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  • Today’s kitchen layouts make the most of the activities this room sees often: cooking, gathering, entertaining or even working. No matter what you’re using the kitchen for, the most, proper kitchen lighting is key to ensure the layout is most successful for your day to day. Kitchen lighting creates atmosphere and accentuates design elements. And, […] The post How to Get the Light Right for Differe...

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  • We’ve all done it: painted a room our new favorite color, fallen in love with it, then flipped on the light switch to find…the color looks completely different. How does this happen? As it turns out, light plays an enormous role in our perception of color. Whether it’s shining from natural light or your favorite […] The post Lights, Colors, Action: How to Pick Paint Colors to Match Your Lighting G...

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  • What do a wave, a restaurant and an Eskimo woman’s leather pants all have in common? It isn’t the setup for a groan-worthy joke, but rather the possible names of an iconic Finnish design. Alternately known as the Aalto Vase, Savoy Vase and Eskimåkvinnans skinnbyxa (say that 10 times fast—I’ll wait), Alvar Aalto’s 1936 glass […] The post Designs We Love: The Aalto Vase appeared first on Design Matt...

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  • Even in the dark, it’s an easy problem to spot: You walk into your living room after a long day. You flip on all the lights to bring the room to life. You pick up the remote…and you still. can’t. see. While its incredibly common, poorly lighting is an encumbrance to any successful interior design. […] The post Is Your Home Too Dark? appeared first on Design Matters by Lumens.

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  • Monochrome white kitchens are something we are choosing to leave in 2018. Yes, I know it’s classic. Yes, I know it’s clean. But the sterile lab-like kitchens just don’t invite people in and make them want to stay there. Whether it’s a bright appliance, a patterned tile or a warm wood accent adding color to […] The post 10 Cool + Colorful Instagram Kitchens appeared first on Design Matters by Lumen...

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  • Twice a year, in January and June, thousands from around the world flock to the Dallas Market Center for the “LIGHTOVATION” tradeshow, where lighting manufacturers reveal their latest indoor and outdoor decorative lighting to folks like us here at Lumens. What’s shown in Dallas is a bellwether of the brightest and best top trends in […] The post Lightovation 2018: The Best+ The Brightest appeared ...

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  • Take a stroll through home decor Pinterest or Instagram feeds, and you’ll be inundated with chic, impeccably decorated spaces that look like they’ve never been touched by the clutter of everyday life. Sure, these rooms are often styled by interior decorators. But it’s possible for anyone to curate cozy spaces that are as photogenic as […] The post How to Create a Photo-Ready Space appeared first o...

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  • Remember the days when you’d go to your friend’s house and hang out in the den all day with the big screen TV? Well, these days, with a pocket-sized TV on our person at all times, the term “media room” probably doesn’t have the same meaning as it did back in the day (and yes, […] The post Steal This Style: Modern Media Room appeared first on Design Matters by Lumens.

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  • New year, new you. Or are you more new year, new home? The season of self-reflection (and guilt about that extra box of chocolates) is upon us full force. While making changes in your life is, of course, the priority, more and more that seems to involve making changes to your living situation. A clean […] The post Determining the Scope of Your Home Project appeared first on Design Matters by Lumen...

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  • As our lives seem to move faster and faster every day, looking forward can be a risky business. However, the New Year gives us an excuse to not only have a fresh start but to take a look at what to expect from the world of design in the coming months. So grab your notebooks, […] The post Design Predictions for 2018 appeared first on Design Matters by Lumens.

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  • As modern architecture continues to evolve, one trend seems to be on the tip of everyone’s tongue these days: prefab houses. But haven’t prefab (pre-fabricated) homes been around for quite some time? Pre-built, pre-cut or pre-assembled housing has been around for well over a century. But with new iterations of prefabs in terms of style, […] The post Putting the Fab in Prefab: Pre-Fabricated Homes ...

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  • There’s nothing quite like a modern master bedroom. Its uncluttered aesthetic is both calming and functional, helping you wind down after a long day while staying organized. The room here serves as an example of such a space, showcasing wide open walkways, minimalist lighting and furnishing, and a soothing neutral color palette. If this look […] The post Steal This Style: Bright + Shiny Master Bed...

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  • As we recover from the holidays and make room for new beginnings, the New Year is the perfect time to give your home a fresh start. There’s no need to wait for spring to get started; while cozying up indoors this season, a little spruce here and there with DIY projects and quick fixes can […] The post Quick Tips for a New Year Home Refresh appeared first on Design Matters by Lumens.

