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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 March 13, 2019

            How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

            How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

            Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

            You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

            Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

            1. Work on the small tasks.

            When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

            Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

            2. Take a break from your work desk.

            Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

            Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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            3. Upgrade yourself

            Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

            The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

            4. Talk to a friend.

            Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

            Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

            5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

            If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

            Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

            Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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            6. Paint a vision to work towards.

            If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

            Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

            Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

            7. Read a book (or blog).

            The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

            Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

            Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

            8. Have a quick nap.

            If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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            9. Remember why you are doing this.

            Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

            What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

            10. Find some competition.

            Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

            Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

            11. Go exercise.

            Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

            Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

            As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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            Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

            12. Take a good break.

            Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

            Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

            Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

            Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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