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Beyond Light & Color: Choosing Statement Lighting

We can all agree that statement lighting is about more than just the light, but this tends to be our main focus when selecting such pieces – along with very basic features like finish, color and size.</br></br>And, it should be, but not at the expense of more nuanced considerations that make statement lighting the statement that it is, or what we want it to be.</br></br><strong>Lighting Themes</strong></br></br>Thematic lighting design isn’t really a thing; it’s just a way to <a title="What's Statement Lighting? " href="http://www.atgstores.com/ourblog/Whats-Statement-Lighting" target="_blank">describe statement lighting</a> that has more going on than a color scheme. Easy examples include lights made of shells that emphasize a coastal theme, or wagon-wheel chandeliers that rarely look better anywhere else than in a cabin or country home.</br></br>But, there are plenty of other themes out there, and more than one way to take advantage of these very literal kinds of designs. Add a little imagination and you’ll find that whatever statement you make will be pretty unforgettable.</br></br><strong>Lighting Weight</strong></br></br>This doesn’t refer to the actual weight of fixture, but rather its presence in the room. Presence can definitely be influenced by size, of course, but it’s more of an overall impression created by design, position and how it works with the rest of the room’s décor.</br></br><strong>Lighting Period / Style</strong></br></br>This focuses on the subject of presence mentioned above and how it clashes with or complements the room’s predominant design. Both strategies are workable, and it can have a dramatic effect on how your statement lighting is received.</br></br>For example, clashing styles can add the defining element to an eclectic design scheme, but a post-modern fixture in a traditional home might tip the balance too far.</br></br><strong>Regional / Cultural Style</br></strong></br></br>There are the regional lighting styles we see and hear about all the time (coastal, New England, etc.) and there are styles from more far-flung places that we don’t (Moroccan, Ottoman, and so on).</br></br>Now, getting a Turkish lamp to work as a chandelier in Western décor may take some effort, but if you can pull it off it would pretty much be the definition of statement lighting.</br></br><strong>The Question Is …</strong></br></br>What kind of statement do you want to make? Figure that out first, and a lot of this other stuff will just fall into place when it comes time to pick out that perfect statement lighting.
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