The Modernist: Jill White

“Lighting can make or break a room—it is one of the pieces that I always encourage my clients to not cheap out on. With that being said, pieces by Kelly Wearstler—the queen of lighting, in my opinion—are not in most people’s budget, but I at least use them as inspiration. But these? These are have-to-have-it lights—seriously, you may not even need furniture if you have them!”

The Traditionalist: Chandler Bailey

“Statement lighting doesn’t necessarily have to mean ‘chandelier.’ All of these fixtures make a subtle impact—the crystal flowers on the sconce make such a beautiful shadow on the wall.”


Lightbulb Moments

Tips from Chandler and Jill on all these things statement fixtures

Think function over form.

“Remember that lighting has a purpose, which is not just to look pretty,” Jill says. “Don’t forget to think about surroundings. Where is the light going? How many light sources do you have? Is this fixture for decorative purposes only, or a main light source?”

Be in a good head space.

Make sure fixtures are hung with at least 7 feet of clearance to the floor, and with a good 30-32 inches of room between the fixture and the counter, and 33-36 inches between the fixture and a dining table.

Keep it in proportion.

The size of the fixture also depends on the size of the room—smaller rooms need smaller-scale pieces, and large rooms can handle larger pieces.

Easy does it.

Limit the number of bold fixtures in one room, says Chandler: “This way, the statement light will really stand out instead of having to fight for that attention with other statement pieces in the room.”