While the grandeur is breathtaking for sure, a full-sized crystal chandelier simply will not work well in every part of your home. The same lighting fixture that looks amazing hanging in your main room or over your dining room table will look out of place in a hallway or foyer. These smaller spaces require a smaller lighting source. Thankfully, there is no shortage of choices when it comes to lighting options for small spaces, and most have the same class and style as your full-sized dining room chandelier.
The best trick for effectively lighting your entire home is to create layers of light. This means your chandelier will be the most prominent lighting fixture but will be complemented by smaller light sources. The easiest way to determine the amount of light a room needs is to carefully consider what the room is used for. Brainstorm who will be spending the most amount of time in the room and what they will be using it for. High traffic rooms that are used for day-to-day living need the most light and lend themselves perfectly to chandeliers. These would include the living room, the dining room and any other rooms in your home where your family (or friends) gather to read, work or play. On the other hand, rooms like the bathroom and the bedroom get less traffic and house activities that generally require less light. These rooms would better lend themselves to small lighting fixtures like a floor lamp or a wall sconce.
Once you have determined which rooms are in need of smaller lighting options, the task is to find those options. Below is a list of lighting options for smaller spaces. Read through the list and see where you can implement these ideas.
1. Wall Sconces: Wall sconces are the perfect way to add a burst of extra light in a room. The candle options that most retailers offer work especially well by providing a dimmer option for reading or relaxation. Careful placement also allows you to draw attention to your favorite areas of the room.
2. Floor Lamps: A living or dining room often benefits from the help of a floor lamp. These lamps provide extra lighting rooms that get a lot of traffic and see much activity. Additionally, they allow you to keep your chandelier on a dimmer setting (which helps the bulbs last longer).
3. Table Lamps: This almost goes without saying, but table lamps are a necessity in most rooms, especially living and bedrooms where the brightness of a crystal chandelier isn’t always desired. These can function either as an addition to a chandelier or on their own.
Having a game plan and knowing what to look for will help ease the process of successfully lighting your home in a way that is both functional and visually appealing. Gather information, come up with a game plan and then begin shopping.