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6 Stunning Mid Century Modern Lights for Your Home

When choosing a living room light fixture, or any room actually, the incredible amount of options can be overwhelming! You know I love a good basket pendant and of course, modern farmhouse lights had their moment, but if you ask me – I’m all about some mid-century styles these days. The minimal lines and bold shapes add instant impact to any room. Here, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite mid century modern lights that would work in so many spaces!

boho living room with mid century modern light

Changing fixtures is a relatively fast, easy, and inexpensive way to update any space. It’s one of the first things I look for when updating a room. In fact, updating lights is one of my 9 Easy Home Updates Under $200.

First, you might be wondering, what do mid century modern light fixtures look like?

This design style is known for its clean lines, organic shapes, and a focus on simplicity. You’ll often see lots of shapes, bold colors, and a mix of metals.

There are a few specific mid century modern light styles:

  • Sputnik Light
  • Orb Pendant
  • Arched Floor Lamp
mid century modern chandeliers
  1. Semi Flush Mount 3 Arm Chandelier (this would be great for a large room)
  2. Simple Sputnik Light (I can see this in a kids room or office)
  3. Black Mid Century Chandelier (this is the one I chose for our living room)
  4. Duck Bill Flush Mount Fixture(ooh, this one would be so pretty in a dining space!)
  5. Pinwheel Sputnik Light (also available in black and would be charming in an office)
  6. Adjustable Altona Chandelier (this one would be pretty in a bedroom or entryway)
black sputnik light

As I tackled my little living room space, I first looked to swap out the lighting because it is always one of the biggest bangs for the buck (that plus paint and rugs). 

I explored a few different options and even considered a drum light but ultimately landed on this stunning Modern Chandelier from Illuminate Vintage. 

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Mid Century Modern Lights

Why? you might ask. Well, let me tell you. The multi arm light elegantly takes up space without overpowering it.  I beautifully connects the wood beams and open space.

Plus, I love some good contrast so my white and wood walls provided a good backdrop for the matte black finish. If you’re needing to add a little more functionality, I’ve gathered up some of my favorite modern ceiling fans with lights for more options.

living room light fixture

Because it’s a small room, I opted for small sputnik light with a 7″ downrod.  A bigger, more expansive room could’ve handled a wider mid century modern light with more arms. This one fits just perfectly, don’t you think?

Looking for light size guidance? Check out this handy guide from Hangout Lighting. And if you’d like some tips on choosing the right light bulbs, check out my post on Warm Light vs Cool Light for the home. Plus, layer light with different fixtures including these 9 Modern Table Lamps.

Check out my post on Mid Mod Living Room design for more decor inspiration.

mid century design package

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Are you drawn to the clean lines and retro vibes of mid century decor but not sure how to include it in your home? My Mid Century Design Package makes it easy to style your home. With curated paint colors, living room design board, and curated home decor picks, simply download and get styling.

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