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Dragonfly Tiffany Style Hanging Lamp(I told you this was a project you could do on your own!)

Things You Need:

Tiffany style lighting fixture

• Screwdriver

• Utility knife

• Wire cutter

• Wire stripper

How To Remove The Existing Fixture

Step 1 – Turn off power to the existing fixture by turning off the breaker at the electrical box for the room you are working in.

Step 2 – Remove the globe and unscrew the light bulbs. Use a utility knife to loosen the fixture from paint on the ceiling.

Step 3 – Unscrew the mounting screws. This allows you to pull the fixture away from the mounting plate.

Step 4 – Unscrew the wire nuts and separate the wires of the fixture and the electrical box. Unscrew the existing mounting plate.

Installing Your New Tiffany Style Fixture

Step 1 – Fasten the mounting plate to the electrical box. The tiffany style hanging lamp you purchased will have its own mounting bracket, screws, and wire nuts, as well as a ceiling cap.

Step 2 – Clip the ends of the wires with a wire cutter. Use the wire stripper to remove the protective coating and expose fresh wire so the connection will be sound.

Step 3 – Attach the fixture wires to the wires of the electrical box using supplied wire nuts. Match color to color.

Step 4 – Align the openings of fixture to the mounting plate and attach using the supplied screws.

Step 5 – Screw in the light bulbs and attached the globe (this order can change depending on the fixture, a down light will make you attach the globe first). Make sure not to over-tighten the cap or nut that holds the globe in place. Having it too tight can cause the globe to crack.

Step 6 – Turn on power to the room and flip the light switch to check the installation.

Lighting A Dinette Area

posted by Bonnie @ 7:30 AM
Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Ivy Design Tiffany Style Hanging LampA decorative pendant or a fixture like a Chloe ivy design tiffany style hanging lamp with a down light does the job nicely. If installed with a dimmer switch, you can soften the light for entertaining and brighten the light for homework.

This type of light should be mounted so the pendant is at least 2 ½ feet above the table. You want at least 100 watts of light for this area. A tiffany hanging lamp with two 60 watt light bulbs meets these standards.

Replacing a ceiling fixture is a task that you need not fear. You have only three wires to contend with, two live wires and one ground wire. As long as you turn off the power to the room containing the fixture, this can be a do-it-yourself project.

Color Dimensions And Our Natural Reactions To Color

posted by Bonnie @ 1:30 PM
Wednesday, April 21, 2010

There are three dimensions of the colors on the color wheel.

Dimensions_hue_valueHue refers to the pure spectrum colors in the color wheel.

The value of a hue is determined by adding white to create a tint, black to create a shade or gray to create a tone.

Saturation is the purity of the hue. The colors on the color wheel are considered to be in their purest form. Looking at the graphic, you will noteDimesions_saturation that the saturation lessens as the colors move towards the center. They are considered to be desaturated when no hue dominates.

Colors are tied to natural elements like fire, water, sky, all evoking responses as if you were experiencing these elements firsthand. Reds in a room will make you feel warmer than light blues or greens, which cool or soothe your mind, body and spirit.

Rooms that you want to provoke serenity and calm, such as bedrooms and baths are often done in the cool colors like blue and green. Rooms like the kitchen or exercise and play area are best done in warm colors like red, orange and yellow. These colors stimulate you and make you want to be active. There is one exception to this idea, the color orange increases your appetite, thus you may want to steer clear of vivid orange walls for the kitchen.

When you are trying to decide a room’s color palette you need to consider not only your personal preferences, but also how the space will be used, it’s lighting and architectural detail.

Be careful how much bright color you place into any one room. Though initially exciting, too much color can become exhausting over time. Complementary color schemes will help with this issue because this color scheme will always balance a warm hue with a cool hue.Victorian Rose Tiffany Style Floor Lamp

Infuse color into your rooms using accessories such as tiffany lamps or large colored vases or statues. Remember the 60-30-10 rule we spoke of prior.

A Trend Turned Legacy

posted by LampsMakeTheRoom @ 1:09 PM
Monday, April 19, 2010

One way to add a decorative feature in your home is to have a great looking table lamp. You can choose from a variety of table lamps, but Tiffany table lamps are exceptionally beautiful and attractive. They certainly aren’t the ordinary lamps that you find in stores.

With the quality and beauty inherent in each piece, Tiffany table lamps are like pieces of art. They were first made with discarded glass from stained glass window producers, and this started the trend in making beautiful lamps.  The bases and stands themselves are great decorative features as well. You will never go wrong with a Tiffany table lamp in your home.

Color Schemes And How To Apply Them.

posted by Bonnie @ 11:19 AM
Sunday, April 18, 2010

There are four major color schemes used in decorating: monochromatic, analogousMonochromatic Color Scheme, complementary and triad.

One Color – Monochromatic

This scheme is one color in varying intensities from light to dark.

