Claudia Lynch. Chandelier. January 18th , 2018.
Certain styles of chandelier have placed mirrors around or among the bulbs to increase the light going into the room. When you place mirrors on a chandelier, not only do you increase output, you also increase the ability to play with the lighting. With a small twist of a mirror the light is bounced to another part of the room or made to hit another mirror. With that thought in mind, you also have the ability to cut and etch the mirrors to create a large range of visual effects from rainbows, to circles, to a split beam that dances on the wall.
Victorian Chandeliers, you do not have to live in a Victorian mansion to add crystal or glassdrop chandeliers. In fact, if you have a formal dining area or baby grand piano, you can use a crystal chandelier for that area. If you have gracefully legged chairs and tables in your living area, crystal chandeliers can also fit. If you decorate in chintz and floral patterns, glassdrop chandeliers can offer the same feel as crystal without being quite as formal. Rustic Chandeliers, many hanging lamps and chandeliers are designed with a more rugged look for todays single men.
Crystals in chandeliers were originally used to help reflect and spread the light. Crystal glass was found to be the best material for this purpose. Into the 19th century, roped pendants and hanging drops were added to chandelier designs. With the discovery and use of electricity, the antique chandelier has of course moved with the times, and now incorporates electric or gas lighting. Candlelit chandeliers are still available, however, and can add some wonderful unique elegance and personality in the lighting of your home.
The way a chandelier lights up the room is a magnificent sight. The history of chandeliers is as varied as the styles and material that a chandelier is made out of. From the first time that someone realized how brilliantly lit a domicile was if you had multiple candles burning above peoples heads or their natural line of sight. Chandeliers jumped from mere light fixtures high above peoples head, to a craftsmans work of art. During the early 19th century, chandeliers were made to look, shine, and display their light in a specific well crafted way.
For example, the Schonbek crystal chandeliers, or others dating back to the 16th century, are ageless and enduring. These fixtures have withstood the test of time. Since then, many other styles have evolved and are equally as impressive. Most modern fixture designs manage to offer both a nod to the past while fitting seamlessly into the decors and designs of presentday. One of my favorite topics is the chandelier because of its history as a method of lighting that was used before the sixteenth century.
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