Randall Whitehead

Randall Whitehead, our resident Lighting Doctor, is a lighting designer, author and contributor to Furniture, Lighting & Decor. He writes monthly blogs for the publication's website, and he also produces a video series on lighting design.

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Photo: Randall Whitehead
Photo: Randall Whitehead

Using Outdoor Lighting to Enhance Garden Designs

As we continue to sit stewing in our homes for the safety of ourselves and others, we look for activities that will give some meaning to this very strange time. I’ve divided people into groups. There…
Photo by Randall Whitehead
Photo by Randall Whitehead

Integrated Lighting Highlights Details in Art House

While we were all bingeing on Netflix there was one couple who were turning their home into an environmental art project. From the outside it is unassuming Victorian cottage. Once you open the front…
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Updating bulbs can produce a more desirable effect than maybe was possible when you first designed the space.

Lighting Design Changes to Make While Sheltering In Place

Here we are, stuck in our homes. Staring at the same walls, the same art and the same furniture. I think many of us used the first two or three weeks to really give our homes an organizational…
Photo by Randall Whitehead
Photo by Randall Whitehead

What's Old is New Again in Amsterdam's Lighting Design

On a visit to Amsterdam in February, I was impressed by what they were doing with the lighting all over the city. It was mind blowing to walk through buildings that were built 100 years or more…
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Lamps like this one from Wildwood can help pull a room design together with a pop of color and pattern. Wildwood sells a wide variety of lamp styles across price points, with something to offer for traditional, modern or transitional spaces alike.

Bringing Style to Light: Designers Elevate Room Designs With Lamps

For Randall Whitehead, portable lighting fixtures are a go-to when it comes to filling out a lighting design that might be lacking something. Easy to acquire and install without the help of an…
Interior Design: Wright-Simpkins. Photo: Christian Wright
Interior Design: Wright-Simpkins. Photo: Christian Wright

Decorative Lighting Fixtures Enhance Traditional Design

For a while there, it seemed like traditional design had taken a backseat to stark, clean modern design. It’s fun to see a resurgence of traditional interiors, interpreted in a new way. I had the…
Sensorio Paso Robles
From the highest vantage point you can look down and see most of the installation. Numerous pathways allow you to meander through these alluring the fields of light. Photo by Randall Whitehead

A Trip to the Sensorio Fiber Optic Lighting Installation

I took a trip to Paso Robles, CA to see an amazing lighting installation called Sensorio. It was a mesmerizing experience. This vast art piece was created by Bruce Munro. He took five acres of…
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An upscale establishment on Duval Street in Key West.

Color is Key in Commercial Lighting Design

Everywhere I go now I see color being used and misused in commercial environments. In some instances the mistake is obvious and a small fix would greatly improve the situation. In other situations it…
Farallon Restaurant in San Francisco
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Fishing for Compliments

I recently went back to revisit Farallon Restaurant in San Francisco. It opened to great acclaim in 1997. It was conceived as an undersea fantasy world, created by Pat Kuleto in collaboration with…
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Interior Design: Turner Martin; Photo: Randall Whitehead

Optimizing Lighting for Apartment Life

Many people live in apartments and don’t have the ability to add permanently installed lighting. This doesn’t mean that you can’t have good lighting, it simply means you need to be a little bit more…