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5 Unique Ways to Style Your Chandelier

5 Unique Ways to Style Your Chandelier

Shopping for a chandelier can be challenging, as there are so many options out there. From transitional styles that offer the best of both worlds to a salvage-heavy industrial look, you may feel like most chandeliers would be out of place in your home’s decor scheme. However, that is not the case.  

“It’s easy to assume that a chandelier only belongs right in the middle of the ceiling in a formal dining room,” says Kari Lloyd, editor at Rent.com. “The truth is, a chandelier can be an amazingly cool decorative piece. Try hanging a colorful, smaller chandelier in a corner for a splash of color or rig it to a tall floor lamp instead of a boring lampshade.”

Here are some other ways to style your chandelier to match your home. Some looks might totally surprise you!

1. Transitional: A Balanced Look

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    If your home’s style teeters on the edge of contemporary and traditional, a transitional chandelier probably suits your needs best. The transitional interior design blends the comfort and warmth of traditional design with the clean profiles and understated colors typical of a more contemporary look. This style is all about meeting those looks in the middle.

    A perfect way to marry the two is by choosing a chandelier that combines traditional elegance with contemporary form—think classic silhouettes with updated finishes and simplified lines. Complement this chandelier with a tone-on-tone color palette that mixes warm neutrals like taupe and gray with strategically placed accent colors, like a coral throw pillow or pair of table lamps. Complete the look with simple furniture and textural touches for a totally transitional space.

    2. Industrial: Fashion Meets Function

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      Industrial style puts a spotlight on no-nonsense furnishings and accessories. Showing appreciation for a lack of pretension and stripped-back architecture, this look is an unexpectedly perfect scene for a chandelier. Add a glamorous chandelier to an industrial space to take the room from utilitarian to unique.

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      If you’re hoping to make your chandelier blend in a bit better, opt for a fixture that takes notes for the industrial style’s unassuming look—think salvaged and humble, showcasing a play between form and function. Polish off this room scene with functional furnishings like no-frill stools and repurposed desks, a wide open space plan and cool coloration throughout.

      3. Arts + Crafts: Attention to Detail

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        Refreshing and pure, the Arts and Crafts style is a nod to 20th-century appreciation for holistic design. A reflection of its roots in harmonious layouts, detailed woodworking, and handcrafted material, this design gets a jolt with the addition of a simply styled chandelier. Look to fixtures featuring warm metals like bronze, brass, and copper with a hammered or distressed finish. Finish the look with functional furnishings that embrace sturdy, unadorned form and well-crafted woodwork put on display—think meticulous detailing in paneling, stairways, and trim.

        4. Traditional: Timeless Elegance

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          Drawing its inspiration from the past, traditional style is all about comfort. Every element in a traditionally-styled space seems familiar and properly placed, paying special attention to adding warmth and a welcoming overall tone. Traditional homes often implement refined furnishings, mannerly textiles and a sense of order throughout. Chandeliers are particularly perfect for this look, as they offer an extra element of ornamentation.

          Depending on the grandiosity of your space, choose a chandelier that adds a touch of contemporary style so the room doesn’t get too stuffy. Complete the look with a layout focused on symmetry and soft edges throughout.

          Look for a color palette that is buttoned up with conservative colors (cream, beige, tan) and punch it up with bolder color (deep brown, burgundy). If you’re adding a chandelier to a space featuring molding and trim, as many traditional homes do, opt for a cleaner, modern look to balance the style of the room.

          5. Contemporary: Less Is More

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            If your idea of comfort is a strong emphasis on line and form and zero clutter, then your style might be contemporary. While chandeliers seem to lean towards traditional styles, they can play well in contemporary pads with updated finishes and streamlined silhouettes.

            Keep the rest of the room pared down with simple lines and sophisticated neutrals—white and black are the basis of contemporarily designed spaces. Contemporary styles also put a focus on sleek, hard surfaces, avoiding wall-to-wall carpeting at all costs and adding simple area rugs where necessary.

            Have you purchased a chandelier lately? How did you end up styling your fabulous new fixture?

