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Home Design: Lighten Up!

How to use lighting as a decoration inside (or outside) your home

Light Options offers fashionable lighting with a focus on modern elegance and luxurious details. (Photo provided)

Lighting is an important aspect of a home, adding both brightness and elegance.

Sandie Vlach, co-owner of Sunshine Lighting, a lighting retailer located in St. Charles, says transitional and contemporary lighting styles have been increasingly popular with her customers this year. 

“We are seeing a lot of changes in the finish of fixtures,” says Vlach, who owns the business with her husband, Tom. “We are moving away from brass, and customers are buying fixtures in oil-rubbed bronze and polished nickel.”

Vlach says homeowners need to look at the type of furniture in the room, the colors in the room and the function of the room to get ideas as to which types of lighting they will need to buy. The size of the room and the height of the ceiling also are very important considerations.

“The trick is selecting a fixture that’s not too big but not too small,” she says.

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