If you want to update your home's aesthetic without involving a contractor, switch up the lighting. Here, three of-the-moment designs to try. Monica Khemsurov
New LED technology means a sliver of a lamp can illuminate your whole work space. Look for brightly colored versions in organic shapes instead of minimalist metal styles.
Leaf lamp by Yves Béhar for Herman Miller, $499, dwr.com
As the baroque trend fades, upstart artisans are making raw, utilitarian lighting that looks like it was lifted from construction sites, factories, and film sets.
Limited edition Fold Lamp in Cor-Ten steel by Alexander Taylor for Established & Sons, price upon request, establishedandsons.com
Instead of trying to hide the wiring that pendant lamps require, designers are making the kinks, loops, and colored cords the lights' defining features.
Serpentine lamp by Studio Hausen for Ligne Roset, $355, ligne-roset-usa.com
Photographs courtesy of Herman Miller, Established and Sons, and Ligne Roset