A brass chandelier and accents add modern sophistication to this elegant bedroom.If you follow along with me on Instagram, I mentioned the other day that I recently bought chandelier shades for our master bedroom light fixture to give it some new life and an update. Last year, when we gave this room a makeover, we updated the paint, lighting and bedding. I love to find ways to bring change and update our home, and I also happen to have an obsession with lighting, and finding ways to update without spending a fortune. Today, I’m sharing three simple tips to customize your light fixtures.
A pale blue, brass and grey color palette is serene and relaxing for a master bedroom retreat.Above is a shot from our makeover last year featuring our Spring/Summer bedding (which will be making a reappearance very soon!) –  you can read more about it here. I went from a more traditional chandelier to this modern, streamlined one. I love anything brass and I was thrilled when I found it. As time went on, I found it needed something extra to give it a little sophistication. I wanted to add a more tailored look to this fixture, and new shades are such an easy way to customize a light like this. Even swapping out old shades for new ones on any chandelier will easily and inexpensively give you a whole new look.A brass chandelier and accents add modern sophistication to this elegant bedroom.I’m also seriously thinking of removing our drapes and installing roman blinds, to make the room feel bigger and brighter – it’s a tight space in here and we can use as much ‘visual’ space as possible.A brass chandelier and accents add modern sophistication to this elegant bedroom.What do you think of the new addition? Do you prefer it this way or the previous look? What I love about it is, for less than $50 it’s transformed into a much more elegant look, and even though it’s a small change, it elevates the over look and feel.


A two-toned brass and black lantern is the perfect addition to an entryway or hallway. Do you recognize this light fixture? It was in our kitchen and we just recently moved it into our entrance.
A two-toned brass and black lantern is the perfect addition to an entryway or hallway.We’ve had this fixture since we moved into our home and I love it now, as much as I loved it then. Originally, it was not a two-toned color. A few years ago I decided I wanted a brass fixture but didn’t want to invest the money at the time, and I still really loved this light. So, instead, I bought a bottle of acrylic paint, grabbed a brush, and climbed on top of the island to give it a fresh coat of paint.
A two-toned brass and black lantern is the perfect addition to an entryway or hallway.Below is our light from it’s previous life. Our kitchen has gone through some changes too, if you’ve never seen them before, you can see them here. And there are more coming! I’ll be sharing the new lights (I told you I love to update them!) very soon!
This fixture is perfect in our foyer – it’s much better than what we had previously, which was a vintage piece. I loved it, but it was time to change!A two-toned brass and black lantern is the perfect addition to an entryway or hallway.Below is the previous light, from last month’s post about styling my console table. By the way, if you read the post, as you can see, right now this table is styled with a mix of the different looks I was trying to decide on! Read all about these looks here. The kitchen light is SO much better here, don’t you think?ONE TABLE FOR WAYS : Shop your own home to create unique and new styling displays | BLUE AND WHITE| GINGER JAR | WOOD CONSOLE TABLE | STARBURST MIRROR | ENTRYWAY | FOYER | BLACK WALLS | BLACK DOORSSometimes subtle changes make a really big difference.
A two-toned brass and black lantern is the perfect addition to an entryway or hallway. Open concept dining room and foyer with elegant, transom architectural detail.

Below, I’ve linked to this fixture in the original color and the paint supplies. It took a few coats of paint over a day or two, to get it to the opacity I wanted, without using primer. It was so easy and quick and I have a completely custom looking light fixture.


A lantern style chandelier gets an elegant update with the addition of white chandelier shades.Speaking of subtle changes, you guessed it, I added new shades to this chandelier too. That’s right, the same shades as the bedroom also bring this fixture up a few notches.A lantern style chandelier gets an elegant update with the addition of white chandelier shades.I’ve been thinking about doing this for a while now, and while I love it as it was (shown below) from my Spring dining room post – read more about it here – I’m loving this new and fresh, tailored look. The best part is, if I get tired of them, I can just remove them. Or even add black ones for a rich and moody feeling.Spring decor - a fresh mix of blue and white pattern and texture is perfect for the season.I think they make a really big difference and help this fixture look more complete.A lantern style chandelier gets an elegant update with the addition of white chandelier shades.

Did you ever get the chance to see my home last Christmas? In the photo below, I simply draped some crystals that I had removed from an old fixture, for some added glam factor for the holiday season. It’s so easy! You can find these anywhere – vintage stores, online, hardware stores…it’s a fun way to add a little bling. I’ve linked to some below that you can add to one of your lights!Adding crystals to a modern, lantern style pendant brings chic glam to any space.


Tell me what you think! Do you have any light fixtures that you can customize to create a different look? Don’t be afraid to try something different to create something that’s unique and personal to you! Thank you, as always for taking the time to read, I hope you’ve found a new project for yourself!

PIN THIS IMAGE BELOW!These 3 easy tips can transform your ordinary lights to something unique and spectacular!

