One of the fastest-growing decorating elements today is lighting. New styles and trends in lighting are showing up and range from sparkly chandeliers inside drum shades to retro looks of the ’60s to simple lantern cages to sophisticated pendants with oversized shades. You have more options than ever for creating a dramatic look with lighting.

The right light

Lighting is one of the quickest and easiest ways to change a room. For some time, chandeliers have been making their way from the dining room and into the bedroom, bathroom and even closets.

Lighting has grown so much that many fixtures could now double as a focal point. Take the new globe fixtures. Large, round globes are taking center stage in the living room. Their round shape is fresh and updated, and they don’t feel as flashy as a chandelier.

Tiered lighting is another lighting style that’s making a fashion statement now. The stacked effect of these fixtures creates a layered look that feels fresh and updated, while adding a multidimensional appeal.

Rectangular shaped chandeliers also offer something new and exciting to dining rooms and light the whole table. Pendant lighting has also come a long way. It’s no longer just a simple shade over an island. Pendants have become supersized with multi-pendant fixtures or the oversized drum fixtures that can go in the living room, dining room, kitchen or bedroom.

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But pendants can be traditional too. One of the newest and most popular lighting fixtures is the cage. Reminiscent of outdoor fixtures, cage pendants look traditional, yet updated.

Right sized

Before deciding on a size, remember to consider the scale of the room. Of course, some pendants are designed to be oversized. And today, going big is what’s going home with us from the lighting store.

The size and scale of the lighting fixture you choose should be in relation to the room, except when you are using the size of the fixture to make a statement. Selecting a chandelier, whether it’s ornate or simple, is not complete without one other accessory: the dimmer switch. You can create a completely different look and mood from your chandelier just by controlling the lighting intensity. So when selecting a chandelier, don’t forget to add a dimmer switch to your purchase.