The Perfect Chandelier
Modern and Budget-friendly Lighting for An Apartment Bedroom
Have you ever wondered who my blogs are meant for? I’m an event planner and designer, who is also a decor enthusiast. So my blogs often cover myriads of topics, including weddings, birthday parties, event decor and also interior decor. I love the simplicity of life and enjoy living it by taking pleasure in the most meaningful and beautiful details in it. So, I often focus on the lifestyle blog aspect as well. Who are they for? They are meant for you - whether you are single, newly engaged, newlyweds, married couples, and couples with children and family. If you like entertaining, home decor, events, and lifestyle posts, you're at the right place.
Whatever your relationship status maybe, home-decor - big or small - plays a role in every stage. If the topic of this post didn’t already give it away, let me restate: this specific blog is focused on lifestyle and home-decor. On your home decor journey, good lighting will be key for every room in a home. Now, if it can be charming as it is functional, all the merrier.
Some people look for a beautiful place. Others make a place beautiful.” - Ahazrat Inayatkhan
Aside from adding light to your room, ceiling lights, pendants, and flush mounts can show off your style and make a design statement. Whatever your options maybe, a house or a rental, it can be styled beautifully. Apartments should get the same amount of love and decor enthusiasm as any other home, because home is where our hearts are and where we are the best and worst versions of ourselves. When changing up small details or bringing those finishing touches to your home decor, lighting fixtures will help enhance the mood of a space - big time!
Your first year of marriage will most definitely involve some home decorating, whether it’s investing in your first mattress, your first sofa, or some most-needed kitchen essentials. Now that I was done with the major pieces, it was time to focus on the smaller details that can create a bigger impact. For quite some time I’ve been thinking about making use of the electrical outlet in the second bedroom ceiling. As a newly-wed myself, insisting on financing the decorating of our first home, I was in a position to look for things that are not only functional and appealing, but also budget-friendly. I didn’t want an expensive chandelier, but something affordable, charming, and fitting for the existing modern and chic look of the second bedroom.
The moment we spotted this light fixture in Ikea, I thought of the existing painting in the bedroom. There’s a chrome sunburst effect in the abstract wall art which go in tandem with the design of the ceiling lamp. Look closely and you’ll see as if the artist who created the strokes on the painting has also designed the shapes within this lamp - or so it seems. Although the silver and white option, available in this lamp, would’ve been a safe choice to match up with the rest of the silver in the room, the copper and chrome finish glistens and pulls from the brown touches around the space. It works out perfectly.
Fun and Inviting
We wanted something fun and inviting, so it draws some attention to the piece while still allowing the rest of the room to shine. This chandelier is quite modern... almost has a futuristic form. “Totally has a sci-fi feel to it” I thought. But the important thing was that its modern aesthetic would add so much to the bedroom decor and style. With our strong love for science fiction movies, it was no surprise that my husband and I were both drawn to this ceiling lamp. But, I had no idea until months later that the lamp was actually inspired by science fiction and the design was a winner of the international design competition Red Dot Award. Huh...who knew! As a married couple, you probably want to incorporate home decor styles that speak to both of you or those sharing the space with you, so it reflects a sense of combined style while also being functional.
Variant Shape and Intensity of the light and Shape
The fun features and details of this lamp also confirmed it as the right choice for this bedroom. This Ikea light fixture is pretty flexible, or should I say versatile? What do I mean by that? To fit your lighting needs, you can make the chandelier smaller and simpler or you can make it larger and more dimensional, by either shutting it close or pulling it open. With a simple pull of the strings, you can play with the shape and intensity of the light. The height is also flexible. You can pull it up closer to the ceiling or hang it lower depending on the look you desire. I pulled mine very close to the ceiling and purchased the medium size.
Piece of Cake Installation
Installation was pretty easy, and since our apartment ceiling was already wired, fitting the electrical fixture was a quick fix for the two of us. Hubs and I are both comfortable with fitting electrical fixtures, but he’s definitely better at it. One time, I did a surprise living-room makeover for my parents and added a chandelier. I was able to quickly install it myself following the direction it came with. However, this one didn’t come with exact direction on the wiring, but my husband was able to quickly figure out which wire was the earth <-- very important!
A home is not mere transient shelter. It’s essence lies in personalities of the people who live in it” - HL Mencken
When shopping for chandeliers or ceiling lamps, remember to not only look for something you like but something that also fits the design aesthetic of the space. When there are multiple people living in a house, I believe the common areas should reflect the life of all those living in the home. That’s what gives it personality, making a house into a home. If you’re financing the decor, it’s probably easier to grab everything you like without a second thought. But when there are two or more people living in a household, it’s important to be mindful and take into consideration the needs of those sharing a space, so it represents them and creates a sense of familiarity. Like the saying goes “The needs of the many out-ways the needs of the few” ← My husband will be so proud of this quote. If you don’t understand the reference, you've just disappointed my husband. But it’s okay. I'm the one who has to live with a StarTrek nerd.
Thank you so much for being here, and here is to styling with a dash of panache! Happy decorating, my people.
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