New Year—New Ways to Lighten Up

Pottery Barn, World Market, Ballard Designs, West Elm

Want to squint less, see better in your home this year? Then check out these new light fixtures. They’ll work wonders in dark foyers, hallways and closets—and even by the bed (where there is seldom enough light for reading). And did I mention—they just happen to also be gorgeous?

Ballard Designs

With its double tier of dressmaker scallops and soft matte brass finish, Suzette just may be the prettiest ceiling mount light fixture ever to grace a ceiling. $209.

Pottery Barn

Although its name doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue (Pottery Barn, what were you thinking?), the PB Classic Articulating Flared Glass Sconce provides a simple solution to a common problem—how to get light right by the bed. The secret is an industrial-style, adjustable arm that bends both at its base and elbow. $189.

West Elm

The Duo Walled Chandelier packs a lot of punch into a small footprint. At just 26 inches wide, it features three hand-blown glass shades that are adjustable in height, so customizing light placement is a cinch. A high-end designer look with a chic black finish, black cloth-wrapped cords and industrial-inspired light bulbs, this chandelier is also priced for real world living. $299.

World Market

World Market is where I often find on-trend lighting at good prices. With its brushed steel trumpet base and natural cork drum shade, the Brushed Steel Pendant Lamp delivers lots of high-end bells and whistles with its sleek shape, mix of textures and use of cork (which is everywhere on the design scene). $219.

Winter is an ideal time to upgrade lighting. With less natural light available, it’s easy to see where those dark spots are that need attention. So lighten up and see better. You’ll enjoy your home more.