            Featured photo credit: Kerrie Kelly via kerriekelly.com

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            Last Updated on January 14, 2019

            7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

            7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

            From Atkins to Paleo to eating gluten-free despite not being one of the rare few people afflicted with celiac disease, fad diets are everywhere. It drives me crazy because I believe these diets do more harm than good. Your body is made up of a variety of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals, and losing weight healthily isn’t possible when you fill your body with unnecessary synthetic plastics, sugars, and powders. There’s no easy button in life.

            What you need to do is exercise, which isn’t very appealing to many people. Workouts take work, so there’s already a stigma involved in going to the gym. Starting a healthy workout regimen becomes easier when you make it fun. If you want to live long and prosper, get off the couch and try these methods to turn your workout into a playout.

            1. Take the scenic route.

            Walking is an easy way to transition to a healthy lifestyle, and it’s free. Not only do you burn calories (check out this calculator for how many calories you burn based on your weight), but you see the world in a different way. Hiking in nature is great if you have access to it, but don’t let living in an urban area deter you from walking.

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            Whenever I’m creatively stuck I get my head straight by walking a couple of miles. It’s also how I discover new paths, meet new people, and stumble upon hole-in-the-wall spots I never would have found otherwise. You could drive past the same place every day and never appreciate the beauty, nor even notice it’s there.

            2. Distract yourself.

            No matter what exercise routine you choose, use the time to meditate. You may wonder how marathon runners are able to put so many miles on their bodies. It’s because the pain from running that you avoid is something they’ve learned to harness to enter a transcendental state. If you’re aware of the benefits of meditation and exercise but don’t have time to do both, you can combine them, killing two birds with one healthy stone.

            3. Listen to music or podcasts.

            There are few experiences in life more pleasurable than turning up the music and drowning out the world around you. With so many podcasts and music apps available on your smartphone, you can easily find entertainment options perfectly suited to your personal tastes. Never worry what people may think of you when working out;instead, crank up the volume and get lost in your own world. You’ll be in shape before you know it.

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            4. Bring a friend.

            Some people can’t go anywhere alone. While I highly recommend dining out and seeing a movie in a theater alone, having company while exercising is very helpful. It allows you to pace yourself with someone else, and gives you a coach to motivate and push harder than you may have on your own.

            Many exercises are safer when done with a friend, and some sports can only be played with another person. Involving others in your goals can mean the difference between success and failure. Just remember to continue exercising if the other person flakes, or they’ll be in control of your health.

            5. Accessorize.

            There are accessories that can make exercise easier, and sometimes buying a new toy can add some much-needed fun to your routine. With apps like RunKeeper and Nike+, your smartphone is capable of tracking your vitals and progress. Wrist weights can add a new dimension to your workout, and, if you exercise at night, a headlamp can help you see what’s in front of you so you don’t trip.

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            For urban runners and power-walkers, one of the biggest obstacles is other people. It’s difficult to get in your meditative zone and enjoy your music when you constantly have to dodge people. To resolve this vexing issue, Runbell, a startup in Tokyo, has developed the runner’s version of the bicycle bell. With this lightweight brass bell warning people you’re approaching from behind, you’re free to maintain your transcendental state while continuing your workout. Head to their Kickstarter campaign to pledge your support.

            6. Compete.

            A little healthy competition can motivate you to push yourself further in your workout regimen. There are apps like Zombies, Run! which turns your run into a video game, and MyFitnessPal which allows you to connect with others in the exercise community. Whether you’re directly competing with a friend, an online community, or against your previous self, setting goals is the key to reaching them. Running with no destination can feel like an impossible task, and it’s easy to get distracted.

            7. Relax.

            The best part about exercising is how much you enjoy the downtime. If you think laying on your couch all day is enjoyable, it has nothing on that hour you spend as a couch potato after a rigorous workout. Jay-Z said it best, “in order to experience joy, you need pain.” The harder you push yourself while exercising, the better you’ll feel when you’re relaxing.

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            With that said, don’t relax too much, or it loses the effect. It’s okay to indulge every so often. Treat yourself to some junk food you’re craving, imbibe a drink here and there, and spend a day vegging out on your couch. Staying healthy doesn’t have to be torture. Just turn down when you can and dedicate some time to better the health of your body. You only get one.

            Featured photo credit: tpsdave via pixabay.com

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