DS Tip Of The Week: Chandeliers as a focal point, and how to hang them properly

When it comes to design, we often stick with what we know. Chandeliers as we traditionally know them are a necessity in dining rooms for most of the lighting. However, you don’t have to stop at this room alone. Chandeliers can also be a great focal point in living rooms, master bedrooms and bathrooms.

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This week’s Decorating Solutions Tip of the Week comes from Interior Designer Patti Stindt. Patti works at our beautiful new Madison East store, one of only 2 stores currently to have our beautiful new selection of chandeliers on display!

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Patti explains how versatile chandeliers can be. “Chandeliers give us an opportunity to create a beautiful focal point in spaces besides the dining room. Gone are the days of your ordinary light fixture that only provides us light. There are hundreds of options in many different styles that can make a statement in your room. Think of a chandelier as the piece of jewelry that pulls your whole outfit together!”

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Ooooh.. Jewelry! That’s a fun comparison.

There are some logistical issues to consider as well. Patti adds, “When choosing a chandelier, consider style of the space, how much light is needed for the space, and the scale of the light fixture compared to area it is suspended above. Typically we multiply the square footage by 1.5 to get the wattage needed for the room. Also, if it is hung above a dining room table, the bottom of the chandelier should be hung between 30-36″ above the table top. Lastly, put these fixtures on dimmers to create mood lighting!”

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Thanks for explaining that Patti! Our designers are hard at work on many more insightful tips for you. Check in next Monday for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

DS Tip of the Week: Adding Height to a Room

In a world of sofas, coffee tables, console tables, and beautiful accent rugs–it’s easy to forget the need to bring your eye “up” in a room.  Remember, interior design is all about creating even balance in a room.

The designers on Steinhafels’ Decorating Solutions team are experts at utilizing a space to its fullest.  You can speak to a designer at any of our furniture stores.

In the meantime, there are some simple ways you can add height to a space on your own.  This week’s tip comes from Vernon Hills interior designer Michelle Micolta.

Michelle explains, “People often forget that aside from throwing up some artwork, there are other ways to add height to your room.  Combining tall pieces with artwork on walls is the best way to bring your eye up.  You can use bookcases or etageres, a faux tree, a grandfather clock…even room dividers!  Adding tall pieces to a room evens out the bare feeling that comes with crown molding details, window treatments, and ceiling fixtures.”

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So go ahead–take your space to the next “level”!  Check out our #DSTipOfTheWeek each Monday on our blog.  Our blog also includes various stories and articles about current design trends, and the role furniture plays in our lives.

DS Tip of The Week: The Awesome Ottoman

Need a change in your home design?  Are you having designer’s block?  It’s time for another Steinhafels’ “Decorating Solutions” Tip of the Week!

You may think of an ottoman simply as a boring, cumbersome storage unit in your living room, family room, or game room.  If you do, you are greatly underestimating the power of your awesome ottoman!!

Here’s a tip from Interior Designer Aaron Keller.  Aaron works in our Menomonee Falls store.

“Ottomans are a great way to pop up the center of a room.  An ottoman has multiple functions: Put your feet up to watch TV, take a seat and relax, or put a tray on it and use it as a coffee table.  They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, with fabric or leather options.”

Check out some stylish and simple examples below!

Our designers are hard at work on many more quick and easy design tips for you.  Check in next Monday for another #DSTipOfTheWeek!

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