It's all in the details, as they say. And you'd be surprised how something small can have a really big effect on a room. Lighting is that way; changing out a light fixture can breathe new life into an old space. But I think we can go even more micro here. You don't need to change out your fixture, just update something about it. Here are three ideas.
Switch out the bulbs.
If your chandelier has exposed bulbs, consider swapping out whatever you have–Edison bulbs, round bulbs or those flame-shaped ones–for a totally new shape. Lindsay of The White Buffalo Styling Company used modern round bulbs (above) to play off the curvy but traditional lines of her oversized chandelier.
Give it a coat of spray paint.
Tape off the cord and sockets and go to town with a vibrant shade. Katie of Mountain Modern Life took this chandelier from gold to bold with a can of green spray paint.
Wrap it in rope.
A rustic, nautical look is only a hank of rope away. Jordin of the I Love That! blog, inspired by at Anthropologie and Restoration Hardware, wrapped her old dining room light fixture with a length of jute cord for an easy makeover.