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  1. Chelsea
    April 5, 2017 at 9:54 AM (5 years ago)

    WOW! Amazing how small changes can make such a huge difference.
    BTW love your instagram feed. Your so talented.

    keep it coming!

  2. tamaraanka
    April 5, 2017 at 9:57 AM (5 years ago)

    Thank you Chelsea! That means a lot to me! So happy you like everything! Thanks for stopping by to say hello :)

  3. Yanika
    April 5, 2017 at 10:01 AM (5 years ago)

    Your vision never ceases to amaze me, such a simple update and such a big impact.

    Love it!

  4. tamaraanka
    April 5, 2017 at 10:04 AM (5 years ago)

    Thanks so much Yanika! I’m so thrilled and always appreciate such kind comments! Thank you for taking the time to read today!

  5. Sandra
    April 5, 2017 at 10:09 AM (5 years ago)

    So clever!! Now you have me thinking….!

  6. tamaraanka
    April 5, 2017 at 10:16 AM (5 years ago)

    Haha thank you Sandra! I love that your wheels are always turning like mine!! Thanks as always for stopping by today!! xo

  7. Kelley Nan
    April 5, 2017 at 10:32 AM (5 years ago)

    Tam, such clever updates! I so want to see what it would look like if you add black shades in your dining room one day! And, I am SO PUMPED about your new lights!

  8. tamaraanka
    April 5, 2017 at 10:35 AM (5 years ago)

    Kel thank you SO much!! You know I’m always looking to upgrade something lol! Wouldn’t the black be super cool?! So happy you like this!! xoxo

  9. Tracey
    April 5, 2017 at 11:27 AM (5 years ago)

    I love all the gold and the straight lines in the chandeliers tam…all the shades made me look twice and wonder if you bought new chandeliers!! Fantastic. And the black would be exquisite in the dining room with the walls. Love it all!!!

  10. tamaraanka
    April 5, 2017 at 11:32 AM (5 years ago)

    Trace thanks so much! I knew you’d love these! So fun to change things up!! Thanks for reading! xo

  11. Terry
    April 5, 2017 at 12:12 PM (5 years ago)

    Looks great Tam !!
    Little changes even subtle ones are always classy, clean and elegant.
    Like you

  12. tamaraanka
    April 5, 2017 at 12:20 PM (5 years ago)

    Aw Thanks Ter!! Love you! I’m so happy you like them! xoxo

  13. Summer Adams
    April 5, 2017 at 1:53 PM (5 years ago)

    Oh my goodness Tamara!!!! You have such a good eye and everything you do is beautiful. But just simply adding those shades to your light in your bedroom was brilliant! Just when I thought I couldn’t love it more, I do! The entry was a fabulous switch… I love it. Loved it before but love it even more now. And I love the dining room both ways, I love how unique and different you made it with the shades. Brilliant! You know I’m partial to the chandelier prisms though… I have to get some of those! You are so talented my friend. Xoxo

  14. tamaraanka
    April 5, 2017 at 2:01 PM (5 years ago)

    Summer you are so sweet!! Thank you! I know you’re a glam girl and love that bling lol!! They’re great to add on where you don’t have them! Thanks of stopping by, I always appreciate your comments and support, it means so much to me!! Muah! xoxo

  15. Sandy
    April 5, 2017 at 2:16 PM (5 years ago)

    I finally had to post how much I adore your blog. Your style is impeccable. You have so much talent I look forward to each post you make, every week I get so excited when a new one comes up. Keep up doing such an amazing job… thanks Sandy

  16. tamaraanka
    April 5, 2017 at 2:42 PM (5 years ago)

    Sandy thank you so much! I’m so flattered and thrilled that you love my blog! I always appreciate hearing from my readers and I can’t tell you hoe much it means to me that you find inspiration here! Thank you!! xoxo

  17. Natalie
    April 5, 2017 at 7:33 PM (5 years ago)

    They look amazing Tam! Great ideas… now I have an itch to update all my lights! :)

  18. tamaraanka
    April 5, 2017 at 7:41 PM (5 years ago)

    Thank you Leigh!! Easy peasy! I say go for it ;) The best part is you can change back after! xo

  19. Life On Hill Street
    April 6, 2017 at 4:15 PM (5 years ago)

    Fun post idea! And I am obsessed with your dining room lantern, it looks great with or without shades :)

  20. tamaraanka
    April 6, 2017 at 8:24 PM (5 years ago)

    Thank you so much!! I am so happy to hear that! I loved it before but I love it even more now!! Thanks for stopping by!!

  21. Jessica
    June 12, 2017 at 2:05 PM (4 years ago)

    Hi! Just found your blog and LOVE the light! What size did you purchase?

  22. tamaraanka
    June 14, 2017 at 10:24 AM (4 years ago)

    Hi Jessica! We purchased the largest size, 30 x 24″…thanks for you kind words! xo

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