Chandeliers

What comes to mind when you hear the word chandelier? For many of us, it’s an image of the magnificent grand lighting fixture in Titanic or the exquisite golden chandelier in the 2004 movie Phantom of the Opera.  There is usually a sense of old world elegance when we hear the word, a  similar effect created by this chandelier from Savoy House.  These amazing chandeliers have the unique ability of captivating just about everyone and leave them in a daze of wonderful and lust.  Check out some of our favorite styles.

But the huge variety of styles available today makes shopping for chandeliers a real adventure. There’s something to fit every style and nearly every room of your home! For instance, to decorate a cabin or a rustic setting, consider this wheat inspired chandelier by Kalco. It serves as a great focal point for a room without the glitz of shiny metal and/or crystal.

If you have a more contemporary bent and appreciate a little dazzle, consider this ribbon chandelier by PLC Lighting. It gives a festive, party atmosphere to any room!

What about those who appreciate art deco style?  Check out the white drum shades and espresso finish on this chandelier in The Brady collection by Triarch International. It has a dreamy retro look!

Another possibility is an Asian-inspired piece by Arroyo Craftsman. It’s an American-made chandelier that celebrates the style of far-away locales.

And finally, for those celebrating something closer to home… consider this fun centerpiece as the perfect addition to a child’s sanctuary. The fixture by Kids Korner hints at the adventures and travels that lie ahead for the tiny occupant.

Wall Sconce Tips and Tricks

Overcome any design obstacle using these wall sconce tips & tricks.

The creative use of a wall light or sconce can play up the best features of a room. Sconces can easily provide general, task, or accent lighting in all areas of the home.

Avoid shadows: The combination of a bath strip and wall sconces provide ideal lighting in a bathroom. The placement distributes light along the side of the face, top of the head & under the chin.

Create drama through repetition: This hallway photo from Hubbarton Forge shows how the combination of a ceiling fixture & wall sconces can unite a space. Use a series of wall sconces to accentuate the path & create a sense of drama.

Test out the location with a plug fixture: Currey & Co offers the most sophisticated fixtures & many are wired with a plug. It is the perfect solution if you are renting your home or are not ready to commit to a final location. Rhine gold scrollwork is adorned with simple strings of glimmering beads.

Clear the clutter from your nightstand: Replace bedside lamps with a wall light designed for bedtime reading. This fixture from Access Lighting features a 60 watt sconce that can be switched off independently of an adjustable arm with LED light. The arm can direct light onto the page to allow one person to sleep with the other reads. As a rule of thumb, mount the wall fixture 30 inches above the mattress & ensure that the on-off switch is within reach.

Use eco friendly materials to update your home: The Fascination collection from Varaluz features Hand forged frame supports circles of varying sizes that are filled with a variety of shaped Rosettas. It is made with with 70% or greater recycled steel and recycled glass.

Add a bit of sparkle & character: Who doesn’t need a little more bling in their life? The Bling Bling collection from George Kovacs features crystal accents.

Use combination of fixtures from the same collection to unite a space. The Tacoma™ Lighting Collection complements a variety of interior styles. The trestle pendant works well with an elongated dining table.

Shelly One-Light Bath Fixture Use classic forms with rich wall colors. Update a space with deep, rich wall colors. A ceiling fixture in a small bathroom may be sufficient with light colored walls. Wall sconces will “pop” against dark walls & add light back into the space. The Shelly bath collection from Hinkley Lighting is shown in chrome & is also available in brushed nickel. The Hinkley Lighting website features lifestyle images that were taken in private homes that they used as sets to feature their products.

Feeling Blue? Try Light Therapy

Winter is officially here.  That means Seasonal Affective Disorder has already begun to surface for some.  Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a mood disorder that usually emerges in the fall and continues into the winter months.  If you feel hopeless and/or anxious and feel a loss of energy you may suffer from fall and winter SAD.  The cause of these symptoms is unknown, but genetics and age may be a factor.  According to the Wall Street Journal, SAD affects an estimated 6 million Americans.

