for Homes in Canada
Are you a first time chandelier buyer or a long-time fan?
For many in Canada, a real crystal chandelier is synonymous with elegance and
opulence, sometimes too much so. Some may be put off buying one, as they fear
they may not have the right décor or setting to complement it. Admittedly, for
most chandeliers, a certain amount of space is a requirement. One must allow
head room when installing to avoid painful collisions, as well as finding a
size of chandelier that looks harmonious in the space, advice on which you can
get from a reliable decorator
as for setting, a chandelier complements almost any decorative lay out. Space
and budget really are the only limitations.
Chandeliers have a long and rich history. Developments in glass-making in Europe meant that by the 18th century, an all crystal
chandelier became affordable, at least in comparison to what it would have been
The developments also increased the popularity of lead
crystals as a material for chandeliers. Lead crystals have certain qualities of
clarity and softness, which make them ideal for cutting into faceted shapes
that will catch the light. They have light scattering properties, which spread
the light over a greater distance and give that sparkling, twinkling effect
that makes chandeliers so desirable. They were even more so in the 18th
century, as the people of that time were dependent on candles as their only
meagre light source, so anything that increased the amount of light being
produced was welcome.
The amount of change or preparation needed before installing
a chandelier very much depends on what type or size you’re interested in. It is
possible to get a small chandelier, if it is required for a room with low
ceilings. Weight is the main consideration. Faceted crystals, while beautiful,
can also be quite heavy, especially when strung in quantity from a metal
chandelier frame. The recommended guideline is that once the chandelier is over
15lbs, you will require a special electrical box to help support it, much like
the type used when installing a ceiling fan. Even heavier chandeliers may
require dedicated mounting hardware.
With perhaps the exception of some basement apartments, many
dwellings in Canada are built to allow in a lot of natural light through large
windows, and, as a result, often have the headspace to allow for some variety
of pendant light. Whether this is a chandelier, or something more muted is up
The Pay Off
The appeal of crystal
chandeliers is that they are both classic and timeless. They may hark back to
fashions from a hundred, two hundred or even three hundred years ago, but they
are just as beautiful now as they were then. The light quality that they
generate is flattering and eye catching. The twinkle of their crystals is as
pleasing to the eye as watching a moving stream, or waves crash on the beach.
As mentioned above, if a chandelier is something that you’ve
set your heart on, then home size is not necessarily a limitation. There are
many reputable lighting companies in Canada
that will help you find something elegant and within your budget.