Design Details: Lighting

Created with backlit translucent resin panels, this striking light fixture in a Malibu, Calif., home adds decorative flair while staying in step with the décor’s neutral motif. Architect: Griffin Enright Architects, Los Angeles Builder: Hinerfeld-Ward, Los Angeles

Light movement from the fireplace is enhanced by this scattered arrangement of hanging bulbs, creating both visual interest and a flattering glow. Architect: Design Collective, Baltimore Builder: The Bozzuto Group, Greenbelt, Md. Interior designer: RD Jones and Associates, Baltimore

While low lighting maintains the hip mood of this posh penthouse in downtown Boulder, Colo., the design stays functional with a lighted mirror that provides plenty of white light to illuminate a user’s face. Architect: Arch11, Boulder, Colo. Builder: Wyatt Construction, Boulder

This contemporary chandelier adds light and plenty of extra sparkle to the dining area while keeping up with the home’s modern interior. Architect: Mark English Architects, San Francisco Builder: Landmark Builders, Novato, Calif.

Paying homage to the neighborhood’s industrial heritage, interior corridors in this Emeryville, Calif., apartment building are outfitted with ceilings of t-bar and polycarbonate panels. Lights are mounted above the translucent panels, allowing the plumbing and mechanical systems to remain subtly visible. Architect: Kwan Henmi Architects/Planners, San Francisco Builder: Barry Swenson Builders, San Jose, Calif.

Beautiful lighting fixtures don’t always need to be fancy. This custom appointment was made from reclaimed glass found in an old medicine cabinet, a used compact disk, kitchen cabinet pulls, and other odds and ends. But humble materials aside, its simple design offers white light on both sides of the vanity while the design fits in perfectly with the bathroom’s Art Deco décor. Architect: Randall Comfort, St. Louis Builder: ARC works, St. Louis

A refined version of gathering around the campfire, this chandelier’s candles offer flattering soft light, while additional downlighting on the underside of the fixture adds excitement to the table’s spread. Architect: Jon Pankratz Architect, Fredericksburg, Texas Builder: Laughlin Homes and Restoration, Fredericksburg Interior Designer: Slaughterhouse Design, Fredericksburg

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