Lighting is one of the key elements in the design of any room, but it should also be one of the least obvious. Fortunately, concealed lighting is not only affordable and simple to install, but there is also such a wide variety of colors, styles and types available that even the most [...]
Chandeliers - Effusively Illuminating Your Home
A Chandelier - Exquisite, Elegant and Affordable - Adding Beauty to Your Home
Chandeliers are simply one of the most glamorous features or centerpieces you can have in your house or place of work - and in more than just one room. When you discover the great variety of simply beautiful yet practical products, you may consider that to have an appropriate chandelier will complement not just your main reception room or entrance hall, but many other rooms of your home and create a perfect light setting and ambiance throughout. So let's have a brief look at the varieties that are available.
Many of us call to mind the spectacular crystal chandeliers from scenes such as in the 'Phantom of the Opera' and the traditional Hollywood ballroom variety. Of course smaller versions are available and in a huge array of contemporary and traditional designs. They can be made from a range of materials including wrought iron, brass, crystal, gold plated, or clear. Many companies make the crystals in brilliant colors and different shades of red, pink, mauve, - well just about every color.
One of the most popular designs are the antler chandelier which combines the natural beauty and splendor of the different deer species: the stag, the moose, the elk's shed antlers. Repro antlers are a cheaper option and as good-looking as the real thing. Repros tend to lower the secretly raised eyelids, if you let your friends and guests know that.
The chandelier comes in an infinite variety of styles from the candle chandelier, art deco, Italian, 'flush' (to the ceiling), rustic, matching with wall sconces, and stairwell designs which look like a spiral, to mention just a few. Once you start looking at what is available you will be stunned. In the contempory designs you can find stalactites, spiders webs, DNA strings, sprays, flower designs and so many more that you couldn't imagine. Traditional styles are made by most manufacturers who are to be found on-line and these may come from Czechoslovakia, Bohemia, the extraordinary Murano chandelier with glass from Venice and from many other countries.
Building the perfect chandelier for you
Many manufacturers will build their chandeliers to your exact specification. Care needs to be taken when you go down this route as, if you decide when it arrives, it's not what you wanted, or is too large, the manufacturer will be unable to take it back. Only if they have built the item incorrectly and not according to your specification will they accept a return. If there is damage in transit, they will request a photograph of the damage so that the part can be replaced. Bear in mind that there are considerable shipping costs if you buy on-line. But, in order to have a chandelier that is exactly what you want, you are more likely to find it from one of these specialized sites than from the local lighting store. Having said that, some of these local retailers will do the ordering for you from a manufacturer that they do business with and this may be quite convenient. These are some of the largest and most efficient online chandelier and lighting companies that
LampsPlus.com for crystal and most chandeliers with metal and/or glass construction.
Black Forest Decor is excellent for antler chandeliers and rustic lighting.
Every Chandelier from the CSN Lighting Group for most types of chandelier (not for antler products). This has an excellent search feature to help find your precise requirements.
Illuminating Garden and Patio Areas
An outdoor chandelier can transform your garden space creating instant glamour and style. Bringing interior design into your outside space can often add an extra living space to your home and has never been so popular. Make a statement on the patio or in the gazebo with [...]
Chandeliers have always been an interesting way to bring light to a room. They have added style and grandeur to many stately rooms and have graced many dancing halls and conference rooms over time. In the days when many wagons went on a wagon trail to tame the Wild West, the wagon wheel chandelier was [...]