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Let Us Illuminate You: 4 Unique Light Fixtures

By: The Balance Design Team

Often, a great room design starts with finding the perfect light fixture as inspiration. Whether it be modern, traditional, farmhouse, or eclectic in style, a light fixture can set the tone for the entire space. Here are a few unique light fixtures that we’ve been fawning over lately, anxious to use in a new design project.

Photo Courtesy of Allied Maker 

As designers, we can tire of the “popular trends” that you see so much of in the mainstream market. We love this pendant from Allied Maker because it is functional adornment — a visually interesting architectural accent that transcends the trends of the moment. There is a lot to love about it, like the mix of materials (glass/leather/metal) and how the frosted glass shade bathes a room with diffused light. The bulb actually shines light onto the inner wall of the glass to create this soft effect. Simple, classic, enduring.

Photo Courtesy of NextLevelStudio

Etsy is a go-to source for lighting inspiration. Artisans selling their one of a kind designs can be both personal and cost effective. This sculptural chandelier feels like a game of Jenga meets LED lighting meets Hygge. Can you even get more eclectic than that?

Photo Courtesy of Umat Yamac

We have absolutely fallen in love with the abstract lighting designs of London-based designer Umat Yamac. Inspired by nature and the clean lines and geometric forms of origami, all fixtures in the Perch Light Collection are constructed from synthetic paper and are complemented by brass metal accents. A special mechanism within the fixtures allows each bird to sway back and forth, creating an ethereal and immersive experience. Swoon…

Photo Courtesy of MadeByLuum

Oversized, bespoke chandeliers are typically thought of in grand, traditional settings and usually include crystal and sparkle. We’re here to tell you there are more options — and they work with a variety of styles! This chandelier by LUUM Lighting mimics the graceful filtered light of a forest canopy. The cut metal discs cascade down like leaves on a vine. This is certainly a statement piece, as it is as much artwork as it is light source. It’s the perfect marriage of grandiose and natural simplicity.

So whether you’re in the mood to spruce up your own space or looking to get inspired for a professional project, keep in mind that something as seemingly insignificant as a light fixture might actually be that missing link you’ve been searching for. And remember that great design stands the test of time — whether one year from now or twenty.

 

Elements of a Photoshoot

By: Shelby Adamson

Many of us find ourselves opening up a magazine to peruse the beautiful photos and think, “why doesn’t my home look like this?” Well, coming from a team of designers that do this on a daily basis, there is a lot of work that goes into these productions to get the perfect shot!

When scheduling a photoshoot, there are a few key aspects to consider. First is the time of day. The ideal time to photograph is when the sun is overhead, allowing for good lighting and avoiding harsh sun rays that tend to hit in the later afternoon.

Courtesy of Tracy Cox for Balance Design.

Then we scout the room — take a few test shots to review later and determine what needs to be added and removed from the space. (We typically pull out anything that feels too large or doesn’t compliment or enhance the space). Sometimes a beloved piece of furniture is incredibly comfortable, but appears too visually bulky through the lens of the camera. Finally, a color scheme is determined with pillows, accessories, textural pieces, and most importantly plants! Flowers and foliage are a designer’s best friend, whether we’re going for leafy, tall, full, soft, or angular — the greenery really amps up the attitude of the room.

Courtesy of Danielle Clockel for Balance Design.

On the day of the photo shoot, the initial shot is reviewed on a computer screen to see how different factors affect the image: shallow vs deep depth of field, varying levels of lighting, vertical vs horizontal orientation, etc. The hardest part of this process is removing yourself from the physical environment and focusing solely on the image onscreen to determine what visually works, what does not, and what needs to be rearranged. Many pieces that appear “perfect” in a photograph have actually been maneuvered into strange positions to have the correct proportions (thanks, lens distortion!). Multiple shots are taken in various angles and orientations, as well as full room and vignettes to spotlight the designer’s favorite details.

Courtesy of Christina Wedge for Balance Design.

After the photoshoot is over, the photographer processes the many (many) files and layers multiple photos of the same room to optimize exposures, which ensures that certain areas are highlighted, others are complimented, and the rest fall away. Once the editing process is complete, the designer and photographer review the finished photos to determine any additional tweaks and edits.

Courtesy of Christina Wedge for Balance Design.

Finally, favorite shots are chosen and the final product is a beautiful, layered, and labor intensive work of love!

 

Need We Say More? Crescent Chandelier

By: Danielle Clockel

Just the right amount of asymmetry adds a touch of whimsy to this modern pendant cluster. We love the visual movement, and the unexpected take on a simple and classic shape!

Need We Say More? Lobmeyr Metropolitan Chandelier

By: Danielle Clockel

Photo courtesy of Atelier Courbet.

Looking just like a firework in mid burst, this chandelier has us in the spirit of the Fourth of July. We hope everyone has a great holiday!

Need We Say More? The Petite Vertigo Pendant

 

Grand lighting can be the final accessory needed to bring life into a space, just like a necklace, bag or even a hat!

This show-stopping pendant by Constance Guisset is reminiscent of Kentucky Derby hats in all the best ways. It is oversized, feminine and just pretentious enough. We’re in love with the whimsical silhouette, clean lines and mesmerizing shadows that it casts.

Photo by Domino https://domino.com/modern-neutral-hollywood-home-tour

A conversation piece for any space, best served with good friends and a mint julep.