Like other forms of depression, SAD symptoms can be treated using a few different methods. Light therapy is one.

Light therapy for seasonal affective disorder consists of a lamp that is specifically design to simulate bright outdoor light.  Sitting a few feet away from this light source for 15 to 20 minutes a day is said to change the chemicals in your brain to help treat some SAD symptoms.  Be sure to check with your doctor prior to any treatment of SAD.

Bellacor offers a few different seasonal affective disorder lights for light therapy.

The Rise and Shine SAD Deluxe Natural Alarm Clock Bedside Lamp includes eight authentic nature sounds that are synchronized with the light to simulate nature’s dawn and dusk cycles.  This dawn and dusk simulation is one of the newest forms of light therapy.  This great lamp also features and alarm clock, AM/FM radio, and a pillow speaker.

Bellacor also offers this HappyLite SAD Mini Ultra Sunshine Supplement Light System.  This portable therapy device is great for your home or office.  It includes a 10,000 hour bulb and is great for saving space while helping with your SAD treatment needs.

If you prefer a light that can be mounted on the wall try the HappyLight Deluxe Sunshine Supplement Light System.  It delivers 10,000 lux of energizing light and includes the bulbs!  It can be mounted on the wall, and also includes a built in stand and carrying handle.  Perfect for carrying to the office on those cloudy days you feel blue.

Looking for quality home lighting? Start here.

There are so many lighting brands; a search for quality home lighting can be a bit overwhelming. The brands & styles featured below can serve as a starting point. These brands have a long reputation for quality & offer a wide range of styles to complement any décor.  The logos below will link you to the brand website for more product information, lighting FAQs, style guides, design tips that are sure the help you find the perfect lighting solutions for your space.

Designers Fountain has a huge range of products that include indoor & outdoor fixtures in traditional or contemporary styling.

The Midtown Chrome Five-Light Chandelier has traditional design elements blended with a sleek contemporary style. This chandelier is the perfect solution for a room that needs a bit of shine & sophistication. The Mission Ridge Collection is a great option if you are looking for several coordinating fixtures. The collection includes flush a mount fixture, semi-flush, pendant, wall sconce & several chandelier options.

George Kovacs is part of the Minka Group & has been known for high quality, contemporary lighting for more than 50 years.  The people at George Kovacs design wonderful light fixtures & throw in a little bit of humor.  Their product names include Bling Bling pendant,  Wah-Hoo swing arm lamp & my personal favorite, the Save Your Marriage Wall Sconce.  Another example of George Kovacs tongue-in-cheek humor is the “Boring collection.” The collection also includes a floor lamp & desk lamp. The quality & craftsmanship set it apart from a fixture you would find at a big box store. As the architect Ludwig Mies van de Rohe said, “God is in the details.”  In contrast to the simplicity of the Boring Collection, the tower collection will not go unnoticed. The collection includes wall sconces, pendants & floor lamps that will make a dramatic statement. The Pierce collection features acid etched glass shades that will add warmth to any contemporary décor.

Since 1922, Hinkley Lighting has been driven by a passion to blend design and function in creating quality products that enhance your life.  Hinkley offers a variety of options that allow you to design an outdoor lighting plan with the environment in mind, including Energy Saving, Dark Sky, and Energy Star qualified fixtures.  The Hinkley Lighting website is definitely worth a visit. Their photo gallery has wonderful lifestyle images that will inspire! The brushed nickel finish & ribbed glass has classic styling with a touch of industrial flair. The Harbor collection comes in Anchor Bronze finish or titanium finish. The collection has a touch of a pagoda feel, mixed with Arts & Crafts lines that work beautifully with a variety of architectural styles.

The Kenroy brand has been synonymous with refined design, quality and value, for over fifty years. The Propel collection has an adjustable height feature. Use it behind or to the side of a sofa or chair & adjust it to the perfect height for reading. The Sweep collection includes a floor, wall or table lamp. This streamlined swing-arm makes it an ideal reading and task light.

