Form and function are key when selecting lighting for your home. Whether you are buying a table lamp, flush-mounted light, pendant fixture, sconce or chandelier, you should consider how the lighting will coordinate with your home’s style and whether it will illuminate the space properly.
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Many lighting manufacturers specialize in period reproduction lighting; however, for folks who love country style, antique fixtures discovered at shops and shows are hard to resist.
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Michelle and Bob Caruso expertly combine old and new in their cozy North Carolina home. I am not afraid to mix and match new and antique lighting, Michelle says. Here are tips to help you do the same:
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Check for damage. Loose plugs, frayed cords and brittle wires pose a fire hazard on older fixtures. To ensure safety, take fixtures to a professional for rewiring. Similarly, repairing antique glass shades and metalwork should also be done by a lighting expert for the best results.
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Use lamp kits. Craft stores sell lamp kits that can help you transform pottery, crocks and metalwork into lamps. Rather than purchase an antique fixture, simply turn an antique into a lamp.
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