How to decorate your Chandelier

When we think about a chandelier, some of us think of an ornate fixture that becomes the focal point of a room all on its own. This may be the case with some chandeliers, but definitely not all. The simplicity behind certain designs allows the consumer to truly customize their piece and make it their own. There are many ways to do so and they can be quite inexpensive. Decorating your chandelier may sound taboo to some, however, if you use the word “decorate” loosely, you won’t go overboard. By no means should whip out the finger paint and go to town on your fixture, unless it is something you acquired very inexpensively and it fits the decor of the room, but merely implying that there are tasteful ways to dress it up. Give this a try and see how it will change your room!

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Mini shades can be a great way to accessorize your chandelier. The patterns, textures, colors, etc. are endless and easily available. They are also very inexpensive, and if you’re crafty enough you can make your own.

Crystals allow you to add some “bling” to your chandelier in a tasteful manner. You can simply hang crystal strands from the arms, and body of the fixture to add something special. Crystals come in many different shapes, sizes, and colors and are also reasonably priced. You can also swap out some of the metal parts of the fixture and exchange them for crystal “body” parts. This is a very neat idea because it really can change the entire look and feel of your chandelier.

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Photo Credit: Blog – Inmyownstyle

Ceiling medallions are probably my favorite way to dress up any chandelier; they take the chandelier to another level. You can get a simple solid medallion or ones with beautiful intricate detailing; it really is all up to you. They are an easy way to pull the room together, without having to do much else to your chandelier. Again, these come in all sizes and choosing the perfect fit depends on variable such as the size of the room along with the size of the fixture.

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Dressing up your chandelier is a gradual process. You don’t have to tear open the box and immediately start thinking about various accessories. Once you get a feel for your design style and have a solid design vision, then these are things you can start thinking about. In the words of Gianni Versace, “Designing came to me. I didn’t have to move.”

By Lindsy Jacob with Livex Lighting on behalf of Bellacor

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About Lindsy Jacob

Lindsy joined the Livex Lighting in January of 2013 as a customer service representative. She quickly climbed the ranks and is now the E-Commerce Manager for Livex Lighting. Her savvy sense of style and attention to detail are a great asset to the company.

11 Problems with Lighting

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Photo By: chris.corwin (Flickr)

When it comes to interior design, lighting is an element that often gets overlooked. I have walked into a room many times and felt that something was a little off; the couches look good, the fabric of the curtains hangs nicely against the wall, and the rug is the perfect size, but something is missing. A quick scope of the lights, and there is my answer. Lighting ties a room together. It is the beginning and final touches of a room. When designing a room, problems with lighting can arise. Sometimes you can’t get it to electrically work, and often it simply does not work in a room. Here are 11 problems that are often found in a room.

Lighting in all the Wrong Places

I could have twenty different lights in the same room, but if they aren’t placed correctly, it might end up dark in the place I need the light the most. This is often a struggle when a room is wired electrically wrong.

Unsightly Lighting

If a light is ugly it doesn’t matter how bright it shines or where it hangs; it will be continue to be an eyesore. Read about these awful light-fixtures and why they should never have been hung in these rooms.

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The kitchen is where I cook, and it is so frustrating when the upper cabinets block the light from my working space. Learn about how installing lighting under your cabinets adds function with a touch of style.

No Dimmers

My mood changes throughout the day and a dimmer makes it easy to adjust the feel of a room. I have to have a dimmer in the family room. Being able to lower the lights while watching a movie is important. Adding a dimmer, along with these other lighting tips, will get your house glowing in the right way.

Too Many Recessed Lights

I love using can lights in a room, but when they are the only thing lighting a room it can feel dark. Recessed lights make it difficult for the light to escape and stretch out in the room. Read more about using too many recessed lights along with five other lighting mistakes in a home.

Energy Wasters

The biggest thing I look at when remodeling or designing any room is creating a room that is stunning and functional. Too many people jump on a design they love without thinking about the comfort or cost in the long run. Selecting energy-efficient lights can save energy and money while still giving the desired look.

Electrical Problems

If you are changing light-bulbs constantly or watching the bulb flicker, you are probably experiencing electrical problems. Read about the most common electrical problems and whether your little problem is actually a big one.

