Katrin Abend. Chandelier. October 19th , 2017.
Consumers can find chandeliers with any number of lights, from as few as three to much larger numbers. The light fixtures can be shaped like flowers or any number of other objects and designs. They are made of alabaster, crystal, iron, wood, and glass, just to name a few of the many materials gracing today`s chandeliers. Stained glass, Williamsburg, and even art deco styles are available. It`s really just a matter of your personal style as to what type of chandelier light fixture you purchase. Fancy or simple, there`s so much to choose from.
Chandelier Lighting Fixtures. Chandelier lighting has been around for centuries, even before the middle ages people used them. Back in those days chandeliers were a simple cross of wood with spikes that candles could be stuck to. In fact the name chandelier is French for candlestick. The chandeliers were attached to a pulley by rope so that they could be raised and lowered for lighting the candles. Chandeliers in public buildings sometimes have this same feature, so that they can be lowered for cleaning and replacing burnt out bulbs. When metalwork became affordable for the merchant middle class, chandeliers became made of brass or bronze. These multi armed chandeliers with candles (and later gaslights) are still in use today, although we use electric lights today. Let`s take a look at some of the chandeliers you have to choose from.
There was a time when chandelier light fixtures were thought of as cultured and high class accessories for well-to-do homes. Luxurious ones were, and still are, part of opera houses, exquisite restaurants, hotels, and other establishments. Nowadays, though, you can find a chandelier for almost any room of your home to fit any motif or decorating design. Some of these light fixtures are still adorned with the more traditional hanging crystals, but many others are more simple in style, making use of other materials for lighting and decoration.
Black Chandelier Lighting. Many of the old chandeliers were made of iron but could be very heavy, which wasn`t so much of a problem since houses were built with large central beams that could support the weight. The black iron look can also be imitated with bronze or brass that is weathered chemically, although it doesn`t look exactly the same. A chandelier made of iron can be very contemporary looking, even though it has it`s roots in antiquity. Another option is a chandelier made from black glass crystal. It won`t refract the light like a typical crystal chandelier but it can add a sleek modern look to a room.
Harmonize Metals in the Room. You should also consider the other metals you have in the room when choosing chandelier light fixtures. It`s a good idea to choose finishes that will harmonize together. You`ll find that antique brass and shiny brass don`t look good together. It`s best to avoid mixing shiny silver fixtures with dull pewter metals as well. As long as you keep the metals harmonized, you`ll have a great look in the room.
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