Kichler is commonly known as the leader in the lighting fixture industry.  Products include chandeliers, wall sconces, kitchen and bath lighting, decorative ceiling fans and outdoor lanterns, as well as under cabinet lighting, landscape lighting, and floor and table lamps and accessories. Kichler offers hundreds of style families that can coordinate looks within a room and throughout the house. With so many styles, finishes and sizes, you can create any atmosphere you can imagine. The Kichler website has a fantastic style guide. It classifies each fixture into one of eleven different styles: Art Deco, Arts & Crafts / Mission / Prairie , Casual / Lifestyle (Soft Contemporary) , Contemporary / Modern, Ethnic/ Folk / Primitive , Lodge / Country , Mediterranean / Spanish, Tiffany, Traditional, Transitional  & Utility. It is a great way to focus your search and fine the perfect piece to match your décor & lifestyle. The Montara Collection from Kichler blends olde world styling with a hint of modernism. The collection includes a trestle pendant,  mini pendant, sconce & chandelier.  The trestle pendant is the perfect solution if you want soft, even lighting over an elongated dining table or kitchen island.   The Olympia Collection is a classic form with a modern twist. The chandeliers, pendants and wall sconces have an Olde Bronze finish with a clean contemporary form.

Maxim Lighting ranges from traditional to transitional to contemporary. Maxim Lighting offers choices for every taste, style and décor. The minimalist style of the metal frame is softened by the warm glow of the stone candle shades. The Elegante collection from Maxim has winding vines & little sparking crystals. It is delicate & yet bold at the same time.

The Minka Group® is a definite leader in the decorative lighting industry.  Minka Group brands include: Minka-Lavery, Metropolitan, Ambience, Minka-Aire, The Great Outdoors and George Kovacs. The Nanti collection offers the style of a drum pendant with an added twist of a scrollwork design in an Iron Oxide finish. The Kirkham collection form Minka Lavery features a hammered aspen bronze finish. Minka Lavery offers many Dark Sky lighting options that minimize the amount of light that shines up into the night sky or into neighbors’ houses. Minka-Lavery has an extensive assortment of Energy Star fixtures for indoors & outdoors.

The Murray Feiss family of products includes interior and exterior fixtures in a broad selection of styles, finishes and sizes available to suit any décor. They are known for their superior quality, design & craftsmanship. They have so many collections it is hard to narrow it down to feature just a couple. The Tuscan Villa Collection features casual yet elegant pieces evoking the look of undulating, overlapping vines. The collection includes coordinating flush mount fixtures, wall sconces, pendants, chandeliers & bath fixtures. The Huguenot collection from Murray Feiss is a great way to bring classic & timeless style to your bathroom. The Casual Luxury collection feature a dark bronze finish and organza shades. The collection includes pendants, chandeliers, wall sconces & bath fixtures.

Sea Gull Lighting is committed to providing quality, innovative, energy efficient lighting solutions for your lighting needs. Be sure to check out Sea Gull Lighting’s extensive range of Energy Star fixtures. The Sebring collection from Sea Gull Lighting is nautically inspired & has a bit of a retro, industrial feel. Finishes include stainless, black or copper. The Pemberton collection from Sea Gull Lighting applies the same graceful curves to all forms of lighting fixtures. It is a great choice if you want coordinated lighting in several rooms of your home.

Quoizel offers beautiful lighting solutions with a diverse selection of timeless designs crafted from the finest materials. Quoizel craftsmanship spans a wide array of styles; from tiffany to art glass to transitional designs.  They incorporate traditional materials in fresh ways to create a unique impression for your environment. The Kyson Tiffany Table Lamp features a handcrafted shade made of genuine art glass. The color palette includes soft cream, brown and butterscotch, with crimson jewel accents around the skirt of the shade. The sweeping loops of the metal arms coupled with soft white glass creates a soft contemporary look.

