LED lights installed into the corner of a sitting area in a geometric design.
Lights like these are set into the wall itself, requiring strips or LED tubes to complete the look.

Deciding what makes a light decorative is partially up to what you consider to be aesthetically pleasing. Exploring decorative lighting feels more like playing with light than it does a project, which is what it should be; decorating is a creative process and you’ll want to experiment with decorative light in a few temperatures, shapes, and intensities.

Panel lights are mounted to metal art pieces and hung above a bed. Informational.
These panel lights were mounted to a metal wall decal to create a decorative eclipse effect.

Decorative light is most easily described as the use of bulbs and fixtures to create visually stunning pieces in a space. Sometimes it can be a simple glow around an art piece, or as complicated as installing a strip into a wall, or encasing it beneath resin. To start with an example, let’s visit circles. For a circular, back-lit design you may consider mounting panel lights on a metal art piece.

Links to external page where panel light can be purchased.

These panel down lights are perfect for a large area–whether you go with the circular or square shape–or for using creatively as decoration, as shown. Panel lights also work well for designs where increasing ambient light is the objective; head over to our blog on ambient light to find out more.

Bulb Daddy aims to tighten up the definition by considering the types of lights we sell as decorative (or lights that can be modified into being decorative), the types of designs our clients ask for, and all of the pictures we’ve curated on our Pinterest board “Decorative Lighting”, and sussing out what they have in common.

The qualities to being a decorative light are:

Pill shaped and hollow light fixture fitted with internal LEDs casts dynamic shadows across a room.
LEDs on the inside of this light cast shadows and splashes of light across the room which decorate the space.
  • The fixture is the focus of a dedicated section of space, with minimal functionality as a source of light on its own.
  • Used as a display or centerpiece for an area.
  • Can be odd in design, sometimes the shadows it casts are the decorative aspect rather than the design of the light itself–though both are often present.
Informational, links to a place to purchase the LED strips
Bulb Daddy LED strips are the base to many designs, both decorative and task-oriented.

Many of the pieces you can see on our Pinterest board called “Decorative Light” can be created using our LED strips and an extra set of hands.

Pincode to be scanned.

These strips are also great for under-cabinet lighting, toe-kick lighting, and under-counter lighting–but they can be used on art pieces like the one shown in our pincode:

No matter your preferred decoration, Bulb Daddy has lights, mounts, controllers, and drivers for every design.

What Kind of Decorative Light Do I Need?

When selecting for decorative lighting, consider the paint color of the walls, and then consider the finish. Are they warm and glossy? Cool and matte? Choosing the right color temperature of the decoration is important to not neutralizing design choices made in the room prior. Decorative lighting shouldn’t upstage your room’s design, only add to it.

A Bulb Daddy vintage decorative fixture. Casts warm light.
Ask to see our vintage decorative lights at Bulb Daddy!

For example, if you have a cool colored room with matte finish, a bright white decorative light will pull the design together, whereas a warmer and more satin wall finish might fare better in warmer light (look for lights 2700 Kelvin for this look). 22k to 3k is the industry range for warm decorative lights, so keep your eyes peeled when you’re in the store next for these decorative warm lights for your next project.  

What are some of your light-as-design tricks?

Where do you keep your decorative lights?

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