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Fashionable and Functionable Chandeliers

Fashionable and functional, chandeliers should be incorporated into the home just as any decorative accessory or object of art would be chosen. You should view this purchase with same enjoyment they would use in buying fine furniture- a beautiful chandelier is an investment that will add to the value of your home. To find the right style chandelier for your home, simply begin with a colour or a material that is predominant in the decor of the room or any dominant furniture pieces or patterns- some Art Nouveau fabric for example would provide an excellent reference point. Next, think about the kind of statement do you wish to make. If the room is more traditional, choose chandeliers with more ornamentation and decorative details. If your home is modern, opt for less ornamentation and simpler details.

Don’t be afraid of a little variation. Mixing of materials and styles within one fixture is now a common design trend. It is not unusual, for example, to find a rustic cast-iron fixture with crystals hanging from it, or different metals and types of glass all incorporated into one fixture. British interiors was wonderfully eclectic these days as homeowners are now very comfortable mixings styles they have seen on T.V. Chandeliers lends themselves neatly to that process. You can look for a chandelier that is inspired by the period reflected in the room you are putting it, but you don’t have to. Many contemporary designs are a blend of traditional elements with modern materials. A popular palette at the minute is glass and alabaster with polished chrome or satin nickel, which makes them work with a variety of styles.

The most modern chandeliers are now feature much more geometric patterns and fit very well into minimalist decor. Add some life to such schemes by choosing coloured glass or crystal; this will really add sparkle and vibrancy to proceedings. Matching the colours to the surrounding fabrics will make the addition seamless, if for example you have dark blue curtains; spread the colour further with some sapphire crystals.

Once you have chosen your chandelier, use the following handy tips to make sure you get the most from it. First things first- light it right. Choosing the correct lightbulbs for your particular chandelier is crucial and often overlooked. Clear bulbs in chandeliers with exposed bulbs, or crystal glass enclosures will enhance sparkle. In chandeliers with linen shades, frosted bulbs cast a pleasing glow and won’t create shadows. Ensure complete control of the mood of your lighting by fitting a dimmer switch. Most of the time, the lighting capability of a chandelier far surpasses what is actually needed, so unless you want to feel like you are being interrogated at every meal, or turn your hallway into a landing zone UFOs, remember to tone down the intensity. Take stock of the weight of your chandelier and if necessary, have extra bracing fitting into your ceiling. Lastly, give it a spring clean now and then. If you aren’t confident doing it yourself, have a professional do it for you- just make sure his name isn’t Trotter!

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