Lacking Variety

Don’t get too excited and start hanging all your favorite lights in the same room. Having variety is important, but this applies to the entire house. The kitchen, bathroom, and family room all serve a very different purpose. Lights should play a role in helping that room be functional.

Misuse of Natural Light

Natural light can play a huge part in lighting a room during the day. Embracing it can make a room completely bright without turning on any switches.

No Accent Lighting

I absolutely love accent lights in interior design. Using it around artwork, along stairs, and under cabinets in the kitchen and bathrooms are a few of my favorite places to see the little lights glowing.

Too Many Lights

I have talked about how less is more, and it applies to lighting as well. Having too many different lights can be overwhelming and distracting. Position a couple of lights appropriately can give the same effect and provide an equal amount of brightness as hanging several lights; it also can save money on your electric bill.

by Wendy Weinert

How Low Can Lighting Go?

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Photo by: joe.oconnell (Flickr)

Lighting is the soul of a room. It takes a space and gives it energy. Using different lights and layering them together doesn’t only lighten a room, it gives it depth and style. One classic light is the dimmer. Interior designers love to add dimmers to many rooms, and it’s no surprise why. I personally prefer to have dimmers as I am able to control how bright a room is at any given time. They can create and change the mood of the room with the touch of a button. Dimmers not only add dimension to a room, but many save energy and money too.

  • How to Light Any Room Lighting should be planned out and layered in a way to add contrast and effect to each area of the home. This article covers the room and what type of lighting should be added along with which rooms work best with dimmers.
  • The Formula for Lighting a Room There literally is a formula for how much light needs to be in a room depending on its square footage. This article covers the rooms and types of light that should be in each one.
  • Bedroom Lighting The bedroom should be a relaxing room, but people’s mood are constantly changing. Dimmers are a great way to control the overall feel and light in a bedroom.
  • Lighting the Controlling Factor If there is one great thing about dimmers, it is its ability to control an entire room’s feel with the twist or touch of a button.

There are many different dimmer designs and you can add one to almost any light and room. Using adjustment lights in a formal dining room allows you to easily slide or turn the light lower for a romantic evening meal. Remote switches are an excellent way to dim the lights for watching TV in a family or entertainment room. If you have ever woken up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom, there is nothing like getting blinded by bright lights. Indicator dimmers are easy to turn on and keep the light low and easy on your eyes.

  • Types of Dimmer Switches You can control the lights with a remote or can even automatically dim. Choosing the type of dimmer depends on convenience, style, and your personal preference.
  • Luxurious Modern Lighting Living Room Decorating Ideas Dimmers add a dramatic effect to a room while saving money. Many professional decorators love to incorporate dimmers into a room to change the environment.
  • Designers’ Simplest Makeover Ideas While covering simple design makeover tips, this article also talks about how designers often spend a small amount to add a dimmer to a room to change the entire mood.

There is a little debate about whether dimmers actually do save you money or not. Older ones often use the same amount of energy despite emitting very low light. However, most new dimmers are designed to save energy. These ones prevent excess energy from going through the circuit. This can cut your electric bill down substantially. To preserve energy, dimmers cause the lights to flicker. You can’t see the flicker with your eyes because of how fast it goes on and off. This saves energy which over time saves you money. For the money you can save, adding dimmers to a room is an affordable way to add a soft but dramatic touch to any room.

  • Dimmers Save Energy and Money By adding a dimmer to a room, you save wattage and output energy. This will cut back on your electric bill every month if you keep rooms dimmed.
  • Do Dimmer Switches Save Energy? Newer dimmers save energy as they prevent excess energy from going to the light bulb. This gives you a little incentive to dim down the lights for a romantic night.
  • Saving Energy With Dimmer Switches An excellent article that goes into depth on how dimmers work and the flickering they create to save energy.

by Wendy Weinert

Creating a Clean and Contemporary Office Work Space

Most employers allow a certain amount of workstation “flair” that employees can decorate their offices with. While some may choose to adorn every square inch of their walls with pictures of friends, family, and pets – this constant reminder what you’re missing can become rather distracting. Creating an optimal, yet inspiring workplace requires the right balance of visual pop with as little clutter as possible.

