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Oversized Fixtures: A 2016 Lighting Trend

fs-f29879snch.jpgIt used to be an unspoken rule that the fixtures and decorative accents in your home had to be proportional to the size of the area, otherwise everything would look off balance. Now, in 2016, it is a trend to do just the opposite! Oversized fixtures that make a bold statement is the latest craze and can be utilized in any room that you desire. Making a design declaration is the new way to ground a room and pull the overall scheme together. It is understandable to be nervous about this trend, as it is so different from what we know, but we have tips to help you accomplish the look.

Large Chandeliers vs. Pendants

Chandeliers tend to work best in open spaces, like your entryway, hallway or an open concept room. They can add a spa-like ambiance to a bathroom as well, but not if the space is cramped. Two-tier chandeliers are elegant, eye-catching and the perfect way to pull off the oversized trend. Feiss Lighting has a beautiful nine-light two-tier chandelier in satin nickel with chrome accents that would complement any existing décor.

Large pendants are a better counterpart to spaces like your kitchen or dining area. You can have multiple hanging throughout or one in the center of the room, whichever works best for your space. A real attention grabber is the Alexandria pendant from Quoizel. The dangling glass accents shine against a Palladian bronze finish.

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How to Use String Lighting

The summer months are a popular time for outdoor barbecues and relaxed, indoor dinner parties on cool evenings. Do you have the proper lighting to create the atmosphere you want in your indoor or outdoor living space? You may have plenty of fixtures installed, but too much light or not enough can impact your ambiance. If you love DIY projects, hanging your own string lighting is a fun and stylish way to create soft lighting.

Available Styles of String Lighting

string15_e12_white-g16ktAt Connecticut Lighting Centers, we carry American Lighting string lighting in a variety of different lengths and bulb styles. For a simple look, there are LED bulbs on black string available. Not only will your lighting be stylish, but you will save on energy costs with LED! If you’re looking to make a bolder statement, American Lighting string lighting also comes with marble-etched or vintage Edison bulbs. Additionally, if you don’t like the look of fully exposed bulbs on string, Candelabra sockets offer a more refined appearance.

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Lighting Trends of 2016

Spring is the perfect time for a lighting upgrade; no more snow from winter and the heat of summer is still months away. Trends come and go all the time, but we can see some of the ones forecasted for 2016 getting big! They can also be accomplished easily with our products. We outline five of them below.

Cabinet Lighting

kichler_cabinetAfter slowly gaining popularity over the past several years, cabinet lighting is finally a must-have feature. Particularly useful in the kitchen, under-cabinet lighting provides the appropriate amount of light needed while performing tasks or entertaining. A major benefit of under-cabinet lighting is the saved counter space. A hardwired system can replace the table lamps you were previously using for extra light. At Connecticut Lighting Centers, we are a preferred dealer of Legrand™ and Kichler™ cabinet lighting products.

Artisanal Pieces

These fixtures combine unique craftsmanship with both vintage and modern undertones to create a traditional style. Artisanal accents are a huge ongoing trend in lighting right now, with consumers becoming even more appreciative of companies that promote social and environmental responsibility. We are proud to carry one of the brands at the forefront of this movement: Hubbardton Forge™. Hand-blown artisanal glass has been a main feature for the company as they bring new fixtures to market.

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Keep Your Living Space Bright This Fall with Quoizel

To celebrate the changing seasons, Connecticut Lighting Center is having a store wide Fall Celebration Sale with a special focus on top brand Quoizel. There’s many things to love about fall, especially when it comes to home décor. It is more important than ever to keep rooms feeling open and bright as the cold weather approaches and keeps our windows closed and curtains drawn. One of the best interior design secrets is to utilize mirrors throughout your home. While mirrors are traditionally used for functionality in the bathrooms and bedrooms, a well-placed mirror in other parts of the home can serve a variety of benefits.

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