If you are looking to upgrade your home’s interiors, you can never go wrong with chandeliers. This decorative lighting fixture easily conveys style and class, whatever design you might choose.
The use of chandeliers has a long history. Its earliest users were people from the medieval age, fashioning a crude version made of wood and spikes to hold candles. With the advent of the Renaissance came designs which were more complex and ornate. In the 18th century, more complex motifs were made possible with developments in glassmaking. As the popularity of gas lighting reached its peak in the 19th century, most homeowners converted their candle chandeliers to ones that use gas. With the advent of electricity at the tail end of the 19th century, electric-only chandeliers rose in popularity.
If you’re thinking that you have to live in a castle or a big mansion for you to have a chandelier, then you have to think again. The modern incarnation of these lighting fixtures come in an array of styles and materials which will surely match your design preference, whether you are into modernist styles or into more classic, rustic designs. Modern chandeliers come in a variety of finishes and materials including crystal, brass, chrome and gold plated frames.
It used to be that these lighting fixtures were hung on tall ceilings, grand foyers and staircases. Now, modern designers are experimenting with the placement of these lighting fixtures. Because chandeliers can make great accents for a room (as well as conversation pieces), most designers advise homeowners to get creative with their choices.
Some traditional designers have complex rules in choosing the size of chandeliers, saying that the lighting fixtures shouldn’t overwhelm the space where they will be installed. However, some designers feel that the only consideration in choosing the size of the chandelier should be that it won’t pose a risk to family members and guests when hung.
Finally, some designers subscribe to the more is more philosophy. They suggest that since people are inevitably drawn to well-lit spaces, homeowners should choose a chandelier that has a total of bulbs somewhere between 200 and 400 watts. Another school of thought espouses the use of these lighting fixtures less as a lighting source and more as an accent piece.
In the olden times, chandeliers were used as a status symbol for the nobility and wealthy merchants. With many designs and styles available, you can have a great accent piece for your home without paying a steep price tag.