Lighting plays an important role in home decor. Aside from its functional aspects, it sets the mood for the surrounding atmosphere. Unfortunately, though, many homeowners underestimate the importance of lighting, assuming that generic, low-quality fixtures will suffice. While there's nothing wrong with using a traditional light fixture, you can enhance your home decor by choosing one or more of the following alternatives.
Chandeliers are often associated with dining rooms -- a common area in which they are used. But this doesn't necessarily mean that you can't use them elsewhere. Chandeliers, particularly "mini chandeliers" are an excellent lighting solution for bedrooms with tall ceilings. They bring a new element of sophistication to the decor, complimenting your furnishings and other decorations. Just remember to choose a chandelier that matches and flows cohesively with the environment.
Of course, another innovative lighting idea for the home is string lights. As the name suggests, these are literally lights on strings, similar to those displayed on Christmas trees. Regardless of the season, though, you can hang string lights throughout your home to enhance the decor. String lights are fun, inexpensive, and easy to use. Simply run a few strings across the ceiling and you're done! Installing new lighting doesn't get any easier than this. The only downside is that string lights provide minimal illumination when compared to other light sources.
What is a wall sconce and why should you use it? A wall sconce is a special type of light fixture that projects light upwards. They are installed on the wall, with the actual light facing upwards. Because of this unique characteristic, you can use them to emphasize decorations on your wall. Whether it's a painting, framed photo, cuckoo clock, etc., try using a wall sconce (or several) to bring attention to your decorations.
Last but not least, you can enhance your home decor with pendant lights. Pendant lights are long lights that hang from the ceiling, usually on a bendable cord. Many homeowners use them in the dining room and kitchen, although they are perfectly acceptable when used in other rooms as well. Just remember to use caution when hanging pendant lights, as you want to keep them above 7". If they are placed any lower, you -- or a family member or guest -- may run into them.
What's your favorite alternative lighting for the home?