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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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            12 Best Brain Foods that Improve Memory

            12 Best Brain Foods that Improve Memory

            Nutrition plays a vital role in brain function and staying sharp into the golden years. Personally, my husband is going through medical school, which is like a daily mental marathon. Like any good wife, I am always looking for things that will boost his memory fortitude so he does his best in school.

            But you don’t have to be a med student to appreciate better brainiac brilliance. If you combine certain foods with good hydration, proper sleep and exercise, you may just rival Einstein and have a great memory in no time.

            I’m going to reveal the list of foods coming out of the kitchen that can improve your memory and make you smarter.

            Here are 12 best brain foods that improve memory:

            1. Nuts

            The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study linking higher intakes of vitamin E with the prevention on cognitive decline.[1]

            Nuts like walnuts and almonds (along with other great foods like avocados) are a great source of vitamin E.

            Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain an amino acid that reduces stress by boosting serotonin levels.

            Walnuts even resemble the brain, just in case you forget the correlation, and are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which also improve your mental magnitude.

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            2. Blueberries

            Shown in studies at Tuffs University to benefit both short-term memory and coordination, blueberries pack quite a punch in a tiny blue package.[2]

            When compared to other fruits and veggies, blueberries were found to have the highest amount of antioxidants (especially flavonoids), but strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are also full of brain benefits.

            3. Tomatoes

            Tomatoes are packed full of the antioxidant lycopene, which has shown to help protect against free-radical damage most notably seen in dementia patients.

            4. Broccoli

            While all green veggies are important and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, broccoli is a superfood even among these healthy choices.

            Since your brain uses so much fuel (it’s only 3% of your body weight but uses up to 17% of your energy), it is more vulnerable to free-radical damage and antioxidants help eliminate this threat.

            Broccoli is packed full of antioxidants, is well-known as a powerful cancer fighter and is also full of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function.

            5. Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids

            Your brain is the fattest organ (not counting the skin) in the human body, and is composed of 60% fat. That means that your brain needs essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA to repair and build up synapses associated with memory.

            The body does not naturally produce essential fatty acids so we must get them in our diet.

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            Eggs, flax, and oily fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring are great natural sources of these powerful fatty acids. Eggs also contain choline, which is a necessary building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, to help you recall information and concentrate.

            6. Soy

            Soy, along with many other whole foods mentioned here, are full of proteins that trigger neurotransmitters associated with memory.

            Soy protein isolate is a concentrated form of the protein that can be found in powder, liquid, or supplement form.

            Soy is valuable for improving memory and mental flexibility, so pour soy milk over your cereal and enjoy the benefits.

            7. Dark chocolate

            When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. Try to aim for at least 70% cocoa. This yummy desert is rich in flavanol antioxidants which increase blood flow to the brain and shield brain cells from aging.

            Take a look at this article if you want to know more benefits of dark chocolate:

            15 Surprising and Science-Backed Health Effects of Dark Chocolate

            8. Foods Rich in Vitamins: B vitamins, Folic Acid, Iron

            Some great foods to obtain brain-boosting B vitamins, folic acid and iron are kale, chard, spinach and other dark leafy greens.

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            B6, B12 and folic acid can reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine increases are found in patients with cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s, and high risk of stroke.

            Studies showed when a group of elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment were given high doses of B6, B12, and folic acid, there was significant reduction in brain shrinkage compared to a similar placebo group.[3]

            Other sources of B vitamins are liver, eggs, soybeans, lentils and green beans. Iron also helps accelerate brain function by carrying oxygen. If your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it can slow down and people can experience difficulty concentrating, diminished intellect, and a shorter attention span.

            To get more iron in your diet, eat lean meats, beans, and iron-fortified cereals. Vitamin C helps in iron absorption, so don’t forget the fruits!

            9. Foods Rich in Zinc

            Zinc has constantly demonstrated its importance as a powerful nutrient in memory building and thinking. This mineral regulates communications between neurons and the hippocampus.

            Zinc is deposited within nerve cells, with the highest concentrations found in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for higher learning function and memory.

            Some great sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds, liver, nuts, and peas.

            10. Gingko biloba

            This herb has been utilized for centuries in eastern culture and is best known for its memory boosting brawn.

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            It can increase blood flow in the brain by dilating vessels, increasing oxygen supply and removing free radicals.

            However, don’t expect results overnight: this may take a few weeks to build up in your system before you see improvements.

            11. Green and black tea

            Studies have shown that both green and black tea prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine—a key chemical involved in memory and lacking in Alzheimer’s patients.

            Both teas appear to have the same affect on Alzheimer’s disease as many drugs utilized to combat the illness, but green tea wins out as its affects last a full week versus black tea which only lasts the day.

            Find out more about green tea here:

            11 Health Benefits of Green Tea (+ How to Drink It for Maximum Benefits)

            12. Sage and Rosemary

            Both of these powerful herbs have been shown to increase memory and mental clarity, and alleviate mental fatigue in studies.

            Try to enjoy these savory herbs in your favorite dishes.

            When it comes to mental magnitude, eating smart can really make you smarter. Try to implement more of these readily available nutrients and see just how brainy you can be!

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