How to Choose Lighting | Your Best Lighting Guide

Let’s be truthful, lighting can be tough!  It’s not easy for decorators either!  Why?  Several reasons. Firstly, there’s so much to sift through….EEK!  Sometimes it can feel like you are looking for a needle in a large haystack!  Secondly, choosing lighting requires visualization…an ability to see and imagine the finished look before it exists.  It’s not easy.  That’s why Jodie and I created this lighting guide!  We have done the “sifting” so you don’t have to!  In this post we share our own lighting journeys and some absolute favorites we wish we had a space for.

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Neither Jodie nor I built our homes.  However, we did replace most, if not all of the lighting in both of our homes.  Each and every lighting choice was a process and a labor of love.  We did our homework comparing prices, quality and most importantly carefully selecting the right style we wanted for each space.  The end result is always worth the effort.  So come along with us on our lighting tour, take notes.  We hope you find the perfect light to brighten your rooms and come away inspired for future projects.

Jodie’s Lighting Guide

Gorgeous Kitchen Pendant Lights

Lighting Guide: Classic Pendant- Flared Glass

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Lighting guide for kitchen pendant lights


Kitchen Eating Area Chandelier

lighting guide: Distressed Wood Sphere Chandelier

This one chandelier was completely transforming for Jodie’s home.  It holds a special place in both our hearts as it was a gift from me.  She was unsure about it, but I knew it was going to be amazing.  And it is!  Also, I love being right 🙂

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Front Entryway Chandelier

lighting guide Classic Iron with drop crystal Chandelier

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Living Room Chandelier

best lighting guide Gold Quatrefoil 3-Light Pendant

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lighting guide bronze hanging chandelier

Family Room Hanging Light

ultimate lighting guide handmade natural fiber shade

This Ikea shade is $29.99. It is the shade only. You can purchase a separate hanging light kit by clicking on this photo below.

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Julie’s Lighting Guide

Dining Room Chandy

lighting guide farmhouse vintage chandelier

This beautiful chandelier is from Antique Farmhouse. The more I look at lighting the more I appreciate this chandelier.  You can contact the folks at Antique Farmhouse if you don’t see it listed in their revolving inventory.

Kitchen Island Hanging Lights

Solid wood industrial medium sized orb chandelier

I have 2 of these Bramble hanging lights over my large kitchen island, and they make a real statement.  You can purchase this Bramble solid mahogany light fixture. They are called Infinity Single Bulb in size medium.


lighting guide Wooden Industrial orb chandelier


Lighting Guide: Kitchen Eating Area Chandelier

lighting guide Mondern Industrial Metal Orb Chandelier

This is the closest I could find to my metal orb chandelier online. Mine is a pewter metal and this is a darker metal, but I like this one as well (and it’s less expensive).  Click below to view details and purchase.



Metal Industrial orb chandelier

Lighting Guide: Daughter Bianca’s Room

lighting guide Gorgeous Faceted-Crystal Chandelier

This crystal chandelier is nearly identical to the one I chose to put in the corner of her room.

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lighting guide stunning crystal chandelier

This flush-mount crystal chandelier is the exact one I put above her bed to add just the right touch to her space and blend beautifully with her “matching” corner chandy.  I just love the look…timeless, feminine and sophisticated.

lighting guide Gorgeous Faceted-Crystal Flushmount fixture

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Son Julian’s Room

lighting guide Modern industrial Iron Orb 6-light Chandelier

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lighting guide iron industrial orb chandelier

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Modern Crystal Elegance

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Jodie and I both agree…we’ve loved this light since first we saw it appear on the design scene and it shows no sign of waning in our hearts…the true sign of a timeless piece!

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Beaded Wonder

lighting guide with Dramatic Wood Bead Chandelier

Looking for a major style statement?  Jodie and I are swooning over this beauty, which we’ve dubbed “the beaded wonder”…and I’m currently seriously considering it for my front entry…decisions, decisions.

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Signature Modern Farmhouse Candle Chandelier

lighting guide 12-light candle style modern farmhouse chandelier

We love the classic, clean lines of this modern take on a traditional farmhouse style candle light.  Click below to view details and to purchase.

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Lighting is a key component in the design of any space, so take your time, gather your inspiration and have fun making your rooms shine.  We hope you found this lighting guide helpful and inspiring for your next lighting projects.

Happy Decorating!

With love, Julie & Jodie, The Design Twins

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  1. Nancy says:

    Thank you for this blog post. I look forward to researching these great possibilities. But I have a question……does the fixture/chandelier have to be centered over the table. The way my kitchen is laid out with a fireplace sitting area our present light fixture is centered for the entire area, not the kitchen table. Any suggestions?

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Dear Nancy, Thank you for visiting our blog. Well, without seeing the space I can’t answer definitively. However, with a table nearby it usually would look best centered above the table. It is not always the case, and I can imagine it being centered in between the table and the fireplace possibly…especially if there is something under the chandelier like a rug or small seating area. Maybe there’s not enough room for a seating area…Again, hard to tell you without seeing. The other option is to extend the chain and drape the chandelier over to where you want it…like Jodie did in her living room. Hope either of those suggestions help. Blessings, Julie & Jodie

  2. Marci says:

    We have the same fixture in our kitchen!! Love that beaded one at the end. I want more than anything to put the crystal one from Pottery Barn in our laundry room!!! Great lighting choices ladies!

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Aw, thank you Sweet Marci! We love your generous support. You always make us feel loved and appreciated. We hope we do the same for you because you are and we do, haha! Blessings to you, Julie & Jodie

  3. Bri Adams says:

    Such gorgeous lights! Thank you for rounding them up for us. I’ve got a similar light in my son’s room. LOVE it.

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Hey Cute Bri! Thanks for visiting and for leaving a sweet reply. So happy you enjoyed the lighting inspiration. It is challenging to sift through and thought many people could perhaps benefit from this roundup! Hope you are having a great summer. XO ~ Julie & Jodie

  4. I really liked the form of the globe structured island light. My wife and I are redoing the lighting in our kitchen and wanted to add new lamps that really make the place seem more cozy. Thank you for all of these fantastic and trendy lamp ideas!

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Thank you Jack. We’re so glad you found these resources helpful. That was our hope in putting together this post. Cheers to a great end result. We hope you will return to our blog often for more inspiration. XO ~ Julie & Jodie

  5. Considering how many lighting options most homes have to choose from there really is a lot that you have to take into consideration. The article makes a particularly good point about choosing the lighting based on rooms. After all, the lighting you’d choose for a kitchen would be very different then the kind you would want for a bedroom.

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Thanks for stopping by. Lighting is so cruicial to a home. As you know it can make or break a room. Thanks for your input. Take care, Julie

  6. Kate Hansen says:

    It was helpful when you said to take your time when choosing lighting. My husband and I want to get new lighting for our kitchen. We’ll make sure to keep these tips in mind as we search for kitchen lighting to get.

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Glad you found the post helpful! Choosing lighting is so important that it really does help to take your time. Good luck, Julie & Jodie

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