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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 November 11, 2019

            How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

            How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

            Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

            To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

            Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

            1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

            Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

            Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

            To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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            2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

            Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

            If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

            Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

            3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

            Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

            Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

            4. Feed Your Brain

            Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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            This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

            Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

            Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

            5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

            According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

            Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

            Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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            6. Write it Down

            If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

            It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

            You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

            7. Listen to Music

            Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

            8. Visual Concepts

            In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

            Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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            Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

            9. Teach Someone Else

            Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

            Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

            10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

            Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

            So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

            Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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