Ceiling fixtures are an essential element to any well-lit home. They enhance the beauty of your decor, highlight the structural features of your home and create ambiance in any room. Whether you are choosing hanging fixtures for a single room or an entire home, selecting the right lights can be tricky. Let us guide you through the process with this collection of tips and suggestions from our staff of experts!

For many of us, kitchen islands serve a variety of purposes beyond food prep. They become makeshift home offices and homework stations during the week, and guests gather around them when we entertain. When installed over large islands, a trio of pendant lights will provide the task lighting needed for projects in the kitchen while complimenting the surrounding decor. For best results, be sure the middle pendant lines up with the center of the island and evenly space the others on either side with at least 30″ of space between them. Adjust the length of each so the bottoms of the pendants measure 30 – 36″ from the island surface.



For kitchen islands that are shorter in length (or for lovers of perfect symmetry!) consider hanging a pair of pendants to achieve a similar look. Create clean lines with petite hanging shades, or turn up the drama with oversized, industrial-inspired fixtures. The same rules-of-thumb apply for a pair: be sure to leave ample room (30″ – 36″) between the bottoms of the pendants and the surface of the island. The widest points of the pendants should be spaced at least 30″ apart, equidistant from the center of the island for an even spread of light.



A dining room chandelier is one of the best ways to make a statement in your home with lighting. Choose a style that compliments the architecture of your home or contrasts it for added interest. Leaving at least 30″ (but no more than 36″) of space between the table and the bottom of the fixture ensures you’ll have enough room for a vase of flowers or centerpiece, and an unobstructed view of your guests. The width of the chandelier should be at least 12″ narrower than the width of the table (6″ narrower on each side) to avoid casting unwanted shadows.

Pro tip: Layered lighting is the key to a well-lit dining room. While the table should be the center of attention, don’t forget to incorporate wall sconces or buffet lamps on a sideboard to create atmosphere and balance. Our wide selection and signature finishes make it simple to find pieces to accent our chandeliers. If you are looking for perfect cohesion, many of our chandeliers have matching sconce designs.


First impressions are important, and entryways set the stage for the rest of your home’s interior. Create a warm, inviting space with a statement light that will also provide necessary illumination for navigating the surrounding rooms both day and night. For best results, leave at least 7′ of space from the floor to the bottom of the chandelier, pendant or lantern. Be sure the widest part of the fixture measures at least 4′ away from any surrounding walls and note the distance needed for clearance when the front door is open.

Have any questions about our lights or their installation? We’re here to help! Contact our team of experts at 877.762.2323 or find your sales representative here.

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Whether your walls are filled with fine art or family photos, the addition of picture lights will bring attention to your most treasured pieces. Create your very own gallery with our wide selection of picture lights, all as elegant and stylish as the artwork they illuminate.

The right picture light will draw attention to the highlighted piece without obstructing the view of the art. To determine which size is appropriate for your picture light, start by measuring the width of the frame you plan to light.


For a more dramatic look (and more light), choose a light slightly wider than half the width of the frame.

Fear not; our wide variety of styles and sizes makes it simple to find the perfect picture light for every frame in your home!


more places for picture lights: bookcases

Picture lights are timeless fixtures that can look fresh when installed in creative ways! Illuminate your bookshelf to showcase your library and browse your titles with ease.

house beautiful

dean 18″ picture light

chango & co.

library 22″ picture light

best & company nyc

david 24″ pivoting art light

more places for picture lights: vanities

Light your reflection like the piece of art that it is! Picture lights can add a refined touch to both feminine and masculine spaces, which makes them a very attractive and unexpected choice for bathroom vanities.

the brooklyn home company

dorchester 24″ picture light

sutro architects

cabinet maker’s 18″ picture light

mabley handler

dorchester 30″ picture light


dean 24″ picture light

more places for picture lights: closets

Great closet lighting leads to great dressing. Install picture lights to display your entire wardrobe, or create your very own gallery of shoes!

bonesteel trout hall

cabinet maker’s 30″ picture light

dordorchester 18″ picture light

more places for picture lights: kitchen & bar

So refreshing! Picture lights make great accents to cabinetry and kitchen hardware.

structures building company

david 18″ pivoting art light

the renovated home

dean 24″ picture light

 Shop our entire selection of picture lights online or in any of our showrooms.




