned against hot air balloon wallpaper.
As part of the Virginia Green Lodging program, The Hollady House in Orange, Va., is dedicated to proactively reducing their carbon footprint. One of the ways they do this during the holidays is "by using Forever Lights, which are made from LED bulbs. They last for thousands of hours longer than traditional lights and use almost 80 percent less electricity." Photo courtesy of The Holladay House
This expansive backyard, designed by Cory Jorgensen, features a swimming pool that cascades over into a waterfall feature. Shrubs planted throughout the yard are trimmed into a plush, bulb shape for a full looking finish. The light concrete patio shines brightly in the sun next to the vivid green lawn.
This garden shed has a sloping roof on one side, and, on the other, a partially-covered porch. Stone steps lead from the ground to the porch, which has railing on two sides. Strings of exposed bulb lighting stretch from the house to trees.
The warmth of the neutral tones and wood details in this bathroom create a timeless traditional look. A double vanity is divided by extra storage. Each sink has a wood-framed mirror lit by a mounted, three bulb light fixture. Small horizontal tile adds a touch of understated detail bordering the countertop shape.
Natural light is the key to ensuring the proper color values of each tone; however, when a white-on-white tablescape is lit artificially or with candlelight, each shade will be strongly influenced by bulbs or flames, causing the colors to read more warmly with yellow undertones.
Wood beams create a deep coffered ceiling that mirrors the low height of the fixtures in the living room. Bulb pendant lights hang over the living room adding a sheen to the leather finish of the orange armchairs and brown sectional. A slate fireplace surround adds a cool tone accent perfect for contrasting the warm wood of the design.
The spacious, open design of this room makes for a grand look to the dining room. A rich wood dining table is surrounded by matching dining chairs below the wrought iron chandelier with small lamp shaded bulbs. Arched wood french doors let natural light into the room illuminating the built in neutral brick oven.
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This modern open plan kitchen and living room is kept bright with plenty of white, clean lines and stainless steel appliances. The grey kitchen island, topped with white marble, coordinates with the grey sectional sofa. Square barstools with brass legs and white leather cushions create fashionable seats for dining casually. The ultramodern, multi-bulb ceiling light fixture adds a spot of special visual interest.