Ceiling Pendant Fixtures: The Good, the Bad, the Misplaced
How to be Smart Choosing Decorating Trends that Work for You
Sometimes I see decorating trends in the media that look dramatic, but are a disaster when transferred to the average home.
A trend I am seeing a frequently is a dramatic ceiling fixture in the middle of a living room such as this:
This sculptural lighting fixture adds softness to this angular and spare interior.
2 Problems with this Decorating Trend:
1. Most of the light in the photo is provided by the photographer’s flood lights. The pendant lamp, as beautiful as it is gives only a little light in the center of the room, near the ceiling; leaving anyone sitting on the sofa literally in the dark. (The recessed ceiling lights only illuminate the artwork on the wall, and the floor lamp illuminates the corner.)
2. You need a 12-16 foot ceiling to accommodate the fixture.
In this photo the ceiling fixture takes up the center of the room. It is so low you must walk around the low-hanging lamp. The pendant lamp in this living room hinders the sight-line between people sitting in the chairs in the foreground and anyone sitting on the sofa in the background.
This room already has a wonderful focal point in the mantelpiece. The ceiling lamp only distracts from this.
Not all decorating trends work in all spaces, no matter how appealing.
How to Make Smart Choices
A cell phone camera and a measuring tape are your friends.
– Take a photo of your space, print it out and sketch-in what you are thinking of adding or changing
– Measure the item you want to add and then measure the space it will take-up in the room. You want to be able to move around in and use a space not squeeze furniture and decor into it. Be ruthless.
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What decorating trends would you like to see reviewed? Make suggestions in the comments box below. I will be happy to write about them.