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Iconic Lighting Never Goes Out of Style
Decorating trends come and go, but to be honest, mid-century modern decor, specifically lighting inspired by this iconic era, is here to stay—forever. That is why we are still seeing styles from the period, which arguably began in 1947, that are still going strong, even after 70 years or so. If you are looking to give your current layout some timeless appeal, these beautiful spaces will inspire you to brighten things up with mid-century modern lighting.Continue to 2 of 18 below.
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A Classic Sputnik Chandelier
Besides the iconic kidney-shaped coffee table, no other object sums up mid-century modern style like the Sputnik chandelier. There are many different versions of the classic fixture. But all were inspired by and named after the first space satellite to circle the globe in the fall of 1957. It was roughly the size of a beach ball, and it had several antennas sticking out from the middle. This take on the Sputnik chandelier in a dining room by Kelly Martin Interiors, features crystal accents, globe bulbs, and a chic brass finish. Its gold tone not only pops against the moody blue wallpaper, but it also harmonizes with the wood and leather furniture.Continue to 3 of 18 below.
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Retro Industrial Lighting in Vibrant ColorsContinue to 4 of 18 below.
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Sculptural Mid-Century Modern Lighting
This small living room by the Homepolish design team is tricked out with treasured vintage finds. The lights are our favorites. The mid-century table lamp on the left has a lovely pottery base featuring a quirky grid pattern. On the right is a multi-light floor lamp with a gold finish. Both have a sculptural element that adds to the room's one-of-kind appearance.Continue to 5 of 18 below.
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Modernist Chandelier Hanging PendantsContinue to 6 of 18 below.
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Mid-Century Modern Hourglass Light Fixture
Another widely recognized mid-century modern shape for lighting is the hourglass. Punctuating this chic dining room by interior designer Leslie Cotter, is a retro hourglass chandelier with a white powder-coated finish. Along with the wallpaper, it adds a quirky touch to this transitional dining space.Continue to 7 of 18 below.
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A Modern Take on Classic Mid-Century Modern Lighting
The Sputnik chandelier, a modernist classic that we mentioned earlier, inspired this brass, articulated light fixture with tubular Edison bulbs. The piece beautifully complements the vintage furnishings in this retro-flavored living room by Interior design firm Scheer and Company.Continue to 8 of 18 below.
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Gold-Dipped Globe Pendant LightingContinue to 9 of 18 below.
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Schoolhouse-Inspired Mid-Century Flush MountContinue to 10 of 18 below.
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Midcentury Modern Crystal Chandelier
Here a sleek, crystal midcentury modern chandelier sets the glamorous tone for this Hollywood inspired dining room by Nolen Homes. The fixture's gold tone base unites it with other metallic features in the place, including the Sputnik-inspired mirror and brass picture frames.Continue to 11 of 18 below.
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Grown Up Lighting for a NurseryContinue to 12 of 18 below.
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Overarching Floor LampContinue to 13 of 18 below.
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Lighten Up Brown Mid-Century Modern FurnitureContinue to 14 of 18 below.
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Mid-Century Modern Desk LampContinue to 15 of 18 below.
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Fresh Take on a Sputnik Chandelier
We love ideas that put a new spin on classic things such as this fresh twist on the Sputnik chandelier. Beth from the interior design firm, Lucky and Company, chose the striking sconce for her newly remodeled master bath. The accent creates a visually exciting balance between the two mirrors. We love spaces that mix metals. Note how the vanity has vibrant nickel plated handles, and the mirrors and sconce have a luxurious brushed brass finish.Continue to 17 of 18 below.
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Matchy-Matchy Décor Adds Symmetry and Balance
Matchy-matchy decorating can be a tough look to nail down, unless you are talking about mid-century classics like this ceramic table lamp set. They bring symmetry and balance to this chic, office vignette by interior designer Angela Belt.Continue to 18 of 18 below.
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Space Age-Inspired Lighting
These blue pendants lights are another example of modernist, space-age inspired decor. In this kitchen by a Homepolish designer, the fixtures punch up the white room with pops of blue.