House Beautiful
May 2014

Brooke Davenport‘s new family home in Southern California has a chic, casual style.  The light interiors with pops of bright color are a beautiful inspiration for summer interiors. We love the serenity of the master bedroom, featuring the Modern Table Lamp and Annette Floor Lamp.

T. Keller Donovan‘s design for this home is a perfect fit its Palm Beach location.  The vibrant coral  pattern is beautiful against the white walls in the living room, featuring the Dorchester Swing Arm Floor Lamp.


Traditional Home
May 2014


New Jersey Showhuse Master bedroom by Marc Polo, featuring the Morris Small Lantern.

Showhouse Tour

Images from Traditional Home’s Designer Showhouse of New Jersey 2013

Foyer and Landing by Whitepop Design

Great Room by Angela Giguere-Kumble featuring the Aveline Table Lamp and Petal Floor Lamp.

Dining Room by Jennifer McGee featuring the Princess Mari Ann Chandelier.

Girl’s Bedroom by Heather McManus featuring the Adjustable Photographer’s Lamp.


Hello, Again

A 1928 Tudor comes to life with the help of designer Lauren DeLoach.


Forever House

A Tudor-Style home in Los-Angeles is transormed by designer Joe Lucas and Parrish Chilcoat.


Come As You are

A beautiful Florida home gets a fresh and colorful design thanks to interior designer Andrew Howard.

House Beautiful
December / January 2014

This issue of House Beautiful features a refreshing home makeover by Libby Langdon.  The New Jersey home, featuring the Carousel Table Lamp, Metal Banded Table Lamp, and Ruhlmann  Three Light Chandelier, was made over in just a day’s work. The single day makeover is one of the many Libby Langdon does on her new TV show, Daykeover with Libby Langdon.

House Beautiful‘s December / January 2014 Kitchen of the Month, featuring the Small Hicks Pendant and Boston functional Library Wall Light, is a gorgeous combination of white, gray, and brass.

New York Cottages & Gardens
Holiday 2013

The Holiday 2013 issue of New York Cottages & Gardens featured our favorite project of the year, Project Design 2013, in A House from the Heart.  The heartwarming project was a collaborative effort by Kravet, NYC&G, Anthony Baratta, 27 top design firms, and many sponsors to redecorate the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island.

November / December 2013

Veranda‘s November / December 2013 issue features a beautiful, safari-inspired home  on the New England Coast.  We love the neutral palette throughout the home, which features the Boston Functional Library Two Arm Wall Light and Medium Chelsea Reflection Sconce.



Fun patterns, beautiful vignettes, Jonathan’s sense of humor, and of course lots of happy colors are the perfect recipe for an instant good mood.  Jonathan Adler’s book Jonathan Adler on Happy Chic Colors is a great reminder of what decorating your home should be about – reflecting your personality and the way you want to live.happy chic colors book

“Your home should reflect who you are, so pick a palette that’s close to your heart and run with it.” – Jonathan Adler

We were inspired to share some of our favorite color packed rooms, and a selection of happy chic quotes from the book.


“Use Accessories to echo the colors of surrounding fabrics”

“You can’t go wrong with blue and white.”

“I do believe that yellow has healing properties.”

“You simply cannot go wrong expressing yourself in black and white; it’s a fail-safe pairing that’s graphic yet neutral and impossible to screw up.”

“Pink, red’s wayward little sister, is just fun!”

“Orange = Electrolytes for your eyeballs”

“I am a firm believer in neutrals to anchor bright pops of color; a neutral palette lets you go batty with hyperbolic hues and unapologetic patterns.”

“Turquoise makes a captivating accent color and is especially sassy set against a white background.”

