Decorating & Design

June 11, 2015

Quick Tricks For Updating Light Fixtures

The easiest and most inexpensive way to update a traditional chandelier is to remove the shades and let the bare bulbs shine as a modern accent. But what about different kinds of fixtures? Changing the shades on sconces or lamps can change the mood and style of the entire room.

Choosing a lampshade in a bright colour or bold pattern is an easy and inexpensive way to add style, but be wary that these changes all have the ability to alter the mood of a room. A simple white shade, for example, is modern and will brighten up a space, while a black shade adds elegance and drama. If you can’t find a shade in a pattern that suits you, try applying your own fabric to a plain drum – don’t settle!

Playing with scale is another easy way to update a light fixture, and the whole room. Sometimes, the simple trade for a larger shade can make all the difference.

Author: Jennifer Koper & Marina Stamatakos

Valerie Wilcox


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