For the last few years chandeliers have migrated from dining rooms and foyers into other spaces, including bedrooms, laundry rooms, and even outdoor “she sheds”. They’re fantastic for adding a hint of something special to a space, and often become the focal point. That’s what makes shopping for a new chandelier such a long process for some of us.
Whether they’re sparkly or rustic, industrial or mid-century sleek, statement-making chandeliers have become Canada’s favourite piece of house jewelry. Here is a look at some of the different lighting options that work with some popular décor styles.
The farmhouse style is very committed to adding interesting chandeliers to the home. Favoured pieces often combine rustic bases with feminine shapes and hints of glamour. Rubbed bronze, wood, distressed metals, and even rope can be found on these fixtures.
The lightbulbs themselves are also very important in the style, and typically featured in the chandelier design. No frosted glass shades here. Expect to see Edison bulbs and tapered chandelier bulbs.
The coastal chandeliers we’re seeing have a lot in common with farmhouse’s preferred styles. Perhaps these common elements are what make the hybrid style of coastal farmhouse such a popular look. Coastal chandeliers feature a lot of wood, rope, and aged patinas, which we see in farmhouse; however there seems to be much less of the industrial element. In its place are seaside accents like capiz shells, driftwood, sailor’s knots, and verdigris.
You will also find that the look of bare bulbs is not as much of a feature in coastal lighting as they are in farmhouse or industrial styles.
Metallics, sharp angles and exposed bulbs are all hallmarks of modern ceiling lights. This is particularly true of revivalist pieces that have been created over the last several years. These fixtures can be looked at as more than just functional or even decorative. Many enthusiasts see modern lighting as illuminated art.
Transitional style is generally thought of as safe. It’s a comfortable blend of traditional and contemporary styles that allows the injection of a few “outside of the box” pieces into an otherwise familiar interior.
In terms of lighting, fans of transitional style probably have the widest selection of options to choose from. Since the spaces tend to be neutral in colour and furnishings are fairly traditional, many enthusiasts of this style like to inject personality with lighting. This means choosing fixtures that might read more modern or farmhouse could be equally as acceptable as a standard 5-light with frosted shades or a chandelier that’s dripping with crystals.
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