Ac­cen­tu­ates your pe­riod dé­cor at the same time,”

Victorian Homes - - Shopper - Nancy from King's Chandelier says.

“In­te­rior light­ing, when cho­sen well, cre­ates a big im­pact on the el­e­gance and com­fort of your home,” says Michelle Thomas, light­ing spe­cial­ist at Magnolia Hall. To sim­plify the process, she ad­vises that home­own­ers think of light­ing in the three fol­low­ing cat­e­gories.

Am­bi­ent Light­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to Michelle, am­bi­ent light­ing is ide­ally soft and typ­i­cally used in Vic­to­rian bed­rooms and din­ing rooms for re­lax­ation. “Beau­ti­ful fabric and heav­ily fringed ta­ble lamps in a bed­room would pro­vide the soft il­lu­mi­na­tion needed in this set­ting,” she says.

Task Light­ing

“This is more in­tense light for read­ing, cook­ing or work­ing and is typ­i­cally brighter and more di­rect,” Michelle says. For ex­am­ple, a Tif­fany glass lamp would work well on a writ­ing desk as a task light.

Ac­cent Light­ing

“This is used to highlight some­thing spe­cific like an ob­ject or an ar­chi­tec­tural fea­ture,” Michelle ex­plains. “It can be in the form of a wall sconce in a Vic­to­rian home.”


“A multi-light cen­ter chandelier gives gor­geous am­bi­ent light­ing and

“The ab­so­lute, most ef­fec­tive way to il­lu­mi­nate an old home is by lay­er­ing your light­ing,” says Nancy Daniel, co-owner of King’s Chandelier Com­pany. “A mul­ti­light cen­ter chandelier gives gor­geous am­bi­ent light­ing and ac­cen­tu­ates your pe­riod dé­cor at the same time. Con­tinue with as many lamps, both floor and ta­ble, as the room can take. Very small ac­cent lights help to brighten cor­ners—use them in book­shelves or on desks. An elec­tric can­de­labra or can­dle­stick adds light, while look­ing dif­fer­ent than a ta­ble lamp.”

Cre­ate ac­cent light­ing with the Crys­tal Ex­trav­a­ganza Sconce from Magnolia Hall. $349.95, (866) 410-2755 or mag­no­li­a­

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