How to make elevated design choices: The delight is in the details

(BPT) – Whether you’re a DIYer wanting to transform your home or a professional designer, each decision you make about the quality of finishes impacts the overall look of a room. From thoughtfully selected color palettes to carefully curated textures, each finish decision you make can bring a room from ordinary to extraordinary — so it’s worth the effort to be intentional about these design choices.

The good news is, there are modern design collections available today that are specially created to work together for maximum visual impact, making it easier to find options that make sense both separately and together to turn the rooms of your home into elegant, sophisticated spaces.

Mid-century modern meets Scandinavian design

Certain design aesthetics go very well together, and that’s certainly the case with mid-century modern and Scandinavian design. You may have heard that less is more, and that’s certainly the case with these design aesthetics, which both favor clean, simple lines, preferring curves over straight edges, along with a tendency toward visual minimalism. One difference between the two? While Scandinavian design usually incorporates more natural materials like wood, mid-century modern embraces the use of metals and glass.

Combining these complementary aesthetics together and bringing them into the contemporary era, Kohler Lighting’s Tone Collection draws inspiration from designers such as Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen — who used natural elegance and sculped simplicity — together with bold visual statements and use of glass and metals for a fresh take on mid-century modern style. Within the collection, you can find a variety of stylish and refined lighting options including chandeliers, pendants and ceiling mount designs to illuminate and enhance any room in your home.

Blending minimalism, warmth and thoughtful functionality, these lighting fixtures are versatile enough to improve the visual appeal of any space in your home. Even better, these contemporary pieces were created to complement the Kohler Tone faucet collection for a cohesive overall home design.

The beauty of mixed metals

To add depth to a space as well as more visual interest and sophistication, today’s designers draw on techniques such as combining mixed-metal finishes to provide pleasing contrasts and a sense of varied textures.

For example, the Tone One-Light Sconce is a beautiful example of the collection’s interplay of materials and finish: Their softly curved backplate supports a sleek T-arm topped by a flared finial and suspends a stylized tulip clear glass shade, its exaggerated size contrasted by an overall minimalist design. This sconce is available in Polished Chrome, Brushed Nickel, Brushed Moderne Brass, Matte Black, Matte Black and Polished Chrome, or Matte Black and Brushed Moderne Brass.

You can also choose the versatile, solution-driven design of a Tone Two-Light Sconce, with unique creativity that adds to its overall elegance and charm. A single rounded backplate raises slightly from the wall, extending a sleek T-style metal arm support upon which two individual metal and stylized tulip glass shades are suspended, each topped with a flared finial, completing the design. This sconce is available in Polished Chrome, Brushed Nickel, Brushed Moderne Brass, Matte Black, Matte Black and Polished Chrome, or Matte Black and Brushed Moderne Brass.

Another benefit of choosing from this collection is that each light fixture is quality tested to ensure that it will remain beautiful for years to come. The fixtures also offer easy installation, with color-matched finishes and diffusers for soft, ambient light that will suit almost any lifestyle and room design.

Before you begin your next home design project, explore the exciting new possibilities for lighting at


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