Lighting ideas inspired by Street of Dreams: where to buy trendy chandeliers, floor lamps for less

If you’re completely renovating or just updating a fixture in your home, the 2021 NW Natural Street of Dreams Tour of new homes in two Happy Valley developments through August 22 has rooms full of ideas.

With a $20 ticket, visitors to Street of Dreams will see projects from the area’s top builders and interior designers at the Heritage Crest gated community of custom homes, at 12500 SE Mount Scott Blvd., and Pleasant Valley Villages, a planned community with new production homes by Holt Homes at 11878 SE Bridal Veil Falls Place.

In all homes, designers use chandeliers and sconces, table and floor lamps, and recessed lights to illuminate spaces and create moods.

A sculptural pendant light created and handcrafted by Wood Lighting Design in Bend was selected by Tiffany Thompson of Duett Interiors for the large Scandinavian-inspired farmhouse room at Anlon Custom Homes at Heritage Crest.Mark Graves / The Oregonian

A sculptural pendant light created and handcrafted by Wood Lighting Design in Bend ($348-$1,254) was selected by Tiffany Thompson of Duett Interiors for the large Scandinavian-inspired farmhouse room at Anlon Custom Homes at Heritage crest.

However, designer-style fixtures once reserved for lighting showrooms are now widely available in a range of price points, says Whitney Hicks, interior designer and Holt Homes project manager. She and her team selected finishes and furnishings for the three different model homes staged for Dream Street in Pleasant Valley Villages.

As the Street of Dreams home tour shows, industrial-style light fixtures with visible filament Edison bulbs remain popular, as does a mix of modern, classic, rustic and traditional looks.

Hicks cautions against overdoing a style. “An exposed Edison bulb works best when in a ceiling fixture, but not so well if it’s at eye level or lower, such as in a table lamp behind clear glass where the bright bulb continues to draw your attention. careful,” she said.

In model homes, Hicks features a variety of lighting styles, but adheres to these guidelines:

Light up dark walls and corners: Look around a room at night with the current lighting plan enabled to notice where light is needed. Then decide how best to provide that lighting based on the needs of the space.

Lighting works best in layers to allow flexibility and room coverage. Complement functional overhead lighting with lamps to create a warm, ambient atmosphere. “I love adding bright light sources, like selenite crystal lamps or flameless candles, for a warm feeling in darker areas that don’t need bright light,” says Hicks.

Balance the light for better screen viewing: Much of people’s entertainment is centered around screens. For the best viewing experience, balance the blue light emitted by screens with warm ambient light. Install dimmers so light levels can be adjusted to reduce eye strain.

Houses on display during the NW Natural Street of Dreams show

In the Pacific Peak model, interior designer and Holt Homes project manager Whitney Hicks and her team installed two black pendant lights above the kitchen island adjacent to the dining area.

Consider how a luminaire interacts with nearby luminaires: In the Pacific Peak model home, Hicks and his team installed two black pendant lights above the kitchen island adjacent to the dining area.

“In this case, the island pendants are boldly sized and have a massive feel because they’re black, yet work because they’re anchored by the generously sized island,” with a white countertop above stained black cabinets, she says. “That same scale of lighting would have looked overwhelming in the dining area, so the chandelier is smaller, but still matches the kitchen pendant lights in terms of color and shape.”

mix and match light fixtures: A piece doesn’t have to look like a showroom thumbnail of furniture from a single brand’s collection. Choose lights that express your taste. “Trust your instincts. Light fixtures are one of the most sculptural elements we have in our homes. I like to see lighting selection through the same lens as artwork selection,” says Hicks.

Prizes allow you to experience: Unlike built-in cabinets and large surfaces, fixtures can be changed quickly and inexpensively, giving a room a new look. “Floor lamps are a great way to add height and personality to a space. With designer-inspired fixtures and lamps being more accessible, it’s never been easier to let lighting make a design impact in a space while staying on budget,” says Hicks.

Design Within Reach offers lighting and other furniture that people know by name:

Ylighting offers mid-century modern masterpieces and modern and contemporary lighting fixtures and offers up to 40% off during its summer sale. Highlights include:

Build with Ferguson is offering up to 80% off select lighting products including:

Lumens’ End of Summer Sale has prices reduced by up to 40% on pendant lights, chandeliers, wall sconces and outdoor lighting.

1-800Lighting.com offers clearance pricing plus an additional 15% with code SAVEMORE. On sale, 944 different ceiling lights, 533 wall lights, 152 lamps and 292 outdoor lights.

Other lighting sources include All Modern, Birch Lane, Frontgate, Joss & Main, 2Modern, Walmart and Wayfair

— Janet Eastman | 503-294-4072

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William M. Lee