“I think Mother Nature’s greatest gift to humanity is the color green”

“Whether it’s silver leaf, bold gold, platinum glamour, beaten copper, shredded Mylar, or antique brass, metallic surfaces add drama and fantasy to your decor.”

“Blue is a versatile design tool; it gets along swimmingly with so many other shades.”

“Unusual color combinations are so much more effective than the expected matchy-matchy standbys.”

“Punch it up with pink — a shockingly elegant accent”

“Lemon yellow is lime green’s best friend.”

“Orange looks zesty with white.”

“Bold colors will make you happy!”

We couldn’t agree more!  We want to know…What’s your favorite hue?

December 2012

Marianne Brandi and Keld Mikkelsen’s home is featured in the December issue of Lonny Magazine. The home is is sophisticated and comfortable. Vendome Single Sconces and  Basil Flush Mounts add light and style to the the luxurious master bath. The Kerry Swing Arm Wall Lamps provide reading light on either side of the bed in the master bedroom.

December 2012

The December issue of House and Home featured the Kate Table Lamp by Alexa Hampton and the Thornton Table Lamp by Suzanne Kasler.

Fall 2012

The Fall issue of Trad Home features a comfortable desert home in Scottsdale designed by David Michael Miller. The home features some classic pieces like the Extra Large Hicks Pendant and Mercer Long Box Lights by Thomas O’Brien in the guest bath. In the master bedroom sitting area, the Boston Functional Library Wall Light provides added warmth to the cozy space.

Luxe Interiors - Dallas + Ft

LUXE INTERIORS – Dallas and Fort Worth
Fall 2012

A beautifully renovated home in Houston graces the pages of the Fall issue of Luxe Interiors, Dallas and Fort Worth. The Yoke Pendants blend seamlessly with the stainless appliances and marble used throughout the space. Circa Lighting was also featured in the Scene In Store section with the Victoria Pendant shown on page 78.

Luxe Interiors - Chicago

Fall 2012

A 1937 French Provincial, on lakefront property, gets a complete make-over to become the dream home for one Chicago family in Luxe Interiors’ Fall issue. The French Decor Horn Sconce is featured on page 234 in the family room.

December / January 2013

House Beautiful’s December/January issue features several pieces by well known designers Alexa Hampton and Barbara Barry. The “Master Class” section focused on Alexa Hampton’s career and featured four of her classic flush mounts – the Vivien, Basil, Sophia and Audrey.

January 2013

Small space make-overs was one topic covered in the January issue of Southern Living. Designer Ty Larkins used the Goodman Hanging Light in the 65 square foot closet he updated into a gentleman’s haberdashery.

We are so excited to be a sponsor of the House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year and, to have several of our lighting pieces hand selected by famed kitchen designer Mick De Giulio. This is the second year we have participated, and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the result.

The polished nickel pendants over the sink make a statement, yet, blend seamlessly into the clean and classic design. Walnut floors add warmth alongside the wall of appliances trimmed in stainless steel.

Ann Sacks tile in white gold leaf is stunning behind the floating shelves.

The butler’s pantry or “jewel box” is one of the most eye-catching areas of the kitchen. De Giulio selected a Venetian-plastered ceiling and a pair of gilded Apollo Flush Mounts by Suzanne Kasler. Isn’t this an amazing look?

The full view of the ceiling is breathtaking!


The dining area blends textures and finishes for an eclectic sense. And, the aged iron chandelier over the table is a dramatic statement piece that sets the tone for the entire room.

The sitting area fully encompasses the “simple and classic” theme De Giulio created throughout the kitchen. And, he cleverly offset the TV instead of centering it. That was a brilliant choice. Don’t you agree?

The outdoor living space is complete with a brick oven and a large island for prepping meals and gathering with friends and family. A Marine Wall Light adorns the brick oven and French Conductor Lanterns flank the large windows.

There is still time to visit! The kitchen will be open to the public until tomorrow.

So, what is your favorite area of the kitchen? Is there a particular lighting piece you would like to have in your kitchen? Visit