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  • The new year means a chance to shake off the old and make room for the new. Even if you have your style nailed down to a T, there are always updates that can be made to keep your look fresh. Let’s see where you are, and what you need to try in 2018. The post Design Quiz: New Things to Try in 2018 appeared first on Design Matters by Lumens.

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  • New home trends are always popping up. From concrete countertops to herringbone wood floors, trends come, go and come again. While we constantly change the finishes, styles and layouts of what the modern home is, we do not often question how the shell that contains all these elements is formed. But what if the shell […] The post Thinking Outside the Box: Shipping Container Homes appeared first on ...

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  • Technology continues to make the seemingly impossible possible. In lighting, we’ve gone from candles to gaslight to electric. After the introduction of electric lights, the major evolution was in the light source, going from incandescent to CFL to LED. Technology has also impacted how lighting can be made. While many lighting companies have moved their […] The post Contemporary Lighting, Tradition...

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  • Open up your living space this holiday season with the light, organic aesthetic of modern Scandinavian design. Though a visual breath-of-fresh-air all year round, the design’s natural warmth is especially pleasing during those long winter months of lit fireplaces and steaming cups of cocoa. The following living room serves as a great example of what […] The post Steal This Style: Light + Bright Li...

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  • Leonora Mahle is a fresh voice in the world of interior design. Born and raised near Sao Paulo, Brazil, a metropolitan city with a rich cultural and architectural heritage, she became inspired by the warmth and simplicity of Brazilian Modernism at an early age and has since incorporated this movement in her own work. Now, […] The post Designer Spotlight: Leonora Mahle appeared first on Design Matt...

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  • Are you sick of seeing your outlets stare at you from across the room? Well, you might be surprised to discover that there are solutions for that which can also happen to make fun, unique gifts this holiday season. Pop-Out Outlet The adorne Pop-Out outlet is perfect anywhere you’d like to hide outlets when they’re […] The post How to Light Up (and Pop-Out) This Holiday Season appeared first on Des...

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  • As the holidays quickly approach, I am constantly on the hunt for the perfect gifts for my family and friends. Being an interior designer, I find home items are always the most interesting and useful gifts. Something unique, hip and on trend are all absolute prerequisites. Below is my holiday gift guide, with my top […] The post Hip Gifts for Happy Holidays appeared first on Design Matters by Lume...

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  • Finding the perfect gifts for your friends and family seems like it should be a cinch, but some people are just too hard to shop for! We’re here to rid you of your gift-giving woes with some questions about these giftees personality types. Since you know this person the best, these questions will help you […] The post Design Quiz: Best Gifts for the Hard-To-Buy-For appeared first on Design Matters...

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  • It’s hard to believe 2017 is quickly coming to an end, which also means that the holidays are upon us. With time ticking away, we decided to go on a hunt at Lumens.com for gifts that just about anyone would appreciate for their home. From lighting to furniture to accessories, there are a multitude of […] The post From Design Milk: 10 Awesome Gifts for the Home appeared first on Design Matters by L...

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  • The holiday season is nearly upon us. And, while most American families have their own traditions, we can all greatly benefit from the recognition and, perhaps, adoption of the traditions of other countries and cultures. So, for a truly memorable holiday, hold off on the tree, the colored lights and the cardboard cutouts of Santa […] The post Destination Design: 5 Different Ways to Holiday appeare...

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  • Summer’s behind us, and so are picnics, plastic forks and paper plates. Now that dining must move indoors until better weather returns, it’s a good time to reevaluate our dining habits at home. Whether you are a busy type who eats standing over the kitchen sink or have gotten into the habit of having dinner […] The post 3 Ways to Set a Modern Table appeared first on Design Matters by Lumens.

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  • The holiday season is prime house guest time. But there’s no need to be afraid. While having people in your home is inherently disruptive, it can also be a great time for everyone. Make the most of your visitors and make sure you are being the relaxed and engaging host that you can be with […] The post How to Make Guests Feel Welcome appeared first on Design Matters by Lumens.

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  • Copenhagen has long been revered as a leader in quality design, from its 1950s Danish Modern furniture and lighting influences to its focus on unique contemporary architecture. It’s no mystery that this city knows its way around beautiful design. But what makes Copenhagen truly unique is the wave of cultural influence to live and breathe […] The post Copenhagen: Living Design Every Day appeared fi...

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