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What's Statement Lighting?
We don’t want to belabor the obvious, so we’re going to answer this one up front. Statement lighting is <a title="Lighting" href="http://www.atgstores.com/lighting_1122.html" target="_blank">lighting</a> that makes a statement. The real question is: How does a lighting fixture qualify?
Making a statement is a very subjective proposition. A paramour makes a statement with the wink of an eye and a journalist makes a statement with headline news, but how does X lighting fixture make a statement while Y lighting fixture hangs silent?
<strong>Go Eclectic: </strong>One of the easiest ways to make a statement is to deviate from a room’s overarching style scheme. This can be overt or subtle – a style “statement” falls along a spectrum and doesn’t always have to be the equivalent of shouting into someone’s ear. For example, a <a title="Crystal Chandeliers" href="http://www.atgstores.com/crystal-chandelier-traditional-chandeliers_89_s143_oa0162361.html" target="_blank">traditional crystal chandelier</a> in a contemporary space can stand out while also drawing the room together.
[caption id="attachment_19175" align="aligncenter" width="192"]<a title="Crystorama Crystal Chandeliers" href="http://www.atgstores.com/chandeliers/crystorama-lighting-5266-10-light-mercer-chandelier_g671972.html?linkloc=cataLogProductItemsImage&linkloc=reCanonical" rel="attachment wp-att-19175" target="_blank"><img class=" wp-image-19175 " title="Crystal Chandelier" src="http://ourblog.atgstores.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/8_5266_EB_CL_MWP_DINING-300x300.jpg" alt="Crystal Chandeliers" width="192" height="192" /></a> Razzle dazzle![/caption]
<strong>Go Big: </strong>There are certain rules of thumb when it comes to sizing a chandelier (namely, add the width and length of a room in feet to get the ideal chandelier diameter in inches) and another way to make a statement is to break that rule like a true outlaw. Keep in mind, however, that there’s only one way to break this rule, and that’s by going bigger. Getting a chandelier that’s too small is less of a statement and more of a mistake.
[caption id="attachment_19180" align="aligncenter" width="192"]<a href="http://www.atgstores.com/chandeliers/hubbardton-forge-10-3285-8-light-new-town-large-chandelier_g518664.html&linkloc=cataLogProductItemsImage" rel="attachment wp-att-19180" target="_blank"><img class=" wp-image-19180" title="Large Chandelier" src="http://ourblog.atgstores.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/bigchandelier-300x300.jpg" alt="Large Chandeliers" width="192" height="192" /></a> Go big or go home.[/caption]
<strong>Go Funky: </strong>This is a little different than going the eclectic route because it’s … well … a little different. Funky statement lighting – or any kind of lighting statement, for that matter – is not reserved to a specific type of lighting, although “statement lighting” as it’s loosely defined is most commonly the province of chandeliers. But, part of being funky is about subverting definitions and killing stereotypes.
[caption id="attachment_19182" align="aligncenter" width="192"]<a title="Tiffany Lamps" href="http://www.atgstores.com/floor-lamps/warehouse-of-tiffany-fl9268-5-light-leonina-fire-fabric-floor-lamp_g1431361.html?linkloc=cataLogProductItemsImage&linkloc=reCanonical" rel="attachment wp-att-19182" target="_blank"><img class=" wp-image-19182 " title="Tiffany Floor Lamp" src="http://ourblog.atgstores.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/floorlamp1-300x300.jpg" alt="Tiffany Floor Lamps" width="192" height="192" /></a> Die, stereotypes![/caption]
<p style="text-align: left;">But, hold on. If anything goes, then what <em>isn't</em> statement lighting? The answer is any fixture that has more function over form - a no-frills light that gets the job done and attracts the bare minimum of comments is probably not making a statement. Some would even say that any light that doesn't stop people in their tracks is probably not an example of statement lighting, but at some point you have to allow subjectivity and taste to enter the picture.</p>
<p style="text-align: left;">And, that's the point <a title="ATG Stores Homepage" href="http://www.atgstores.com/default.aspx" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> would like to close on: At the end of the day, statement lighting is the kind of lighting that makes a statement to <em>you</em>. Everything else is just noise.</p>