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Blue and Red Bedroom With Brass Details

Bedroom With Blue and Red Bedding

This bedroom features blue and red bedding, a navy sconce and brass accents.

Photo by: Jared Kuzia; Design by Kristina Crestin

Jared Kuzia; Design by Kristina Crestin

Designers have spent the past century hiding bulbs beneath shades and elaborate pendants, but now they’re doing everything they can to show them off. “There’s been an uptick in popularity of fixtures that let you see the bulbs,” says John Barnes, a lighting expert at Lamps Plus. The options for exposed bulbs are limitless now, and they’re way too cool to cover up. Take a look.

The Bright Idea

Did you know?

Creating the incandescent bulb wasn’t easy — or cheap. In the late 1870s, Thomas Edison tested thousands of different filament materials and spent about $40,000 (more than $1 million today) to make a bulb that burned for only half a day. But his design proved timeless.

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