The fireplace is often the focal point of a room. There so many different options to dress up your fireplace -whether it’s tile, stone or cement, to name a few. Below I’ve gathered a few of my favorites. Whichever you choose always keep in mind that not only can a fireplace be a conversation piece, but also a family space that you often gather around. If only I had enough rooms to place all these gorgeous fireplaces in!
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Lighting can have such a big impact on a room. If a room is simple and contains little or no decor, adding a chandelier can be all it needs. When you pick out lighting for a room, consider how much light is needed in that space. An office or low light bathroom probably needs more light than a large open great room or bedroom. If you are hanging a chandelier in a great room or open area you may ask yourself
HOW HIGH SHOULD I HANG MY CHANDELIER?
When adding a chandelier to your master bedroom, take into consideration the height of your ceiling. A chandelier or pendant should hang no lower than 7 feet above the floor, to allow for head clearance. If you have really tall ceilings, the rule is to allow 2 1/2 inches to 3 inches for each foot of ceiling height. For example:
12 ft ceilings would be
12 x 2.5 = 30
12 x 3 = 36
This means you should choose a chandelier that is 30-36 inches to tall to accommodate your 12ft ceilings. Often in a bedroom you don’t have to worry about the clearance of a chandelier, due to the bed, however your want to make sure you don’t bump your head when you sit up in bed.
HOW BIG SHOULD MY CHANDELIER BE FOR MY ROOM?
This is a common mistake often made, you have to consider the size of your room when placing a chandelier in it. A general rule of thumb is to remember this formula:
Length of the Room (in feet) + Width of the Room (in feet) = Diameter of the Chandelier (in inches)
I hope that I have given some insight in choosing a chandelier for your room, remember lighting sets the mood!
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Sources from left to right 1. Jacqueline two-tier pendant by AERIN 2. Austin Allen & Company Handley Collection 3-light Iced Gold Chandelier; Overstock 3. Clarissa Crystal Round Drop Chandlier; Pottery Barn 4. Winton Weathered Pine Chandelier; The Lighting Connection