How to Use Shabby Chic Chandeliers

Chandeliers are beautiful lighting fixtures that can be used in almost any room because they come in so many different styles. Finding the right fixture for a room's decor is the trickiest part, but it does not have to be difficult. Many rooms today are done in a shabby chic style, and lend themselves perfectly to a special type of chandelier that you can purchase or you can make yourself.

One of the most fun aspects of a shabby chic chandelier is that it can really reflect who you are and how you view decorating and design. Because you can choose a basic chandelier and make it fit the shabby chic design, or you can make one almost from scratch, your design can be all about you and your sense of style.

If you plan on putting a chandelier in because you need the extra lighting, then you'll want to shop for the basic fixture carefully to be sure it will offer enough light. You do not want to put time in on decorating a fixture only to hang it and find that you did not get enough light from it. If you're doing it primarily for the decor then this is obviously less an issue, but you'll still want one that offers the amount of light you want when you choose to use it.

For shabby chic chandeliers, the more interesting the shape, the better, so look for quirky and unusual. If you're making it completely on your own, you can find almost anything you like and wire it for light with a kit. If you're starting with something ready-made, then you'll be a little bit more limited as to the shape and style, but you can add enough elements to make it unique and shabby chic.

A chandelier that has little lampshades surrounding each light is easy to switch up to something more interesting by using a fabric of your choice on the light shades. Using different fabric for each one is a good option. You can paint the fixture and sand it in spots to give it a worn look, which is perfect in this style of decorating. And do not forget that hanging small objects from the fixture is what will set it apart. Use brightly colored gems, little novelty items, costume jewelry, feathers or whatever else fits your room's decor and you'll end up with a perfectly unique and interesting lighting fixture.