Downsized Shelf Parts

Downsizing: Making Big Inspiration Doable

Zach Ham



Downsizing. This is something that is typically done when the last kid is off to college never to return again. However in the lighting and design world we are often faced with the challenge of downsizing big inspiration into a size appropriate DIY projects. Recently we have been on the road at various trade shows across the country. If you saw us at the NY Now Winter Market, you may have seen this stunning and dramatic custom fixture hanging 14 feet above our booth.Color Cord Company Custom FixtureThis stunner is a hand made creation from Color Cord Custom. The custom 9-port canopy is made from a white washed ash wood and is trimmed with a blackened steel band. This fixture was designed with our newest shade offerings in mind, the Petite and Tall fabric shades, and to a be a large and dramatic cluster that gives of soft diffused light. Since white and gray were our shade colors, our fabric wire colors of choice were Gray Tweed, White & Gray Dot and Yellow Gold. These colors together make for a bold and textural light fixture. This absurdly tall fixture may not be practical to hang in your entry way or hang over your dining room table - unless your dining room table happens to be in the Taj Mahal or a Las Vegas casino. 

Multiple Port Canopy Light Fixtures
It is absolutely possible to make a smaller more manageable version inspired by a large and extravagant light fixture. With Color Cord Company standard parts and some creative thinking you can achieve a downsized fixture for your home. And the results are just as spectacular as the original!


Our 5-port ceiling canopy is a great foundation for a bold light fixture. Five individual lights is not too far off from nine, but is far more suitable for your dining room. The cluster of shades was reduced to 5, but still has the same large appearance as our inspiration fixture.  Wiring the fixture is totally achievable for those who are DIY inclined, otherwise a certified electrician would be more than happy to assemble the fixture for you! Each of our pendants measured 6' in over all length (not including the shade).

The large knots seen in both fixtures are an easy way to bring some drama to your fixture.  By simply gathering all pendants and tying them in a simple overhand knot, you too can replicate this look. 

5-Port Canopy Light Fixture

We used the following components for our downsized fixture:

Components to make Multiple Port Canopy Light Fixture
Big inspiration can lead to stunning home-sized projects. Don't be afraid to let your imagination run wild. The most elaborate projects can be downsized to fit your space with off the shelf parts. If you have taken big inspiration and downsized it to work for your space, let us know! We love to see how you use Color Cord Company products and how they light your world.
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