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20 Modern Corner Lighting Ideas

If you need to shed some light on a dark corner of your home, today’s post is for you. Below we’re sharing an array of corner lighting ideas, from clusters of pendant lamps to sculptural statement pieces. Then again, sometimes a single bulb can make a big difference. Let the photos that follow serve as design inspiration! Where possible, we’ve included info on specific lighting pieces (in case you’re in a shopping mood). Enjoy…

Pendant Lighting

We begin with lighting that you can suspend from the ceiling. This standout piece is perfect for a corner, where it can hang close to the floor. Say hello to the Milk Bottle 12 Lamp, by Tejo Remy for Droog. [photo from Chris A. Dorsey Photography]

Dramatic corner pendant lighting

Don’t hesitate to use mirrors to enhance the effect of one single pendant light, as shown in the next featured space. [from Beverly Bradshaw Interiors]

Mirrors enhance a corner pendant light

Pendant lights are perfect for functional corner areas where lighting is a must, such as eating nooks. The white woven light below is earthy and modern at the same time. [from Lonny]

Woven lighting over a corner eating nook

Group a cluster of pendants to add extra illumination to your corner. A cluster will bring a big dose of style home as well! [from Lonny]

Trio of industrial pendants in the corner

Customizable pendant lighting allows you to arrange the perfect vignette for your interior. The COLLECT Lighting shown below (from ferm LIVING) is available in a variety of shapes and colors so you can create your own lighting solution.

Modern pendant lighting from ferm LIVING

Then again, sometimes one socket is all it takes. A vibrant selection can make a statement as striking as a crystal chandelier! This Color Pendant Lamp from onefortythree is available in a range of colors:

Colorful pendant lamp from onefortythree

You can even go bold with a pendant lamp shade that will cover the walls in a dreamy pattern. There’s something whimsical yet elegant about the lighting in this space caputred by Sean Litchfield Photography[room by Kate Maloney Interior Design]

Pendant lighting creates a pattern in the corner

Fabulous Floor Lamps

From pendants to floor lamps, we now shine the spotlight on corner lighting that is easy to move around should the need arise! An adjustable lamp can be tweaked to add just the right amount of lighting (in just the right direction)! [from Lonny]

Floor lamp corner lighting

If your corner needs a big boost of light, check out this Trio Floor Lamp from CB2. After all, why not go with several bulbs and adjustable shades to get the job done? This stunning lamp by Jannis Ellenberger can add reading light, ambient light or spotlighting to your interior. For added convenience, each light has its own rotary switch.

Trio Floor Lamp from CB2

Channel the look and feel of 1940s studio lighting with CB2’s Signal Floor Lamp. Not only is this powerful light source the perfect addition to a dark corner, the rotating head puts adjustable lighting at your fingertips. Plus, the spotlight trio of bulbs are softened by tempered glass diffusers.

Rotating floor lamp from CB2

Table Lamps

There’s nothing like adding light with a stylish table lamp! Not only is a table lamp wonderfully portable (should you want to relocate it), you can use its presence to add color and interest to your corner. Orange is the perfect choice for this space with deep blue walls and white trim. [from Lonny]

Standout lamp on a corner table

A hinged table lamp allows you to direct the light in your corner, whether that corner is next to a bed, or it holds your desk! Adjust CB2’s Carpenter Brass Table Lamp from side to side or up and down to get the lighting just right:

Brass task lamp from CB2

Even a small bedside table lamp can make a big difference. Especially if it’s colorful and has a matching partner on the other side of the bed! Isn’t symmetry grand?! [from Lonny]

colorful lamps in a modern bedroom

Wall Lighting

Wall sconces save floor space while providing reading light, and they are popular choices for bedside lighting…or a coveted spot next to the couch, as shown in this fabulous photo from Lonny:

Stylish sconce corner lighting

Bonus points if your wall sconce is adjustable! This Mantis Wall Sconce from CB2 channels Midcentury flair. With a shade that can rotate 360 degrees, convenience has never been so stylish.

Swiveling wall sconce from CB2

Make a colorful statement with your wall lighting. In neon! Art meets illumination in this Neon Mfg. Stay Wild Sign from Urban Outfitters. We’re loving the display position over the bar cart:

Neon lighting from Urban Outfitters

Statement Lighting

We end today’s post with a series of statement lights that serve as handy focal points. For a dramatic effect, try combining LED lighting with colored glass in the corner, as shown by this blue lighting statement from Beckwith Interiors:

LED corner lighting with a blue glow

Let’s hear it for the power of sculptural lighting! The orbs below resemble beads on a string, yet they serve a distinct purpose. They illuminating the corner of the room, where curling up with a good book is inevitable. [from Taylor Hannah Architect]

Spherical lighting illuminates a corner

Don’t forget about lighting below the cabinets! Stylish and effective, this option is also striking and bold. [from Causa Design]

Under-cabinet lighting for a bathroom corner

Last but not least, a strand of string lights can create a whimsical touch, especially in the evenings when you need a boost in the corner. Yet you’re wanting that boost to be festive and inviting! Below we see the Firefly String Lights from Urban Outfitters, which feature LED bulbs on a bendable wire.

String lights illuminate a corner ladder

Don’t let that forgotten corner stay dark! When it comes to corner lighting, do you prefer pendants, floor lamps, table lamps, wall lighting, or something more dramatic?…

Kate Simmons

Kate Simmons is a freelance writer and design blogger with a love of all things decor. She spent her childhood writing stories and working on interior design-themed DIY projects. Kate’s published writing reflects her special interest in how design has changed through the decades. Her blog Mirror80 ( http://mirror80.com/) explores the fashion and [...]

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