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How To Select Light Fixtures that Work Together in One Room (without being matchy-matchy)

mixing matching lights

While many designers prefer to keep their tips and tricks a secret, I strongly believe that what you put out into the world you get back tenfold, and with that I am always willing to share my sources, and my design advice to anyone who’s interested. From my favourite vintage rug sources to how to combine pillow patterns, you have a question? I’m your gal.

But today? Today we’re going to talk about something crucial, and that’s lighting. It’s the one thing that seems to intimidate folks more often than not. But the truth is, mixing and matching lighting in one space (or, heck, throughout your whole home) so that it feels cohesive without being matchy matchy isn’t quite as difficult as it may seem. The secret: ensure that there is one element that ties everything together. It’s truly that simple! This post is in sponsorship with Capitol Lighting | 1-800Lighting.com, and I’ve picked a ton of their *stunning* fixtures to show you just how it’s done. 

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Are you a lighting newbie? I hear ya – don’t panic. This tip is probably the easiest to implement – you can have as much fun as you want with styles, shapes, scales and the like. So long as the finishes are cohesive, they will automatically feel like a pair. Here are a few great examples…

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Black & Gold

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black gold

sources: chandelier | lamp

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Bronze

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bronze

sources: chandelier | lamp

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Nickel

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sources: pendantflush mount

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Now, this one is a little more difficult as you do have to pay attention to scale, but the rule of thumb is still pretty simple. If you ensure that all of your lighting fixtures follow a similar shape, you should be in the clear no matter their finish. Here are a few examples…

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Architectural

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sources: chandelier | lamp

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Soft, Round & Sculptural

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(as featured in my office, above)

soft round

sources: semi-flush mount | lamp

 

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If you’ve got a little more design savvy under your belt, this is another great tool to utilize when selecting lighting for your home. In the case of matching styles, you can have fun with shapes, textures, colours, and materials – so long as they’re each in keeping with a similar style you’re good to go. Here are a few great examples…

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Country

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sources: chandelier | lamp

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Glam

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sources: chandelier | lamp

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Modern

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sources: chandelier | lamp

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Lastly, you can match materials. Whether you opt to go au naturel with wood and stone, or keep it simple with all things sparkling glass, here are a few great examples…

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Iron

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sources: sconce | chandelier

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Natural Materials: Wood & Stone

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sources: chandelier | lamp

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Glass

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glass

sources: chandelierpendant

SHOP ALL OF THE LIGHTING IN THIS POST: 

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Thank you to Capitol Lighting | 1-800Lighting.com for sponsoring this post. And a big thank you to you, my sweet reader for sponsoring my sponsorships. It really means a lot and gives me the tools to put together more in depth posts for you. 

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  • Jennifer
    November 1, 2017 at 11:00 am

    I love your office, it’s gorgeous! Thanks for the lighting tips and visuals….very helpful.

    • Jacquelyn Clark
      November 9, 2017 at 11:32 am

      Thank you so much! I’m so glad I could help

  • Mary
    November 2, 2017 at 12:26 am

    What a beautiful office! Would you share where you found your desk? Thank you!

    • Jacquelyn Clark
      November 9, 2017 at 11:32 am

      Thanks, Mary! It’s from Ave Home

  • Kate
    November 5, 2017 at 1:47 am

    Came here to see if you had tips on how to pair lighting fixtures in the same room, BAM, exactly what I was looking for. Thank you!

  • Insign
    November 6, 2017 at 12:50 am

    Very nice blog information.
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  • Ensileta
    November 6, 2017 at 2:12 am

    Thanks for sharing this kind of information.
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