Styling the Home

Statement Lighting and Finishes for the Listening Room

It’s Week 5 of the One Room Challenge and we are now over half way there!! I skipped giving you an update in week 4 as not much progress happened in the room.

Let’s set a side the fact that we still need to drench the room in a beautiful, silky smooth, dark brown paint and talk about the statement lighting and finishes in the room.

Because who doesn’t love seeing all of the pretty elements from a design start to come to life ?

One Room Challenge

In case you missed it, this room is being completed as part of the One Room Challenge.  Thanks to the organizer of this amazing event year after year for 10 years! Linda, we so appreciate what you have done for this community!

And to add to the fun, Apartment Therapy  is the media sponsor this season.

In case you missed the first 3 posts, feel free to navigate to them from the links below.

Week 1- What is a Listening Room? ||  Week 2- The Design Plan
Week 3- Designing a Listening Room Media Wall

The Design Mood Board

As the weeks have passed I have continued to refine the design mood board. This will give you some visual reference for the items I share.

Statement Lighting

The most dramatic feature in the room will be the built-in media wall. As such, statement sconces flanking the television sets the mood and the tone of the room.

The lights, custom made by Blueprint Lighting arrived this week. They are absolutely incredible. True works of art, just as I had hoped.

Each part of the Jenny sconce can be customized to your design needs. There are over 36 colors to choose from for the large and the small shade and 6 finishes for the metal base and arm. Blueprint Lighting is renowned for their customizable, hand crafted modern lighting.

In the corner of the photo above, a swatch of the wallpaper is tucked behind the sconce. I love how the matte wavy finish of the wallpaper contrasts with the brilliant finish of the Crema shade.

I think it might be hard to visualize the impact these sconce will make in the photo above, but I think this flat lay image I shared on Instagram recently better demonstrates the scale.

It is common for the statement fixture to be placed overhead in a room. But that was not my goal for this design.

This semi-flush, Mid-Century style chandelier has decidedly modern flare, but the smoky glass shades and thinner lines will surely make an impact without stealing the show.

Once it this is installed on the dark ceiling it will add to the ambiance of the room, while not competing with the other lighting and elements in the room.

Around the room

On the wall perpendicular to the Media Built-in Wall, a large gallery of music memorabilia will fill out the far side of the room. I will share more about that in the coming weeks.

To ground that gallery wall, two faux leather benches will also provide overflow seating for guests.

These pillow topped benches, from Wovenbyrd feature an incredibly soft to the touch faux leather and a modern black base. I love the rich caramel color adds to warmth and texture of the room.

On the floor, the wall to wall carpeting will remain, but a large area rug from Loloi will pull down the rich color from the walls and provide a base for the seating area in this long room.

Rugs are the best way to unify all of the colors, accents and furniture in the room and bring them into perfect harmony. This Loloi rug, from the Billie from the Amber Lewis Collection (BIL-06) is richly colored primarily in tobacco and rust.

I am thrilled to partner with my go to resource for hardware, Emtek and highlight a few of their new product offerings.

The Atomic Cabinet knob is quintessentially Mid Century Modern in design. This new finish, Satin Brass, is fashion forward with today’s trending spaces that embrace these bold shapes of the past while still feeling fresh.

The new Ace Door Knob will set the stage beautifully for what is to come when you open the door to enter this space. Like most door hardware from Emtek, it comes in a variety of finishes and configurations to add a custom touch to your space.


A room makeover like this is always enhanced by the generous sponsors of the One Room Challenge event. I am thrilled to be able to partner with them on this project.

Blueprint Lighting NYC || Loloi Rugs || Wovenbyrd || A Street Prints || Emtek

Don’t forget to check out the other participants spaces! I am so inspired to see these rooms come to life week by week.

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