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  • Tips On Choosing The Right Chandelier For Your Home

    Home Decorating Tips
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    The most common mistake people make when they are purchasing their chandeliers is not choosing the appropriate sized fixtures. I’ve seen fixtures that are either too large and overpower the space, or too small, which not only don’t provide adequate lighting, but also appear misplaced. 

     Before choosing and buying a chandelier you need to find out:

    • The height of the ceiling, since higher ceilings require larger fixtures.
    • The size of the room, since the chandeliers should be proportionate to the rooms. Sometimes if the room is very large, additional light fixtures may be required.
    • If the fixture is for the dining table or above an island, the shape and size of the tables and islands are important factors to keep in mind. The ideal fixture will compliment these and not fight against them.

    A general rule and/or formula to help you to choose the right chandelier for your rooms is this:

    Add the dimensions of the rooms and that would be diameter of the fixture. Therefore, if your room is 14 x 18, then the chandelier’s diameter should be 32 (14+18=32) inches.

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    Tips:

    Entry/Foyer

    • Determine the diameter of your fixture by following the above formula.
    • If you choose or are choosing a multi-tiered chandelier, remember that the bottom of the fixture needs to be AT LEAST 7′ above the floor.
    • For multi-level entries where there is a window, you should center the fixture on the window to create symmetry from the inside and the outside of the window.
    • Again, if your foyer is very large, you might have to use either additional wall scones or up-lighters to achieve the right amount of illumination.
    Dining Room
    • Assuming that your dining table is correctly proportioned to the room and the height of your ceiling is 8′, then the chandelier diameter should be 50% of the width of the table and the bottom should be hung 30″-32″ above the dining table. You can add an additional 3″ to the diameter of the fixture if your ceiling is 9′, and for any dining room with a higher ceiling than 9′, it’s best to use multi-tiered chandelier to fill the space between the ceiling and the dining table.
    • Please note that the chandelier should be hung to the center of the dining table and NOT to the center of the room. First determine where your dining table is going to be placed and then hang the chandelier centered on the table. 
     
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    New Trend:
     
    Smaller scaled chandeliers or mini chandeliers are becoming more and more popular. This allows home owners to use these fixtures for more intimate settings as well. For example, having two hanging mini chandeliers on either side of a bed vs. the traditional bedside lamps provides more glamour, interest, and an element of design for master bedrooms. According to the ALA (American Lighting Association), chandeliers are now becoming more and more popular in bathrooms and kitchens.
     
    TipThink of your chandelier as the central lighting source of your room, then add the needed wall scones, pendant lights, flush mounts, or up-lighters to create a balanced, well lit, and spacious space in your home. 

    Let there be light… and that is a good thing for ALL homes!  

     

     

  • Is an Eclectic Style Home for You?


    ost people are familiar with the Eclectic style since it is one of the most popular. However, there are some misconceptions about this decorating style since the word eclectic means different things to different people. 

    An Eclectic style:

    • Consists of mixed elements, but it is not the same thing as a mix-matched look
    • Is a free and easy going style, but has its own set of rules and it is one of the hardest styles to pull together
    • Is all about a thoughtful AND well-edited collection of treasures and not displaying all of your finds here and there
    • Is a mix of styles from different eras
    An Eclectic style is for you if you:
    • Like an element of surprise
    • Are confident about yourself and your style
    • Are not a brand/label snob
    • Can find common elements in mix-matched pieces
    • Love different elements from different eras equally and can’t decide
    • Like vibrant and high energy spaces
    • Like a casual and groovy feel in your home
    • Like to collect pieces from your travels
    • When you find a piece, you often find yourself saying, “why not?”
    • You hate clutter and are a disciplined editor and purger 
    • Like a funky and hipster style – quirky is a good thing 
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    What makes this living room an elegant eclectic one? The well balanced pieces like the Moroccan screen against the neutral walls, wood floors, sofa pattern, zebra rug, and pop of color like the orange vase. In addition this reupholstered antique chair has a modern feel to it because of the contrast of black and white. The quirky reversible cushion makes this an ideal piece for an eclectic home.                                        photo source: BHG

     

     

    Eclectic style rules:

    • The mixing of the collections should be creative and thoughtful. It is very easy for your pieces to clash and this is one of the reasons why this style can be a difficult one to achieve. But this challenge is what makes it fun although you may have to experiment with it. It all goes back to you being confident and daring. Editing and discipline are a MUST. 
    • Remember, contrast is beautiful, but clash is NOT!
    • Since an eclectic style tends to look busier, a simple background like white walls not only helps create balance in the rooms, but also will showcase your pieces beautifully. 
    • Repeating different elements, such as shapes or colors, is what gives an Eclectic style home a pulled together appearance. Thoughtfully choose the elements that you want to repeat. And experiment.
    • Scale and proportion are important in any well designed home but this is especially true in an eclectic home since so much is going on.
    • With an Eclectic style, you have more freedom to choose different colors. If there is a piece in your room that you love, you can carry that color to one wall and create an accent wall. 
    • Remember that an unexpected piece or an unexpected placement is essential in an Eclectic home. They key is to keep the area around unexpected pieces simple so they can stand out.
    • You can have lots of fun mixing different types of textiles in an eclectic home. Again, just find an element that pulls them together. 
    Experiment and push the boundaries while following some simple rules. And this is when the fun begins!
     
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