Monochromatic exampleThis living room is one example of a monochromatic color scheme. It is done in shades of gray. You could change the live floral arrangement for a dried arrangement in a darker gray vase ensemble for a different look.Alternate accessory for monochromatic

Two to Six Colors – Analogous

analogous color scheme

This scheme is 2-6 colors that sit next to each other on the color wheel.

Analogous Color SchemeThis den is one example of an analogous color scheme. The colors used are green through a red-orange. An ornate vase in the same color scheme can replace the solid black on the table and still hold the same basic look.Alternate accessory for analogous example

Two Color – Complementary

This scheme uses two colors located directly across from each other on the color wheel.

Complementary Color SchemeThis bedroom is one example of a complementary scheme. The colors pink and green are across from each other on the color wheel. You could replace the photo frame with a decorative night light for a younger female.Alternate accessory for complementary example

Three Color – TriadTriad Color Scheme

This scheme is made up of any three colors that form a triangle in the center of the wheel. This scheme is bold but balanced.

Triad Color SchemeThis room is one example of a triad scheme. The colors purple and green with a splash of orange are used in this room. If you are not a fan of long tapers, an alternative in this room could be a modern stair-step votive candle holder.Triad accessory alternative

Soon we will cover color dimensions. There are three dimensions to color, hue, value and saturation. We will also cover the natural reactions to color.

It is a daunting task to pick a color when decorating your home. You know you have a set budget, and you will only get one shot at making what you pictured in your head come to life in the room. You want to insert a little of your personality into the room, yet you cringe at the thought that the finished product may not produce the visual or psychological effects you intended the room to have.

Before turning your back on the project, let’s get a grip on what the color wheel is and how it works.

The basic color wheel was discovered by Sir Isaac Newton while performing a prism experiment in which he discovered that pure white light contains a full spectrum of colors.Color Wheel

The color wheel has 12 colors classified into three categories, primary colors, secondary colors, and tertiary colors.

Primary ColorsPrimary colors are red, yellow and blue.

I have for you an example of primary colors used togetherAntique Roses Tiffany Style Table Lamp in a tiffany style lamp.

Secondary ColorsSecondary colors are orange, green and violet (created by mixing primary colors).

An example of secondary colors used together can be seen in this Victorian design tiffany style lamp.Victorian Lighted Base Tiffany Style Table Lamp  

Tertiary ColorsTertiary colors are yellow-orange, red-orange, red-violet, blue violet, blue-green and yellow-green (created by mixing a secondary color with the primary color next to it).

An example of the tertiary colors is displayed in this wisteriaWisteria Design Tiffany Style Table Lamp design tiffany style table lamp.

Now you know the colors. My next post will show you the four common color schemes and how to use them in your home.

60-30-10 Rule

posted by Bonnie @ 7:55 AM
Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Do you know what the 60-30-10 rule means in color selection?

Look at rooms in several designer magazines and note which ones you like. See if you notice this designer technique in most of those you selected.

The overall theme is generally 60% unifying coloration, 30% visual interest and 10% sparkle. Easily remember this formula picturing a man’s suit. The jacket and pants equal 60%, the shirt equals 30%, and the tie adds the 10% spark.

Now in your room, the walls equal the 60% coloration, the upholstery or large furniture pieces the 30% visual interest, and the 10% sparkle could be a tiffany lamp or large floral arrangement.

This particular division of color is appealing to the human eye. I cannot explain it, but it works.

Decorating Ideas for Small Spaces

posted by LampsMakeTheRoom @ 11:56 AM
Thursday, April 8, 2010

Apartments are getting smaller and smaller, and more expensive! The cost to live in the city far outweighs the cost of living in the suburbs or rural areas. Many people are still willing to pay these outrageous costs in order to take advantage of the benefits that come along with living in an urban area.

Museums, restaurants, theater, and shopping are all widely available in large cities like New York City, Chicago, Boston, and Seattle. With so much shopping around it’s not hard to find the perfect items to decorate your apartment. If your apartment is small like so many city apartments are, you may need to be creative with you decorating space. If you need extra lighting, try a couple Tiffany floor lamps. These lamps are perfect for cramped spaces because they won’t take up any valuable floor space.

Low Budget Decorating – Move it, don’t always lose it!

posted by Bonnie @ 5:55 PM
Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Bare bones budgets do not mean you cannot give your home a fresh new look.

Take a look at what you have now and it’s placement in the room. If all the furniture is hugging the walls, try floating some of it out into the room. This will make the room feel less structured.

Take the stacks of books and magazines from the coffee table and put them on the book shelves and into a magazine rack or basket. Remove the afghan or throw from the back of the couch, fold it and place it in a linen closet until you need it. This will open up your space by removing some of the clutter.

Now add some color. A few throw pillows or new curtains, a small tiffany style accent lamp or even a tiffany style floor lamp to accompany the sofa or chair you have pulled from the wall.

Finish it off with scented candles with a seasonal scent. For spring I suggest a fresh linen scent or a mild floral scent.

Take your warm and cozy wall decor down and replace it with something light and bright.

Move back and look at what you accomplished. You have changed the entire look and feel of the room, spending little or none of the budget you have.

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