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Chandeliers are Jewelry for the Ceiling
You know, they say chandeliers are like jewelry for the home. They are one of the final accessories that pull a room together. They add shimmer and that special dash of glamour – the same way earrings or a necklace complete the look of an outfit.
Read on to find out how you can add instant drama to any room with a chandelier. There are so many styles to choose from, finding the right piece of jewelry for your room will be a fun shopping experience. Just make sure the one you choose matches with the other elements of the room -- just like accessories with an outfit!
Imagine yourself lounging away a lazy Sunday morning in this designer bedroom awash in rich tones of chartreuse, deep aubergine and gray with hints of black. It is perfect in every way. Or is it?
The room is painted in a deep purple on the upper walls. A gorgeous quilted chartreuse coverlet pairs beautifully with a gray down-filled duvet and piles of dreamy pillows. White wainscoting contrasts the deep hued walls. Black-and-white photography creates a focal point above the headboard while chocolate nightstands help ground the grouping. But yet, something is missing. Where’s the sparkle? Where’s the shimmer?
Wouldn’t this chandelier finish the look? It's the perfect over-the-top touch reminiscent of delicate weeping willow or bamboo branches. This artistic light fixture to creates a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry for the bedroom.
Bold punches of turquoise punctuate this inviting living room. Nothing works better with turquoise than a smattering of black occasional furniture pieces and accessories. This room reflects an individual who loves to decorate with unique treasures collected from their extensive travels. It is another example of a beautiful, yet incomplete room. What’s missing? The jewelry, of course!
This chandelier from Marjorie Skouras Design is a masterpiece of semi-precious stones. The genuine black onyx and turquoise used here could also be inspiration for a gorgeous, show-stopping necklace. Can’t you just see this magnificent lighting creation gracing the ceiling of our turquoise and black themed room?
A Jewel Box Jewel
Call me weird, but one of my favorite rooms of the home is the powder room. They’re diminutive and can easily pack a lot of decorating punch. It’s no wonder intensely colored powder rooms are known as jewel boxes. And what better place for a fitting piece of jewelry!
Coral red, black and white make quite an impact in this exotic powder room designed by Miles Redd. The mirrored medicine cabinet reflects the graphic zebra wallpaper by Scalamandre and the stunning black onyx rimmed vessel sink. The jewelry below would be my contribution to this adventurous design direction…
…a genuine coral chandelier, once again one of Marjorie Skouras’ fabulous creations. This powder room has the height to carry off this impressive work of ceiling glitz. Without it, the room would seem naked. Just like when you rush out the door without your favorite piece of jewelry!
Just Do It!
All that's needed to install a chandelier is an overhead lighting fixture or junction box, ladder and basic tools. If you are handy, you can do it yourself—with the help of an additional pair of hands. Don’t forget to turn off the power before you start!
So remember, when you are looking around the house and feel there’s something not quite right, chances are a chandelier will help bring your design vision full circle. I’m not saying you need one in every room, but then again, why not?
Ways to Save
Now, I’ll be the first to admit the chandelier examples in these photos are not for everyone’s budget (certainly not for mine!) If money is a concern in your quest for ceiling bling, you can definitely find a chandelier for every budget. Consider mini chandeliers that provide sparkle without crippling your bank account. You can even purchase an ornate “candelier” eliminating the need for hardwire installation–candles are all you need to brighten a room.
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