Design Ideas for Chicago Lofts

Loft living creates its own design challenges, especially in Chicago. Near the top of the design dilemma list is what to do with lighting. Loft lighting can make it difficult to define the space while being both fashionable and functional, but with a little planning and creativity, it can be done. Here are three unique lighting design ideas to make Chicago loft living just a little bit brighter:

Pendant Lighting

Great for places with tall ceilings, like many Chicago lofts, pendant lights can accentuate a room’s height and spread light without taking up valuable floor space. Pendant lights can be hung over the entryway or above a countertop, kitchen table, or sink. Just be sure to hang the light with room enough to be able to walk or sit comfortably underneath without bumping your head. Pendant lights come in a variety of sizes, styles, and finishes and can be customized to meet your exact needs. This warehouse pendant light is a fabulous option for hanging above tables or hallways and accentuates the industrial feel of many Chicago lofts.

Design Tip: Hang pendant lighting to accentuate high ceilings. Choose a high-fashion fixture for a stylish focal point.

Design Tip: Hang pendant lighting to accentuate high ceilings. Choose a high-fashion fixture for a stylish focal point.

Gooseneck Lighting

If you want to illuminate wall art or even an outdoor element, gooseneck lights are a great option. The lamps are wall mounted, but use a serpentine neck to shine the light back on the wall. Gooseneck lights are traditionally used outdoors to light signs and pathways, but can also be a great interior addition. Gooseneck lights add an intimate feel to an open loft and are great for defining areas and architectural details. This angle shade gooseneck light is large enough to make a statement but small enough to not overwhelm a gallery wall. Plus, it comes in 25 color options to match your décor.

Sconce Lighting

The most classic of the three lighting options, wall sconces mount on the wall and shine light all around. They are perfect along a hallway or for defining different areas of a loft. Use matching sconces in a row to lengthen the look of a loft, or place a single sconce near the dining area for a café-light experience. Sconces are a small way to add bright light and a fresh dash of style. This vapor tight wall sconce can withstand the elements for exterior or interior décor and will illuminate your space while adding a pop of color and modern style.

Chicago loft living doesn’t have to be dull and dark. Illuminate your space with a variety of lighting for a place that is bright and perfectly yours.

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