The New Chandeliers, From Victorian to Contemporary and Beyond
Years ago, chandeliers were typically used only in the dining rooms and foyers of luxuriously decorated homes. Today, however, chandelier lighting is popular for just about any room of the house. Chandeliers are excellent for adding drama and style and are now visible in all sorts of homes, from modest cottages to sprawling mansions.
Chandelier lighting is extremely versatile
Chandelier lighting is extremely versatile and can be used in many ways.
Use chandelier lighting to add drama to a kitchen, elegance to a bathroom, or even create a classy look in a walk-in closet. Chandeliers are often used in bedrooms today, to add to the luxury of bedroom d»cor. Mini chandeliers, commonly referred to as "chandelettes," are popular for lending an air of intimacy to smaller rooms or alcoves and some are even used as wall sconces.
Choosing your Chandelier
Many individuals become confused when shopping for a chandelier. They often just don't know where to begin. Fortunately, selecting a chandelier can be easy.
Types of Chandeliers
Victorian - elaborate and ornate many times of stained glass.
Contemporary - Simple design and clean lines.
Gothic - Dark and heavy remonsicent of castle lighting.
Simply select a color or material that stands out in the room you plan to light. Think about the style you are trying to convey. For example, if the room is decorated in a modern style, you'll want to choose a chandelier that is simpler and less ornate. For a more traditional room, you'll want a more elaborate look.
Don't be afraid to ask for help in making your selection. Visit the nearest ALA-member lighting showroom and take along a sketch or photograph of the room on which you are working. A well-trained, knowledgeable lighting consultant will help you make the right choice for your home. And remember, choose quality over cheap prices for lighting that lasts, adding beauty and value to your home for years to come.