Mid-Century Modern: Lighting (36 of Our Favorites & Everything You Need To Know)

Mid-Century Modern week is in full swing, and we’ve already covered the history of the style, as well as our furniture recommendations to get the look. Today we’re giving you all the info you need on lighting.  

There’s no shortage of all types of Mid-Century lighting. From chandeliers to sconces to table and floor lamps, the assortment and options that truly work in this style are pretty endless. After all, this style is among the most popular today, and these types of lighting options can work in so many different design styles. But, what do you look for when searching for lighting?

Today we are here to share the details that define Mid-Century lighting and some of our brightest ideas (get it?) for shopping this style.

 

If you missed our posts earlier this week, be sure to check out What is Mid-Century Modern? and Mid-Century Modern: Furniture. And for those of you that might be saying, “Nah, Mid-Century isn’t for me…” Well, keep scrolling because Mid-Century IS FOR YOU and is a style that blends well with almost every other style. It’s neutral, iconic, and graphic making it the perfect type of lighting for just about every space.

Design: Gamfratesi

CHANDELIERS & PENDANTS 

WHAT YOU’ll SEE

  • Brass, chrome and black
  • Round and curved shapes
  • Metal shades
  • Glass globes
  • Multiple lights
  • “Bubble” design

WHAT YOU WON’T SEE

  • Chain link
  • Ornate designs
  • Candleabra style bulbs or lights
  • Pleated or patterned fabric shades
  • Rough metal or ironwork

 

Photo: DWR
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Design: Lovisa Häger

WALL SCONCES

 

WHAT YOU’ll SEE

  • Brass, chrome and black
  • Metal shades
  • Perforated metal
  • Long, delicate arms with megal shades or exposed bulbs
  • Hourglass and cone shape

WHAT YOU WON’T SEE

  • Overly complicated designs
  • Square shapes
  • Lots of detail

 

TABLE & FLOOR LAMPS

WHAT YOU’ll SEE

  • Brass, chrome and black metal
  • Round and arched shapes
  • Wood, metal and ceramic bases
  • Tripod legs
  • Fabric shades
  • Multiple lights

WHAT YOU WON’T SEE

  • Chunky bases
  • Sharp angles
  • Distressed or antiqued metals

 

Design: Gamfratesi

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