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By Columnist Kathy Peterson - KathyPeterson.com

Editors Note: Don't be afraid to decorate your space, but please be sure to check your rental guidelines before starting any project that requires changes to the landlords property.


Lighting can make or break a room and in most cases, we tend to place light fixtures on table tops, floors and sometimes the wall but letís not forget about the ceiling too!

With todayís hot new looks for overhead lighting, thereís no excuse to brighten up your space with a new, vintage or modern chandelier.

I really like the look and feel of these charming black and white chandeliers.  Even though they resemble traditional style chandeliers, the fresh new spin on design with the basic black and white colors really creates a sassy style that can set the stage for any room.

Okayóso youíre renting and your landlord isnít willing to let you install an overhead lighting fixture yourself because of liability or because theirs no overhead electrical connector.  Or maybe itís because the landlord doesnít want to go out-of-pocket to hire an electrician or handyman.  I could go on and on! But whatever the case may be--- you can certainly work your way around this dilemma!  And itís easier than you might think!


Now this isnít brain surgery or anything new but as a renter, we can sometimes forget to ďlook upĒ and think about creative applications to include overhead lighting that easy to do.


So whatís the solution?  Ceiling hooks!  They come in so many sizes and styles and are a great way to suspend a pre-wired chandelier that you can plug into any wall outlet.  Simply drape the cord and chain from the ceiling to the wall then plug it in!  Wall brackets that are longer in their reach can also be a helpful solution for hanging a small chandelier as well. 


Donít forget your balcony! Itís always nice to have a little extra low wattage lighting on a small balcony.  Lighting up this space can extend the size of the connecting room from the inside to the outside so consider using plant hooks that are especially made for railings.  Simply hang a small chandelier on the hook to shed a little more light.  Youíll be surprised what a little chandelier can do in the most unlikely spaces!    Enjoy!

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Kathy Peterson is a celebrity design/lifestyle expert, national TV host and product developer/licensor. Peterson has made 100+ TV guest appearances on HGTV, DIY Network, PBS, TNN, The Discovery Channel and E-TV. 

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