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With slight exception to tech companies and ad agencies you can fully expect the average workstation to be gray, beige, or the international color of boring…taupe. There is no better way to counter the void than with a brightly colored accent piece. The contrast between the clinically inspired desk and wall colors adds a much needed burst of visual stimulation. Be sure not to overextend the accent color – a greater impact will be achieved if this is a pop of color rather than a workplace theme.

Lamps are a great addition to any work space and can be used as your primary accent piece. Even in well-lit offices the addition of a desk lamp can provide a serene area perfect for reading lengthy documents. Combined with a daylight bulb, the glow of lamp can provide a warm and inviting atmosphere in your workplace. The clean and pop-art inspired lines of the “Profile” Table Lamp by Kenroy Home present a whimsical pop of color and visual stimulation consistent with a contemporary workspace layout. Additionally, a large complaint about workplace lighting comes from the use of overhead fluorescent tube lighting. Convincing your employer to remove or dim bulbs over your workstation in favor of a smaller desk lamp can literally save you from a lot of headaches.

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Photo provided by Kenroy Home

In most cases all of your “go-to” items can be confined to a decorative tray – this keeps important papers and supplies in a well organized manner. While all these items can be neatly stacked on your desk, the decorative tray provides an added level of comfort and style to your work space. Smaller inset trays and jars can be applied as well to keep items such as paper clips, push-pins, and writing instruments nicely arranged.

Flowers and other plants can provide a soothing atmosphere to counterbalance an influx of calls or demanding emails. In celebration of the 2014 Pantone color of the year – a well placed orchid can provide an elegant touch to your now streamlined desk. Just like the other accents in this modern design theme – smaller is better.

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Instead of a wall of photos, use your computer’s desktop background to prominently display pictures of loved ones. Most operating systems come pre-stocked with a photo-slide screensaver – this gives you a visual reminder friends and family while you’re at work, without the desk clutter. Remember to keep it simple when creating a modernly inspired workstation you should strive for the perfect balance of form and function, with a minimalist design philosophy.

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Adding Elegance and Charm with a Chandelier

Overall, there is one dominating, ongoing lifestyle motto: “Better and best, not more or most.” This continues to impact lighting design and trends in crystal lighting. Crystal chandeliers are growing in popularity due to the variety of designs available, ability to blend into both traditional and contemporary environments, and their meaningful and emotional value.

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Traditionally, homeowners add grandeur to their home by placing chandeliers in common areas. Homeowners enjoy the ambiance of a chandelier among their guests in entertaining areas such as, living rooms, foyers, and dining rooms. However, with the introduction of new chandelier styles and colors, homeowners feel inspired to place chandeliers in more personal spaces such as bedrooms, closets, bathrooms, or kitchens.

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Chandeliers add a sense of elegance and mood to any space. Although you still see a majority of crystal chandeliers in foyers and dining rooms, the use of crystal chandeliers has expanded.  We have seen crystal chandeliers migrate into the bedroom, kitchens, even walk-in closets and bathrooms. With new styles, the possibilities are endless!

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Due to technological advancements, there is diversification in lighting manufacturing capabilities. The inclusion of crystal in these designs coupled with the most surprising materials and lighting technology is a trend that will continue well into the future. Crystal remains a key ingredient in cutting-edge lighting design; new and unexpected crystal applications are being designed and used. The illuminated candles and brilliant sparkle of crystal chandeliers provides multiple light points and creates a vivid, less static environment. From this, beautiful functionality warms the atmosphere of the room.

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A home is a place for rejuvenation and comfort. Each room in your home is touched by personal items that evoke emotion and reflect your individual style. When decorating your interior, meaningfully objects that shape the space around you are essential. As well, there is a growing sense of timeless value expressed through carefully considered investments that correspond to a more sober and austere lifestyle.

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A Schonbek chandelier, proudly made in the U.S., promises an expression of calm elegance, with its delicately handcrafted metalwork and precious crystals. With various application potential, a Schonbek chandelier can beautifully contrast a modern interior or perfectly complement a traditional room. No matter the application, each authentic Schonbek masterpiece shines with its own special character and will illuminate generations to come.

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A Swarovski chandelier is an object of atmospheric beauty achieved through the very best of today’s design innovation. As if by magic, a Swarovski chandelier creates awe and is certain to surprise as it takes crystal and light to dazzling new heights. It captures and communicates a broad spectrum of styles and desires ideal for residential and hospitality environs alike, fulfilling the highest technical standards of modern illumination.

