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Tips for Buying the Best Chandelier for Your Home

There are a lot of different ways you can spruce up your house and add some beauty to it. You could even manage to make your house look elegant, or even downright majestic; that is, if you pick appropriate fixtures and make good interior design choices. Creating the visual presentation you’d like your house’s interior to display is not something you can do overnight, and it’s not something that you should take lightly. Besides deciding on whether you want to do some serious renovation work, as in knocking down walls and the like, one of the most important decisions you will make regarding interior design is what kind of chandelier you decide to use. Just picking a chandelier isn’t all that is involved though, especially if you have multiple rooms that can house a chandelier. A chandelier is one of the most impressive fixtures you can have in your house. Not only do they provide light, but they have a dominant position hanging from the middle of the room, where they can arrest the eyes and draw a lot of attention.

Size is Critical

best ChandelierWhen you walk into your local furniture store, Chandelier store or a designer online store like Lumens you’re just about guaranteed to find a lighting section somewhere within. These areas are always brilliantly lit with hundreds of light fixtures of varying sizes, shapes, colors, and intensities. Among all the light fixtures available, it could be argued that chandeliers are the most diverse type of light fixture there is. With such a huge range of possibilities in design and theme, it’s almost a certainty that you’ll see one you absolutely love if you go looking. However, picking a chandelier just because you feel in love with its design is not a good idea. Not for the sake of design necessarily, but because of size.

You could buy the most gorgeous chandelier you could find, but if it’s too big to fit in your entry hall, or it hangs too low over the dining room table, then you’ve made a very bad purchase. Regardless of the design and visuals of the chandelier you want, you need to keep the amount of space you have available in the front of your mind at all times. A rule of thumb Interior Dec suggests you should use is to take the dimensions of the room you want a chandelier for, add them together and convert the number to inches. The resulting number should be your guideline on what chandelier diameter to look for.

Bulbs and Wattage

You aren’t buying a chandelier just because it’s pretty and matches the drapes. A chandelier is also the central light source of the room it’s located in. As such, it’s important that you get light bulbs that not only fit the chandelier, but also give an appropriate amount of light in the room. Lamps Plus warns that a chandelier that beams light directly down can cast facial shadows on someone standing below, and that high wattage bulbs that produce a lot of heat can be uncomfortable. Plus they use more energy.

Crystal? Or More Mundane?

While there are a ton of different chandelier styles and designs, there is a particular type that shines far beyond any of the others. That type of chandelier is, of course, a crystal one. While a regular chandelier can look beautiful enough on its own, and almost any style can add a touch of class to a room, a crystal chandelier is truly a centerpiece of sparkling elegance and majesty. If you’ve decided a crystal chandelier is the way you want to go, then it would be best for you to take some additional time to think about what you want it to look like and how you want it to fit into your room. You also need to think about what kind of crystal you want it made from. According to eBay, there are seven different types of crystal you can choose; Czech, Egyptian, Italian, Majestic Wood Polished, Murano, Swarovski Spectra, and Swarovski Strass.

On average, you can expect to pay more for a crystal chandelier compared to a regular one, but if you truly wish to go the extra mile and really turn a room into something palatial, a crystal chandelier is definitely a good pick. Just take your time when choosing, with the increased elegance comes more to concern yourself with.

Styles and Trends

If crystal isn’t your thing, there are still plenty of options for you to look through. If you already have a theme for your interior design of some kind, it might be best to look for a chandelier that matches the rest of the room. But if you’re starting out fresh in creating a new look for a room, picking the chandelier first as the centerpiece and building the aesthetic of the room around it can work very well. Additionally, don’t feel restrained to the dining room or foyer as the only place for a chandelier; according to Chandelier Lighting Experts, chandeliers have begun invading just about every other room in the house. You can get mini ones for a walk-in closet or bathroom, or a nice bright one for your kitchen. The best part about buying a chandelier is that it’s completely up to you when it comes to where to stick it and what it looks like.

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