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To size a chandelier for a space, measure the length and width of the room and add those figures together. The sum, converted to inches, will equal the diameter you can use as a guideline when selecting the size of your chandelier.
Oct. 14, 2013 11:21 a.m.

Tip of the Week

Some of the best items in our home are ones from the past. A vintage lamp or flea-market find can add a whole new layer of personality to the greatest space in a living area — your living room.

Rachel Blindauer, a San Francisco-based interior designer, offers some high-style tips that can apply to this most-used room, giving it a professional yet personal look:

• No white walls. This isn’t just an after-Labor Day rule. But if you must go with white paint, make sure you have "enormous art, great architecture and lots of textural natural materials," Blindauer says. She also insists on natural fabrics throughout a room. Select paint colors last.

• Flea, flower power. "Every home should have at least one thing from a flea market," advises Blindauer. Also, fresh flowers, fiddle-leaf fig trees or branches in a vase are "a room’s best accessory." She strives for 50 percent existing or vintage material and 50 percent new in a space.

• Optimize storage. Remember the phrase, "a place for everything and everything in its place" — and stick to it.

• Light it up. Say "yes" to chandeliers, Blindauer says. To size a chandelier for a space, measure the length and width of the room and add those figures together. The sum, converted to inches, will equal the diameter you can use as a guideline when selecting the size of your chandelier. Other focal points in the room should be well-lit by windows, floor lamps, table lamps, task lighting and overhead lighting, set on dimmers.

• Sleepy sofa. Blindauer loves 40-inch-deep sofas, which give enough room for decorative pillows and also for two people to lay down. Don’t forget to dim the lights.

— Amber Krosel, More Content Now

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