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Choosing Wisely: How to Select the Right Chandelier for Your Home

A chandelier, suspended over the dining table, not only serves as an ornate decorative element that creates an elegant atmosphere, it can also be the focal point of the room.  A dimmable chandelier can create different moods, from a soft glowing atmosphere to one that is bright and conducive to a variety of tasks.  Choosing the right chandelier for a room can be tricky, as a variety of considerations come into play.  Aside from choosing the most visually appealing chandelier design for the space, the size of the room, the size of the table, the mounting height, and the wattage are all important to consider.

  • Size of the Room: Fitting the chandelier to the proportions of the room will help significantly in enhancing the visual appeal of the space.  Simply add the length and width of the room in feet to get the diameter of the chandelier in inches.  For example, a 12-by-20 foot room would ideally need an approximately 32-inch chandelier like the Aberdeen by Hudson Valley Lighting, which features lofty stems and rich, pleated fabric shades for a contemporary appeal.

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  • Size of the Table: Of key importance when it comes to choosing a chandelier is the size of your dining table.  A good rule of thumb to follow is to measure the table’s smallest width and then choose a chandelier that is 12-inches less in diameter than that width.  Access Lighting offers plenty of versatility when matching to different table designs and features laser cut metal and frosted glass for a contemporary/modern look.

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  • Mounting Height: When it comes to the mounting height, the key thing to remember is that the bottom of the chandelier should not interfere with the movement or sight line of the people sitting at the table.  In most cases, the measurement should be 36-inches from the top of the table.  It’s simple to adjust the mounting height with a fixture like the Inertia by Corbett Lighting, which impresses with crystal and polished stainless prisms, and a silver leaf finish.

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  •  Wattage:  When it comes to wattage, the total wattage of all the chandelier bulbs should be 200-400 watts to provide sufficient light.  However, keep in mind that shading affects the maximum wattage of a chandelier.  Ideally, a dimmer switch should be used to control the wattage and create the desired mood and atmosphere.

Follow the simple guidelines above to achieve exceptional results when choosing a chandelier for your home.

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Inspired lighting for children

For most parents, decorating a child’s bedroom or playroom is a joy. It’s a place to inject a bit of whimsy and fun vivid hues you may not consider for other areas of the house. Although you’ll likely put a lot of thought into the design concepts and themes behind your child’s room, many parents overlook lighting.

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Lighting for children should blend both functionality and style. Rather than settle for a bland single bulb in a clear glass globe, use lighting to bring the room’s design to new heights. A striking light fixture is not only a great design opportunity to inspire little minds as they play pretend or fall into dreamland, but also can be the final touch that creates a perfect, polished look.

Here are a few children’s lighting trends that are sure to inspire:

Ceiling fans: Selecting a ceiling fan for your child’s room is probably driven by function, but today’s ceiling fans are far from boring. Made from numerous types of woods, metals or even fabric, and in just about any shape you can imagine, the blades of a ceiling fan reveal the fixture’s true design potential. From staggered ovals of various sizes in chrome to oil rubbed bronze blades that look like palm leaves, ceiling fan blade options are endless.Kids_Crystorama

Chandeliers: If you’re designing a nursery or a little girl’s room, you can’t go wrong with a crystal chandelier. The is the perfect example of elegance without going overboard. Think chandeliers aren’t for little boys? Modern designs that incorporate clean lines and cool-toned metals are ideal, like the Crystorama Lighting Group Solaris Olde Silver Three-Light Chandelier.

Transitional: Transitional style fixtures can be a good option for children’s spaces. Not only are transitional styles great for just about any color palette or theme you’ve selected, they offer great longevity. So when your little lad or lass isn’t’ so little, the piece can continue to be used, even when you update the room’s décor.

The 3 reasons why you should try bedside pendant lighting now

NightstandNightstands and bedside tables are very much an expression of the person who uses them. They’re the last part of our homes we see before going to sleep and the first things we see when we wake up in the morning. Despite all the highly individual decorations that adorn the average nightstand, the lighting you’ll find atop them is often just that – average. Why not give BubblesNickelMiniPendantyour bedside some added style – and function – by changing up the same old lamp that’s crowding the table?

