Light up your home life with dec­o­ra­tive fix­tures

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grow­ing dec­o­rat­ing el­e­ments to­day is light­ing. New styles and trends in light­ing are show­ing up and range from sparkly chan­de­liers inside drum shades to retro looks of the 1960s to sim­ple lantern cages to so­phis­ti­cated pen­dants with over­sized shades. You have more op­tions than ever for cre­at­ing a dra­matic look with light­ing. The right light

Light­ing has grown so much that many fix­tures could now dou­ble as a fo­cal point. Take the new globe fix­tures. Large, round globes are tak­ing cen­ter stage in the liv­ing room. Their round shape is fresh and up­dated, and they don’t feel as flashy as a chan­de­lier. Look for styles like the Miseno six­light cage globe Light­ or the Cir­cles Sphere pen­dant in gold Shades­ .

Tiered light­ing is another style that’s mak­ing a fash­ion light­ing state­ment now. The stacked ef­fect of th­ese fix­tures cre­ates a lay­ered look that feels fresh and up­dated, while adding a mul­ti­di­men­sional ap­peal. Watch for new styles like the Ko­vacs two-tier nickel fix­ture Build. com , but don’t think that light­ing has to be cir­cu­lar­shaped any­more.Rect­an­gu­lar-shaped chan­de­liers of­fer some­thing new and ex­cit­ing to din­ing rooms, and light the whole ta­ble. A beau­ti­ful fix­ture with a unique rect­an­gu­lar shape but with clas­sic crys­tals that look like flower petals, the Bella Crys­tal Ball rect­an­gu­lar chan­de­lier Pot­ will be a con­ver­sa­tion piece while light­ing up special din­ners and par­ties.

Pen­dant light­ing also has come a long way. It’s no longer just a sim­ple shade over an is­land. Pen­dants have be­come su­per­sized with multi-pen­dant fix­tures, like the Pax­ton eight-light pen­dant Pot­teryBarn. com or the over­sized drum fix­tures that can go in the liv­ing room, din­ing room, kitchen or bed­room. The Dain­o­lite ex­tra-large drum fix­ture Light­ packs a lot of de­sign punch and makes a state­ment wher­ever you put it. But pen­dants can be tra­di­tional too. One of the new­est and most pop­u­lar light­ing fix­tures is the cage. Rem­i­nis­cent of out­door fix­tures, cage pen­dants look tra­di­tional, yet up­dated. The Trans Globe three-light cage fix­ture Bel­la­ is at home in any room of the house with its an­tique sil­ver leaf fin­ish. For some­thing more con­tem­po­rary, yet still tra­di­tional, the Mil­len­nium vin­tage gold five-light lin­ear pen­dant hits the mark and doesn’t break the bank. Right sized

Be­fore de­cid­ing on a size, re­mem­ber to con­sider the scale of the room. Of course, some pen­dants have been de­signed to be over­sized. And to­day, go­ing big is what’s go­ing home with us from the light­ing store. The size and scale of the light­ing fix­ture you choose should be in re­la­tion to the room, ex­cept when you are us­ing the size of the fix­ture to make a state­ment. Se­lect­ing a chan­de­lier, whether it’s or­nate or sim­ple, is not com­plete with­out one other ac­ces­sory: the dim­mer switch. You can cre­ate a com­pletely dif­fer­ent look and mood from your chan­de­lier just by con­trol­ling the light­ing in­ten­sity. So when se­lect­ing a chan­de­lier, don’t for­get to add a dim­mer switch to your pur­chase.

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