DIY Lamp Revamp

Well chosen accent pieces can make or break the flow of an otherwise well thought out room. Poorly chosen pieces, or errr… ugly pieces, are sore on the eyes and greatly distract from the room’s other aesthetic qualities. Assuming there are any. And if there are none, that’s ok too- we’re here to help with that.

Oftentimes we can find ourselves in a decorating rut. We recognize our homes are in need of extreme makeovers, but unlike high profile television networks, our bank accounts are not exactly endless. The good news is that a little creativity in the area of home decorating can go a long way, and if we’re lucky we won’t have to spend a thing. In the event that we’re unlucky, we’ll spend a few dollars (which we could probably find at the bottom of our couch anyway).

This post focuses on how you can vamp up your home lighting style with a little paint, a little time, and a lot of fun.  First things first, rummage through your home and find an ugly lamp. You’ll want to find a piece that- overall has good structure (even if it’s boring or plain) and is in working condition.

You’ll need a few materials for this project, but don’t worry- most of these things you’ll already have.

Materials:

  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Cleaning Rag
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Craft Spray Paint
  • New lamp shade (found in the home furnishings section of most stores) if you’re less than happy with the current shade.

Choose an optimal spray paint based on the current finish of your lamp. Spray paint cans list the ideal finishes on the front or side of the can.

Now, painting 101, clean the surface of your lamp by wiping it down with a cleaning rag and some rubbing alcohol. Be sure to remove any hardware (screws, switches, etc.) so that it does not get painted. Also, to protect the cord from paint, use the painter’s tape as you would when painting the trim on your walls at home.

We’re ready to paint! Or at least we should be- so long as we’re either outside or in a well ventilated space with newspaper lining the floor. Now the fun part.

Holding the can 8-10 inches away from the lamp, evenly distributing color throughout the lamp’s surface. You will have to do this using multiple coats. It’s important to refrain from saturating one area; otherwise you’ll have drips that remain on the finished product. Wipe drips immediately away using a damp rag. A few coats of paint is generally enough to get the job done. Less coats result in an uneven distribution of color (which can be a cool look if that’s what you’re going for).

Let the lamp dry overnight, otherwise you’ll end up smudging the color.

Does the finish appear dull? No worries! You can find faux-finish spray paint at most hardware or craft stores for just a few dollars.

DIY projects offer you the chance to be creative so mix and match your colors. Pick bold colors of paint and pair it with a neutral lamp shade. Or choose a subdued paint to pair with a bold lamp shade. For ideas on styles visit our online inventory of lamps.

Do you have ideas on how to get out of a home decorating rut? Send them to marketing@bellacor.com for a chance to be featured as a guest blogger.

Brand Spotlight – Minka Lavery

Minka Lavery is the first of many brands that Bellacor Blog will be featuring over the next few months in a new category we call, Brand Spotlight.  These brands will showcase a variety of home décor items with a strong focus in the lighting category—the perfect resource for ideas on decorating and lighting your home.

Minka Lavery, a brand within Minka Group, features collections of decorative lights for your home. Each collection has a distinctive design and features a variety of different types of lighting including, chandeliers, pendants, wall sconces and more—a light for every room in your house.  Minka Lavery does a good job of making sure their style coordinates with anyone’s décor, whether it be traditional, contemporary, mission style or otherwise.  The transitional lighting of Minka Lavery offers an updated, yet traditional look—a perfect match for any home décor.

Below are examples of just some of Minka Lavery’s top selling collections:

The Calavera collection is a popular collection featuring mission style lighting with its primary focus on chandeliers, pendant lighting and wall sconces.

The Tofino collection is a transitional lighting collection featuring a unique swirled design on a variety different types of lighting fixtures.  A great accent for any room.

The Jessica McClintock Home collection by Minka Lavery is an exclusive collection of home lighting products inspired by the fashion icon herself.   These chandeliers, sconces and pendants are creatively designed and capture the romance of Jessica McClintock’s personal collection.

