One of the most interesting pieces of art in a home is lighting. It captures the attention of everyone that walks in a room when it's unique. I always encourage my clients to change their lighting. Why spend so much money on furniture and accessories yet buy a standard looking light fixture that kills the excitement of the room? You mine as well hang a flashlight from the ceiling and call it a day...
I recently came back from Market Week in High Point and was in awe with the lighting in the showrooms. Obviously the furniture is stunning and the upcoming trends are breathtaking yet without lighting everything looks rather blah. A room isn't complete until it has all the important elements of design. So instead of looking at what your neighbors have or browsing the Internet for what "looks nice" visit a local showroom. Go and personally see the impact a room has when incorporating the "art" of lighting. I can't tell how many times I've walked into a space and saw the same light fixtures from another residence....yawn. Their are thousands of lights and all you have to do is find ONE that stands out and makes a statement. Lighting is a form of art so whether you're trying to sell your home or complete a room, look for fixtures that inspire you not bore you.
Take a look at some of the lighting I found at market week that inspired me (courtesy of Four Hands). They're even more stunning in person!
--All attached pictures were taken at the Four Hands Showroom in High Point, NC