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Don’t Forget Your Shades

A naked light bulb can definitely make a sexy décor statement, but there are those times when you’re going to want to keep things a little more discreet by using a light shade. No matter what type of light fixture it is, chances are fair that there will be an available style that includes – or can include – a shade. Floor lamps and table lamps are often defined by their shades, but many <a title="Chandeliers" href="http://www.atgstores.com/chandeliers_89.html" target="_blank">chandeliers</a>, drums and other pendants also rely on shades to complement their designs. Of course, shades do a lot more than just make lights look pretty. They control the light. They can tell it where to go, how bright it can get and even what color it will be – like a boss! And, that makes you the boss of the boss: the boss of the boss of <em>light</em>. You may as well be wearing a cape. So, what will you do with your shady superpowers? <ol style="list-style-type: none;"> <li><strong>1.       </strong><strong>Sweeten the mood.  </strong></li> </ol> Shades made of colored glass, mica or thinner types of fabric can completely change the color tone of a room. Imagine, the ability to make people feel cheery, romantic, relaxed … all at the flip of a switch. You can dial down the disco by using less powerful light bulbs, using a more opaque shade or by reserving super-colorful shades for rooms with darker paint schemes. Superhero Strength: <em>Mind Control</em> <ol style="list-style-type: none;"> <li><strong>2.      </strong><strong>Shift the focus.  </strong></li> </ol> Shades can direct light in a lot of ways, but what’s really cool is that you can use light and shadow to change the appearance of a room. For example, <a title="Floor Lamps" href="http://www.atgstores.com/torchiereuplight-floor-lamps_94_oa3193995.html?linkloc=catheader&amp;gpid=519221" target="_blank">“uplights” and torchieres</a> splash light upward onto walls and ceilings, while spotlights and sconces can be used to illuminate art or throw architectural features into relief. This can be a great way to draw people’s attention to the most attractive elements of the room. Superhero Strength: <em>Magical Misdirection</em> <ol style="list-style-type: none;"> <li><strong>3.      </strong><strong>Show some class.</strong></li> </ol> A light shade’s most promising gift may be its ability to complement the look of a room. Perhaps it brings a splash of color, an eye-catching pattern or unique shape to the rest of the décor. A classy, chic shade can elevate the design of a space beyond the sum of its parts by adding more dimension and depth, especially when combined with light. Superhero Strength: <em>Magnetic Style</em> <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> hopes you can use these superhuman powers to create more legendary interior design moments.
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