Top Reviewed Products

Customer product reviews are an essential part of the shopping feedback process. At Bellacor, we encourage our customers who have purchased items to provide a rating on the item’s appearance, quality and value and share their comments. Product reviews can be found on the bottom of the product pages or click Read Product Review. Here are a couple of comments from customers on our top reviewed products.

Burnished Bronze Plug-In Wall Sconce (Bellacor Number: 50678)

5 out of 5 – Reviewed by Jessica, Montgomery, IL – 10/05/08
*Fantastic and elegant, definitely jazzes up the room!

5 out of 5 – Reviewed by Billy, Benson, AZ – 02/29/08
*Just received my light and it is really top quality, love it!

5 out of 5 – Reviewed by KT, Baltimore, MD – 12/07/07
*Unique lamp, very expensive looking. An excellent, space-saving solution that works well behind my sectional sofa.

5 out of 5 – Reviewed by Nancy, Centennial, CO – 04/01/07
*This is the most unique wall lamp I have ever seen, and I love it. Gives great options for lighting with the swinging arms and option of one light or two lights. I’m glad I found this website. Great.

Half Moon Hall Table (Bellacor Number: 104670)

5 out of 5 – Reviewed by Anonymous, Madison , AL – 09/22/07
*The quality & price both excellent. Extremely satisfied with item and Bellacor.

5 out of 5 – Reviewed by Anonymous, Tampa, FL – 03/22/07
*Great table, arrived quickly, wonderful customer service. Would definitely order here again.

5 out of 5 – Reviewed by Lisa, Plainfield, IL – 02/28/07
*Absolutely beautiful! We were hesitant about buying without seeing in person but, this was delivered quickly and just beautiful! We would definitely order from Bellacor again!

Kimono Five-Light Chandelier- Antique Bronze (Bellacor Number: 39500)

5 out of 5 – Reviewed by Jackie, Philadelphia, PA – 10/30/09
*beautiful light in my dining room

5 out of 5 – Reviewed by Margie, Alexandria, KY – 12/21/07
*A perfect balance of classic color and texture with a contemporary twist. The pattern on the shades is not very noticeable until the lights are on and then it pops! Just beautiful.

4 out of 5 – Reviewed by Barbara, LOS ANGELES, CA – 07/30/07
*very clean simple lines and shape

Fleur De Lis Fireplace Screen (Bellacor Number: 397037)

5 out of 5 – Reviewed by Susan, Mandeville, LA – 08/24/09
*I adore your website and wish I could buy a million items!

5 out of 5 – Reviewed by Jeanette, Fargo, ND – 01/08/09
*I love the swirling design on this screen. It really adds a nice touch to the fireplace and my living room. I’m very pleased with it!

5 out of 5 – Reviewed by John, Lincoln, NE – 01/08/09
*The fireplace screen is a really good size. Were really happy with it! It’s definitely a nice finishing touch to our fireplace.

P4009-09: Brushed Nickel Five-Light Chandelier (Bellacor Number: 286333)

5 out of 5 – Reviewed by Ruth, Bronx, NY – 12/28/08
*Bought this for my condo in Myrtle Beach. Very rich looking, love the simple design. Looks exactly like picture, sets off my dining area beautifully.

Next time you buy a product from Bellacor write a Product Review, we would love to hear from you.

Contemporary Style

What’s my Style?  Is it Contemporary?

One of the advantages of shopping on Bellacor.com is the ability to shop by style.  By going to http://www.bellacor.com/shopByPage.htm you can pick the style that appeals to you and start shopping there.  In this post I’ll talk about the Contemporary styled items on Bellacor and how contemporary lighting or modern furniture might translate into your own personal style.

Contemporary and modern are two terms that can get academics and grammarians awfully riled up (see this recent story from NPR’s All Things Considered).  However, for the purpose of this blog post I’m going to put that debate to the side and use the word Contemporary to refer to these items on Bellacor.com, but on most items you could substitute the word Modern.

