A dining room chandelier can be one of the easiest ways to add style and character to your dining room. This is particularly the case if your room is often used in the fullest sense as special room for formal meals.

Nothing is more likely to impress friends and relatives as a well chosen dining room chandelier. On its own it is an attractive feature which will enhance the room. And that is apart from its ability to provide light for the room.

Why chandeliers?

Originally in years gone by, chandeliers held candles. Because one candle doesn't give much light, if you wanted to light a large room, you needed more than one candle. So chandeliers were designed to hold up to two or even three dozen candles.

These were obviously for large houses where the owners had servants to do all the dirty work. So the servants would see to lighting the candles, extinguishing them, and replacing burnt out ones.

Then gas and electric light came along, and candles were replaced by gas lamps or electric bulbs.

Although we can now have plenty of light from modern fittings such as recessed downlighters, chandeliers are very attractive in themselves. They are now available in all sorts of designs and materials, and are one of the most useful light fittings available for the home.

ornate chandelier

Structure

Chandeliers come in many shapes and forms.

They can have one, two, three or even more layers (groups of arms set one above the other). They can have anything from three to more than a dozen arms. They can be simple or elaborate, with plain arms or complex embellishments.

The materials used can also vary, from wood and metal, to glass and modern composites.

Here are a few of the more recognizable forms of dining room chandelier.

Flemish

flemish chandelier

One of the most popular and adaptable dining room chandeliers is the Flemish design. It is most often seen in antique or bright brass. Its simple flowing lines allow it to fit into many different decorating styles. If you are looking for a less elaborate light fitting for your dining room then this design is with considering.

 

Crystal

Chandeliers made from crystal (cut glass) give an elegance to any room. They come in different qualities, so don't fall into the trap of thinking that an inexpensive one will have the same effect as one costing twice as much. And you really do need to see them lit up. Quality crystal (such as Bohemian crystal or similar) reflects the light from the lamps in a wonderful way. When you compare it with a less expensive glass you will appreciate the difference.

Wood

A wood fitting may be just the solution for your dining room chandelier. These can be formal in design or rustic, smoothly finished or rough and natural. If you have a wood table in your dining room or wood furniture, you can normally find a wood chandelier to match.

Metal

Here the choice is endless. Traditional brass (polished or antique), gilt, silver, brushed metal, modern composites - there's a multitude of options. The best way to get some idea is simply to look at brochures, magazines, websites, and see what you find attractive.

 

A few pointers...

Selecting lighting is one of the most difficult parts of home decorating. Here are a few suggestions to help you with finding your dining room chandeliers.

metal chandelier

Think of the chandelier in terms of its volume, the amount of space it uses up. A common mistake is to select a fitting which is too small for the room.

Another mistake is to hang the chandelier too high. Especially in a dining room if it is placed directly over the table, you can often have it lower than you would place it in a living room.

Fit a dimmer switch so you can set the amount of light to suit the situation. If you don't want (or can't install) a dimmer switch, then try lower powered lamps. There's nothing worse than a brightly lit chandelier blinding everyone because there is too much light!

Think about fitting a plaster ceiling rose. This shows off a chandelier to its best advantage, and make it look as if it really belongs.

The fitting you select may have lamp shades as part of the design. Or like the Flemish design they may be optional. If you want subdued light, then shades will help to achieve this.

Please note: the chandeliers shown here are for illustration only and do not illustrate products which are for sale.

 

 

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