Be they crystals, candlesticks, or custom iron, Chandeliers are perfect statement pieces that illuminate as well as accentuate any room in your home. The beauty behind these fixtures is that they come in bountiful designs, styles, and sizes and can fit into any type of decor.
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Be they crystals, candlesticks, or custom iron, Chandeliers are perfect statement pieces that illuminate as well as accentuate any room in your home. The beauty behind these fixtures is that they come in bountiful designs, styles, and sizes and can fit into any type of decor. Considered by many as “Jewelry for the Home,” Chandeliers old-fashioned and newfangled can be incorporated into the most traditional or contemporary homes. However, much like jewelry, one must take into consideration personal decor and surrounding elements so that their purpose is fulfilled and their beauty magnified. In the pursuit to be enlightened about these fancy fixtures, Brett King, owner of CHANDELIER in Encinitas, gave me some crystal clear advice for this months Decor Dialogue on Fine Lighting.
Like the arms of a chandelier, Brett King provided me with eight elegant ways to incorporate them into your home:
1) It is important to consider the purpose of the Chandelier. Are you using it for light or for decoration? Larger Chandeliers with more arms will provide more light and be more of a focal point for the room. Wall sconces may provide ample light as well and can be used to frame a certain area.
2) At CHANDELIER, we suggest blending “old and new” for a very custom look. It is chic to mix and match so that your chandelier doesn’t compete with other furniture in your room or blend too much.
3) Ceiling height is another factor in purchasing a chandelier. For example, in your entryway, you may want to consider a larger piece, as furniture will be at a minimum, and it will serve as a focal point for the space. Your great room, dining room and master bedroom are a few other rooms that may call for a larger piece as well.
4) Chandeliers may take on many different personalities and can be customized to your hearts content. A combination of hand forged iron with candlesticks, lanterns for your front entry, and crystal wall sconces for your powder room exhibit just a few elements of fine lighting decor.
5) Although simple in most cases, re-wiring or incorporating additional electrical configurations may be necessary for your chandelier. As a sophisticated substitute, stand-up and table lamps in all shapes, sizes, and shades are bright options.
6) Consider your table. Over a long, narrow table, an elongated, center mounted fixture or two or three aligned smaller fixtures may be best. Round tables work great with round-style fixtures.
7) Chandeliers are best hung at about 7 feet-6 inches in open space and at just above standing eye level over a table, and each light fixture should be on a separate dimmer.
8) Above all, remember that light fixtures are a focal point, and so you should go with what you really love.
Interview by Melissa Williams
Images provided by Brett King, owner CHANDELIER