It’s only natural that we want our homes to make a statement. The home is where we retire every evening. The home is where we raise our families. The home is where we create memories. If the house is a dilapidated mess, we’re probably not going to be too happy in our day-to-day living.
This is why investing in the aesthetic appeal of your home shouldn’t be viewed as wasteful or unnecessary. Our built environments have an impact on our psyche. Do you want to be happy and feel that you’re living your best life? Beauty and light can help transform the daily doldrums into something of vitality and spirit.
If you’re looking to make some housing updates, might I recommend starting with the lighting. And by lighting, I mean bringing in the sculptural decadence of a chandelier.
The Majesty of the Chandelier
If you are unused to seeing chandeliers in the home setting, they might seem a tad too extravagant, or even dangerous. That makes sense, especially when the only type of chandelier people think of when they hear (or in this case read) the word chandelier is of the big gaudy crystal one that comes crashing down on people’s heads. Thanks, Phantom of the Opera.
Chandeliers come in a variety of styles, and sellers like Lumens have made it a priority to offer home design enthusiasts the latest and greatest in chandelier design. Now that you’re warming up to the idea of trying out something new in your home, let’s look at three chandelier design types that would work well in any type of designed home, be it traditional, modern or contemporary.
The tiered chandelier is most likely what you are most familiar with a chandelier looking like: with its multi-rowed arms, dangling crystals and rotund figure, its design is more formal than not and is typically situated about a long dining room table or in a formal dining hall. Tiered chandeliers don’t come in the Liberace variety anymore. Think gaudy no more!
Today’s style of tiered chandeliers (though still available in all of their crystalized glory) have taken a softer approach to the chandelier as class statement. Adopting the “less is more” approach, lighting design companies like Kichler have stripped down the chandelier and made the focus of its design light and air. By subtracting the flashier elements, lighting design companies have brought choice back to you, the consumer.
Like the tiered chandelier of today’s contemporary tastes, the transitional chandelier is all about the power of light. Controlled by a dimmer switch, users can manipulate the lighting levels in their homes to meet their needs. If you’re a no fuss, no frills sort of person, the bare-boned transitional chandelier is more to your taste. Taking elements inspired by the traditional chandelier type and matching it with contemporary standards, the transitional chandelier celebrates conventionality and modernity; something not so easy to accomplish in design. Taking the delicacy of the traditional chandelier and stripping it down to its necessities (light) you can show off your space or make it warm and intimate with just the turn of a dial.
If you’re someone who likes spaces that pop with color and scream funk, the drum chandelier is definitely more your scene. Unlike other chandelier types, the drum chandelier does not have the typical tiered arms or bare bulbs. Instead, acting more like a hanging pendant light, the drum chandelier softens the light and warms the space by illuminating color and making the focus the design of the space. Invaluable notes that “drum chandeliers simplify lines of the chandelier and are a bit more restrained.” This depends on the design and materials of the drum; drum chandeliers can be the whole room’s statement piece!
Ready to make a change? Then go on and get, get a new chandelier!