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Enlighten Yourself with Ambient Light


When it comes to interior design, nothing sets the tone of the room like lighting. If you want to create a comfortable, intimate atmosphere, ambient lighting is the way to go. This soft, mellow light can set the entire room aglow. Enlighten yourself with the variety of ceiling lights for an understanding of what’s available and which style is right for you.

Chandeliers

Suspended in a descending form of crystals and light, the chandelier is one of the most exquisite lighting fixtures available. Once synonymous with castle ballrooms, the chandelier is now budget-friendly, and can be found in a variety of rooms. Create a spectacle of light in your Owner’s Retreat, kitchen, nursery – or even your bathroom – with a chandelier.

If glamour is your goal, opt for a multi-layered, tiered chandelier, or the traditional crystal. Chandeliers can breathe an air of formality into a room, but a rustic chandelier – often finished with rust, wood and copper tones – is more casual. For a modern look and a warm-lit room, try the cylinder-shaped-and-shaded drum chandelier.

When hanging a chandelier in your dining room, ensure that the lowest part of the chandelier hovers at least 30 inches above the dining table, and that its diameter is half of the table’s width.

Chandeliers

To Be or Not to Be Flush

No longer reserved for hallways and closets, flush mount lights can be a great light source for almost any room. Fastened tight to the ceiling, flush mounts come in a variety shapes and sizes. From minimalistic, domed-shaped and metal-ringed lights, to eccentrically-shaped, industrial flush mounts, a wide range of designs are at your disposal. One thing to take into consideration, however, is that changing light bulbs in these fixtures can pose a challenge, especially with high ceilings.

Hanging around four to eight inches from the ceiling, semi-flush mount lights cast an ample amount of light suitable for the bedroom, dining room or foyer. Semi-flush mounts range from gold-glassed Tuscan and mission designs, to transitional, Victorian and outdoor fixtures.

Pendants

Pendants

Like the chandelier, pendants hang from the ceiling by a chain, cord or metal rod. Pendants can fall into a number of styles, such as hanging lanterns, single-bulb and globe-shaped fixtures. Unlike chandeliers, these lights can serve a dual use. When the shade is directed downwards, pendant lights can produce a beam of bright light ideal for task-busy areas. But when the shade is inverted, this same-style light can emit a luminous glow, making an elegant addition to the foyer, dining room or kitchen.

Whether you want to create a warm atmosphere in the dining room, or simply brighten up your hallway, these fixtures can be an aesthetically pleasing, decorative way to illuminate your home.


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