One of our favorite trends for bedside lighting is pendant lights. It’s showing up in top design magazines and blogs, but these are the top three reasons why we can’t get enough of the look:

1. Clutter-busting. Ever reach to hit snooze on your alarm clock and knock things over in an avalanche of books and knick-knacks? Not exactly the best way to wake up. Simply removing your bedside table lamp from the equation opens up a huge amount of extra space. It’s a quick and easy one-way ticket to a clean and serene bedside space.

2. A cohesive look. Mismatched his-and-hers lamps might add a touch of character, but if they’re not even remotely related from a style standpoint, it can leave your room looking slap-dash. Matching pendant lights on either side of your headboard give the room a balanced effect that makes a subtle – but definite – statement about your attention to detail.

3. Style choices galore. Love a bohemian look? Pick out pierced metal shades or shapely glass-and-wire globes. Seeking something clean and simple? Consider exposed bulb fixtures or minimalist shades in a range of metal tones (or even powder-coated paints). From the whimsical to the classical, there are virtually endless choices to please every style palate.

Dark room? Top tips for choosing a light fixture

Lighting is such a simple concept, yet there are so many considerations – it’s enough to drive even the savviest interior designer batty. If you are updating your home’s lighting, you might feel a little overwhelmed when choosing fixtures. Find your perfect lighting option – and a little bit of Zen – with these top tips for choosing a fixture.

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1. Blend aesthetic features

Just as accessories tie together your favorite outfits, lighting fixtures are the jewelry that ties together the overarching design aesthetic of a space. Make sure color, style and detailing are all aligned with the main theme of the room.

2. Consider scale and proportion

The size of the room should be a main consideration when selecting the size and type of fixture for the space. Too big and it will be overwhelming; too small and the fixture won’t ever get noticed. To get a good general idea of appropriate fixture size, start by adding the length and width of a room. Take that sum and replace feet with inches. A 10-by-20-foot room has a sum of 30 feet, which means a fixture of about 30 inches would be appropriate for the space.

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3. Decide on the light’s purpose

You may think this is a silly question – of course the purpose of a lighting fixture is to provide light. But it’s important to dig deeper. Is the purpose of your fixture to provide overhead light while dining, task lighting in the bathroom, or accent lighting around your favorite painting? This will dictate the features and type of fixture you should select. A sconce will function much differently than a chandelier or a recessed lighting fixture.

4. Consider timeless materials

When shopping for a light fixture, consider the material and how well it blends with the interior design. If you know you’ll be using this light fixture for many years to come, choose a material that is timeless so that in five years, it doesn’t date the space. If you want to play with trends, update shades and glass globes, and keep the fixture classically appealing.

As Featured in Veranda: Troy Lighting brings grace and elegance with the Delacroix collection

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A lighting industry leader since the 1960s, Troy Lighting’s fixtures demonstrate their passion for quality, design, value and service. A stunning example is their Delacroix collection, which was featured in the July/August issue of Veranda magazine. Delacroix combines an old world style and aesthetic with cutting edge technology and artisan craftsmanship. This transitional piece can work well in any interior, from modern to traditional, and would look great in an entryway, kitchen or dining room – not to mention myriad contract applications.

Made from hand-worked iron, it also features the warmth of aged wood beading and hand-carved accents, as well as distressed gold leaf, giving it a luxurious, yet restrained feel. The French bronze finish confers a sense of classic European elegance. The Delacroix collection includes multiple pendant sizes and shapes to fit a variety of rooms and uses, all while maintaining its distinctive style.

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Troy Lighting’s dedication to unique design, superlative service and exquisite craftsmanship – all at a reasonable price – has allowed them to become an industry leader in its 50-year existence. They create both indoor and outdoor fixtures that are unlike anything else in the marketplace.

Some of Troy Lighting’s outdoor pieces have been spotted in stylish living rooms and dining rooms. Hand-forged iron, hand-applied finishes and hand-blown glass are just a few of their signature materials, which, combined in both new and classic ways, have come to establish the Troy Lighting style and brand. They take great pride in their design, engineering and inspection standards. It’s through this brilliant combination of product and service that they’ve thrived in the marketplace for half a century. Explore their whole collection, including pendants, sconces, indoor and outdoor fixtures and bathroom and kitchen lighting, all available at Bellacor.