Posts Tagged ‘lighting’

July 6, 2013 9:00 am

Beautiful Chandeliers We Love

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Chandeliers are a great way to add drama, interest, and something extra special to a room. In this post, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite beautiful chandeliers. There’s something for just about every style, so be sure to let us know which is your favorite in a comment at the end. Enjoy!

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This ultra cool, interesting black chandelier is the perfect addition for a Scandinavian designed room or modern home. We love that it looks just as beautiful with or without lights!

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This turquoise chandelier is a beach house must-have. We love that it not only provides light, but also acts as a central decor piece for the room even without the lights turned on. We suggest using coral or red as an accent color to really make it pop!

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This incredibly romantic chandelier would be beautiful in a master bedroom or dining area. The sharp contrast between the white walls and clear crystals with the black iron draws our eye to the chandelier immediately.

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This shell chandelier is GORGEOUS. It’s incredibly feminine and would be the perfect addition to a front foyer. It’s soft, subtle, but eye-catching all at the same time.

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Last but not least, this sea shell chandelier would be adorable in a powder room or beach home. The white wash would go well with wicker furniture and allows you to go wild with color in other areas of the room.

Which is your favorite? Comment below to let us know!


Lighting is one of the most important components in interior design because it has such a huge impact on the overall mood of a space. However, it’s usually the last detail many of us see to as it can be quite a daunting task. Incandescent, fluorescent, high intensity discharge, LED, etc. There is an overwhelming number of options, and even just the idea of having to choose one can leave me feeling lost, frustrated, and pondering if living a life in darkness would really be that bad…? Read on to learn how to choose the best indoor light bulbs for you.

How to Choose a LightbulbThis weekend I revamped my living room with a new light blue paint color and some new dark brown shades for the table lamps on either side of my couch. You’d think that I would have purchased some light bulbs to go along with those, but when the sales clerk asked me if he could help me select some, I broke out in a nervous sweat and decided it was a detail that could be left just a little while longer.

But once the new paint was dry and the lamps were all set up, I realized that my old general service light bulbs just weren’t going to cut it any longer. The light was starkly white and made the room feel cold and uninviting. So, I mustered up some courage, put on my brave face, and timidly ventured back out to my nearest hardware store. That same sales clerk was there and he promptly schooled me in what is apparently the fine art of light bulb selection. Yep, there’s much more to it than simply choosing the right wattage.

Wall color, paint finish, furniture color and fabric, lamp shade thickness and color, and what overall mood you want your space to have are just a few of things to take into consideration. My living room is my place to relax, and I wanted to add as much warmth to the space for maximum comfort. I ended up walking away with low voltage Tungsten-halogen incandescent bulbs. I had originally wanted to go with LED as they are generally more efficient, but I found that they didn’t offer the right kind of light for me. I wanted something warmer to offset the cool blue walls, and these incandescent bulbs pair well with my lamp shades to give off a warm buttery glow. They also have a significantly longer life than most and provide more light per watt than standard incandescent bulbs.
In the end it took me, the hardware store clerk, and countless authors of online articles to choose two light bulbs!

What sort of light bulbs do you use throughout your home? Let us know in a comment below!