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Friday, 15 July 2011

Trend: Decorating With Exposed Bulbs

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It's been used to decorate many an industrial bakery, cafe and bar but it been yet to take a prominent position across mainstream decorating stores. I am of course talking about exposed lighting, which has been enjoying a steady resurgence in popularity over the past year or so. No surprise then that big brand decorating stores on both sides of the Atlantic - namely West Elm and John Lewis - are embracing the trend, with filament lighting featuring across both of their Autumn/Winter and Fall collections. I think the look works best in multiples - cluster together a series of simple, drop pendants or line up a trio of table lamps along a sideboard, using different shape bulbs to add interest. I've added a Calex bulb to my photographic standard lamp, which gives off a warm, smoky brown hue - I love how the light dances upon the metallic surface. Have you ever used exposed bulbs for your lighting?

18 comments:

  1. While I love the look, particularly in industrial rooms I do find it funny that only a few years ago everyone went to a lot of effort to cover the old exposed lightbulb. Now, with the advent of energy efficient funnily shaped bulbs, everyone has developed a sudden and all-embracing love for the old round style!

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  2. I love bare bulbs ... (I've just realized that sounds kinda dirty, huh?) LOL

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  3. you make the most casual of things grand! i love it!

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  4. Thomas Edison would be so proud! I'm liking this trend.

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  5. i've noticed the trend too and especially love the look over a dining table or over an island or bar in a kitchen. xx

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  6. I do like them but I think to get impact you need to hang them in a bunch, otherwise it can look like you simply haven't put on the lamp shade.
    I also love the coloured wire flex that you can get too.

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  7. great article and i think its really good
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  8. I love the look especially for a kitchen or dining area! Very industrial chic. I love a silver dipped bulb - just one in a simple white ceramic surround is a great alternative to a traditional sconce!
    xo Allison

    www.spicerandbank.blogspot.com

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  9. such a beautiful old school revival, in protest against the instant-depression-inducing cfl! i love them. i hadn't seen then in the uk. very excited about this for our little old country cottage. x!

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  10. fun. I love the bulb look, will...donna

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  11. I adore the good old fashioned exposed bulb. I have noticed them in a number of homes that I've shot lately too. Happy to see them! Love your first shot to btw. Have a good weekend Will.

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  12. I love this trend! It's chic, industrial and they look effortless!

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  13. Im a big fan of industrial interiors and and think these lights/bulbs just add the finishing touch.
    Great post.

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  14. Oh wow, these lights are incredible... I love West Elm's take on them.

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  15. ah yes I do like this!! I've been looking for a few string of lights for my porch that are like this. <3 it!

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  16. This is a fabulous trend...many boutiques and restaurants have been using these for years...I'm so glad they are readily available now for the home. I am trying to decide where I want to hang the ones from West Elm...love!

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