8 of the Best Lighting Ideas We Found on Instagram

Lighting Ideas


If there's one design element that can completely transform both the look and feel of a room, it's the lighting. The right light can make a space feel dark and moody or light and airy, depending on what you're going for. It can reinforce your design style or infuse a room with an opposing type of décor for a more eclectic look.

The point is lighting matters. So if you're thinking of replacing your old lights, you'll want to think about the type of mood and style you're hoping to evoke. For instance, if your home falls into a more eclectic category, consider hanging a vintage pendant from the ceiling. On the other hand, if your style is strictly minimalist go for something simple like an oversized, white lantern light.

In need of a bit more inspiration? Keep scrolling to take a look at eight of the best lighting ideas we found on Instagram (and shop each style as you go). From modern to contemporary and everything in between, here are a few stylish spaces we discovered on Instagram.

A Pair of Pendants

Kitchen Pendant Lights

This stunning all-black kitchen designed by Nina Freudenberger and photographed by Jessica Alexander feels incredibly contemporary, with sleek cabinetry, a glamorous backsplash with an agate design, and a vase of chic branches. Of course, the lighting is equally impressive. Two identical globe pendant lights hang from the ceiling above the bar counter to tie the room together and provide just the right amount of light.

Allied Maker Arc Globe
Allied Maker Customizable Arc Globe $2,000

A Contemporary Floor Lamp

Living Room Floor Lamp

Designed by Ginny Macdonald for actress Floriana Lima, this living room features a tall floor lamp with a gold base and white shade. It's tucked away in the corner between a green velvet sofa and a rustic accent chair. If your space is lacking overhead light, consider a similar floor lamp to illuminate your room in style.

Lulu and Georgia Jovanna Floor Lamp
Lulu and Georgia Jovanna Floor Lamp $550

A Chic Chandelier

Contemporary Chanddelier

What better way to enjoy a bubble bath than beneath a contemporary chandelier? This white bathroom designed by Lindsey Borchard and shot by Amy Bartlam feels so much more luxurious thanks to the geometric gold chandelier that hangs above the freestanding tub. Paired with wall art, plants, and light blue Roman shades, this is bathroom décor done right.

Antique Brass Chandelier
Cost Plus World Market Antique Brass Orb 5 Light Chandelier $75 $67

An Oversized Lantern

White Pendant Lighting

Based on how chic this rustic white bedroom is, you shouldn't be surprised that this space belongs to interior designer Leanne Ford. It's so good, it stopped us mid-scroll when looking through photographer Tessa Neustadt's profile. While there are many design elements to be admired in this textured bedroom, it was the oversized pendant lantern light that really caught our eye.

Nelson Saucer Pendant Lamp
Design Within Reach Nelson Saucer Pendant Lamp $495

A Vintage Pendant

Vintage Pendant

Create a mix of styles and eras with a vintage pendant light, like the one seen in this post from interior designer Haley Weidenbaum. Photographed by Jillian Spikins, this white, paneled front entry evokes modern cottage vibes that are contrasted by this rustic green pendant light. It's a great example of how to incorporate vintage in any space.

Baroque Revival Early 20th Century Bronze and Green Gass Lantern
1st Dibs 1900s Gothic Revival Wroght Iron and Stained Glass Lantern $1,287

A Pair of Globe Sconces

Globe Sconces

Globe sconces flank both sides of a brass arched mirror in Sophie Carpenter's bathroom shot by Lily Glass. These sconces are a chic alternative to traditional overhead lighting in the bathroom, and they contribute to the contemporary style of the space.

Alto Sconce
Cedar and Moss Alto Sconce $219

A Sputnik Chandelier

Sputnik Chandelier

This dreamy living room comes courtesy of lifestyle guru Cara Irwin. It's a glamorous space featuring a large white sofa, a clear glass coffee table, a mid-century modern credenza, and an off-white accent armchair. The room is framed by a large area rug, while the focal point of the space is undoubtedly the sputnik globe chandelier on the ceiling. The gold and black details look luxe and feel fresh.

Troy Lighting Ace 8-Light Chandelier
Troy Lighting Ace 8-Light Chandelier $920

A Natural Pendant

Natural Pendant Lighting

Natural materials like jute, rattan, and wicker are all the rage at the moment (and for good reason). Photographed by Candice Brooke and designed by Nicole Davis, this kitchen puts the trend on full display. The white space is grounded by dark hardwood floors and the rope and wicker pendant light that slinks down above the kitchen island. It softens the crisp white interior and makes this space feel relaxed and welcoming.

Flora Pendant
Pottery Barn Flora Pendant in Rattan $299

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