So, what is contemporary design?  Most people think of clean lines, shiny metal finishes, and simple or no patterns when you mention contemporary lighting or modern furniture.  And it is true, contemporary design does utilize those design elements.

But it is also so much more.  Your home doesn’t have to feel cold and have a lot of sharp edges to utilize contemporary design.  All of the following items would fall into the contemporary/modern aesthetic, but still bring a bit of unexpected life or a punch of color to your home.

Lamps 101

Lamps are commonly referred to as the “portables” in the lighting industry meaning they can be “carried or moved with ease”. Also, they can be plugged into electrical outlets and do not require an electrician for installation. This makes them a very easy way to decorate and light your home.

There are 4 primary categories of lamps: table lamps, floor lamps, desk lamps and outdoor lamps.

There are hundreds of different table lamps offered on Bellacor’s website in many different styles, colors, sizes, shapes and materials. Table lamps can be used to read by, work on tasks, or to create ambiance in your room. They are usually placed on an end table but there exceptions to that when it comes to accent lamps and buffet lamps which are “special” table lamps. Accent lamps are usually smaller than your standard table lamps, usually not higher than 24 inches, and are used to decorate or light a specific place in your home wherein you wouldn’t necessarily be using the light to work or read by. An excellent example of an accent lamp are the tiffany glass accent lamps that Quoizel have been creating for many years.

Buffet lamps, on the other hand, are usually slender and taller in height, generally 32”- 40” high, and are used on console tables to highlight decorative objects or buffet spreads.

Floor lamps are usually taller than 48 inches and are designed to stand on the floor. They are oftentimes used for reading and task work but don’t necessarily have to be as in the case of a torchiere wherein the light is directed upward.

Desk lamps are primarily used on desktops but can be placed anywhere you might have a work area. Desk Lamps usually have a downward task light to expose light on to your work area and oftentimes have a swing arm in order to direct the light as you choose.

Lastly, we have outdoor lamps, this category has been rapidly growing as outdoor spaces become more important to our homes. Outdoor lamps are available in table, accent and floor lamps and are generally made of weatherproof resin and fabrics in order to withstand the elements. Kichler has a wide variety of quality outdoor lamps.

The great thing about all lamps is that they are a relatively easy way to change up a room or create a new environment without hiring a handyman. You can easily switch lamps in any setting for a brand new look, or purchase an accent lamp for the kitchen counter, or put a new pair of table lamps on either side of your bed. As we say in the industry, they are “portable”!

Bellacor Helps Light Your Way

Bellacor.com is an easy to use website that has a great selection of lighting products for your home.  When looking for that colorful mini pendant for your kitchen or that particular ceiling fan to ventilate your family room Bellacor.com is your source.   The search tools help refine your search so when you’re looking for that crystal chandelier for your dining room  they will help you find just what you are looking for.  This is also true when shopping for decorative outdoor lighting to accentuate the outside of your home.  Imagine the convenience of shopping for kitchen lighting from the comforts of your home, searching for pendant lighting, recessed ceiling lights, or even for your undercabinet lighting,  has never been easier than with Bellacor.   With Bellacor’s search tools you will be able to browse product by specific style and finish and at the same time identify energy efficient products.   It can sometimes be difficult going from show room to show room trying to find that unique chandelier for your formal dining area, the one that defines your style.   Simply go to www.bellacor.com and find over 10,000 different chandeliers, here you will be able to find your dream piece without even leaving your home.   Once you find your ideal chandelier you will then be able to identify the matching wall sconces and foyer lighting just by clicking the collection link.  This is how easy it is with Bellacor to carry your new style throughout your home.  This is also true when you’re looking for bathroom lighting.  Bellacor’s large selection of lighting will help you create your dream bathroom retreat or help you find that perfect wall sconce that will become the focal point for your powder room.  Whatever type of lights you are searching for; wall sconces, pendant lighting, chandeliers ceiling fans, or outdoor lighting Bellacor.com is your source to shop all from the comforts of your home.