Chandeliers are a great way to create an elegant focal point in your home. They also provide a lot of light, making them ideal for dining rooms and living areas, but can be used in other rooms too.
You can buy chandeliers from many sources, including lighting stores and showrooms. They can be found in a wide range of finishes, styles and sizes. Some of the more traditional finishes include oil-rubbed bronze and brushed nickel, while wrought iron has become popular with contemporary interior design trends.
If you’re looking for a more modern look, consider LEDs as well as traditional incandescent bulbs. Using LEDs is often more energy-efficient than standard incandescent bulbs, says Conklin.
Choose a fixture that best matches your room’s style and aesthetic, and make sure it will work with your existing wiring, especially if you have to change the bulb style. It’s also a good idea to have a professional install the fixture for you, especially if you don’t have any electrical installation experience.
The most common lighting source for a chandelier is an incandescent light bulb, but some designs are equipped with fluorescent lamps or LEDs. These can be a cost-effective alternative to incandescents, but they do use more electricity than incandescents and can cause problems with the bulbs burning out prematurely.
Crystal chandeliers are timeless classics, and you can find them in almost any style of home décor. Formerly found exclusively in formal settings, they can now add an heirloom quality or quirky contrast to your decor.
Rather than buying a ready-made chandelier, consider repurposing a vintage piece. Cindy Gear, owner of the Wauwatosa ReStore, has done scores of upcycling projects, and she’s a huge fan of repurposed fixtures.
She recommends taking an old chandelier and refinishing it with Chalk Paint or a jute treatment to give it a shabby-chic touch. She’s also a fan of using old chandeliers outdoors, either hanging them from a tree or pergola or perching them on a stone pillar.
Another option is to replace the fixture’s bulbs with tapered or pillar candles and hang them from a tree, pergola or gazebo. This will give your outdoor space a more cozy, inviting feel.
The best thing about repurposing an old chandelier is that it doesn’t require any special skills to do, and you can often find a lot of interesting pieces at thrift shops and garage sales. She suggests going to local antique or furniture stores that specialize in salvaged items, such as Chris Prissel and Max Cousineau at Antique Addicts on National Avenue.
When it comes to chandeliers, you have to think about the size of your room and where you want it to be hung. A larger chandelier can be a great addition to a dining room or living room, while a smaller one will work well in a hallway or foyer. You should also check that there is enough room in the ceiling for a chandelier to be safely hung.