Chandelier for Contemporary Tastes
Just like window treatments, area rugs, throw pillows and
more, a chandelier is one of the finishing décor elements that help complete
the interior design of your space and really tie the look of your room
together. But many homeowners see chandeliers as too opulent and traditional
for their tastes. These days, with so many modern tiered chandeliers available,
there are many contemporary chandelier options for those with a personal style
that reflect current trends and tastes.
To help you decided on which modern chandelier you’ll be
most happy with in your home or commercial space, we’ve broken down some of the
most popular ones available today.
Crystal chandeliers are considered to be the most
traditional chandelier in terms of style and appearance. But with a broader
range of shapes and sizes available, crystal chandeliers now come in more
geometrical shapes with cleaner lines, offering a minimal, sleek and chic look.
In addition to style, shape, size and the colour and
strength of the light emitted, another aspect to consider when investing in a
crystal chandelier is the types of crystals used.
Some of the main types of crystals seen in both traditional
and modern tiered chandeliers are:
- Legacy / Italian / Venetian crystal
- Strass / Strass Swarovski crystal
- Handcut / Heritage Handcut / Turkish crystal
What makes each type of crystal different from another is the
type of oxide the crystal contains and its oxide ratios, as well as how it’s
cut and polished. These factors also help determine the price and value of your
To keep your contemporary crystal chandelier clear and
luminous, be sure to regularly dust it with a feather duster or a gentle
microfiber cloth, since these cleaning materials work well to remove dust
without causing any damage. Using a mild dish soap to more thoroughly clean the
crystals when necessary will help keep your chandelier clean.
Mesh chandeliers are another modern approach to
chandelier-style fixtures. Mesh on its own or with another material –usually
crystals – helps to add visual interest while maintaining the clean, minimal
lines that complement contemporary spaces. Mesh works well to diffuse light, which
makes mesh chandeliers excellent fixtures for mood lighting.
Murano Glass Chandeliers
Murano glass is another
chandelier material that is rooted in tradition. Both Murano glass and crystal
were used to construct chandeliers around the 18th century. While
centuries old, Murano glass chandeliers – just like crystal chandeliers – offer
many modern designs.
Murano glass comes in a symphony
of colours and can be moulded into all sorts of shapes, ranging from clear
glass to solid deep blues and fiery reds, and from traditional flower and leaf
designs to abstract and foreign shapes. Each and every Murano light fixture is
one-of-a-kind and completely unique.
Bare Bulb Pendants
While bare bulb pendants are reminiscent of the days of
Edison, they are one of the most current types of light fixtures available.
Bare bulb pendants look like filament bare, incandescent bulbs and consist of
very minimal materials, lines and shapes. Bare bulb fixtures come in a number
of options, including a single pendant, a chandelier, which is a couple or more
bare bulbs grouped together – often hung at different levels to achieve a
tiered look – a floor lap, sconces and so on. The most common types of bulb
shapes used for these fixtures include: the general (A) bulb, the mushroom (E)
bulb, the tubular (T) bulb and the sign (S) bulb.
Modernize crystal and Murano chandeliers, as well as mesh
chandeliers and bare bulb pendants are just some of the contemporary lighting options
available for trendy tastes. To find out about the other modern tiered
chandeliers available, get in touch with your light fixture retailer. Check
online for light fixture retailers and their websites to view a complete list of
their available inventory.