Robert Abbey Chandeliers: Quality with Affordable Design

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Robert Abbey’s Beautifully Designed Chandeliers

Chandeliers have been illuminating homes since medieval times when the wealthy classes used candle chandeliers as a symbol of status. As glass makers became more proficient, crystal chandeliers and their ability to scatter light made them increasingly popular. One of the most spectacular chandeliers was a gift from Queen Victoria to the Ottoman monarchy, with 750 lamps and weighing 4.5 tons. More recently, the decorative multi-armed lights have become identified with a poor imitation of a chandelier, with droopy, dusty glass. However, modern designers have reinvented the fixture, making them a gorgeous focal point for any room. Contemporary designers are making artistic statements, building them out of paper, twigs, shells, milk bottles and even bike chains. But for homeowners looking for a more down-to-earth look, the lighting company Robert Abbey has designed chandeliers that are both tastefully beautiful and functional.

Robert Abbey Lighting Design

Robert Abbey Inc. has been manufacturing quality lighting fixtures since 1948. The company is known for their exceptional design with competitive and affordable prices. Although they don’t sell directly to consumers, their products are available at reputable stores and online retailers. A note to Canadian consumers: if you are purchasing Robert Abbey lighting fixtures online, save money and time by buying from a Canadian-based website to avoid costly duties and shipping fees. A quick online scan of Robert Abbey products reveals a carefully curated selection of designs: from soft shaded lights, to Jonathan Adler’s sleek, polished nickel designs.

Where and How to Hang a Chandelier

Before getting too caught up in all the spectacular chandelier options, consider the room you are going to put it in and how it will fit with the overall look. Consider the mood of the room, the style and colour tones. Interior designers think in layers of light, with three different lighting functions: task lighting, accent lighting and ambient or general lighting.  Chandeliers generally fall into the ambient category, but some designs incorporate downward light that can illuminate tasks such as homework done on a dining room table. While people often think of chandeliers as being hung over a dining room table, modern homeowners are rethinking the look and hanging chandeliers in:
  • bathrooms
  • entrance ways
  • bedrooms
  • family rooms
  • kitchens
  • living rooms

Dining Room Dos and Don’ts

Chandeliers can make a spectacular visual statement, but the look must fit the room. A chandelier that is too big and showy can overpower, while one that is too small can seem out of place. As a rule of thumb, the width of the chandelier should be at least half the width of the table and hung 30-34 inches above the surface. Have someone hold it at different heights to be sure it is not obstructing views of the art on the walls.
You will also want to consider the quality and direction of the light: chandeliers that emit light up and down are more flattering for various complexions. A dimmer switch can let you set the exact mood you want. For more information on various lighting options, a terrific source of information is the American Lighting Association.
Whatever your taste, there is a chandelier that fits every style and room.  A very good place to start your search is the Robert Abbey collection of chandeliers.