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Chandeliers Designed to Work in Contemporary Spaces

The experts at the American Lighting Association have spotted the following trends in chandeliers:

Mixed Messages: Mixing of materials and styles within one fixture is now a common design trend. It is not unusual, for example, to find a rustic chandelier, cast-iron fixture with crystals hanging from it, or different metals and types of glass all incorporated into one fixture

Color Me Beautiful: While sparkling, clear crystal refracts and reflects light, designers offer chandeliers in a rainbow of shades to complement decor. Colored crystal can combine with clear to create a prism of hue. Smokey quartz, rock crystal and amethyst offer an antique feel.

Finish Line: Chandeliers no longer feature just one metal or just one finish. The latest looks offer multi-tone finishes created by painted or chemical processes.  Rustic chandeliers are a perfect example of this look, offering a wide selection of finishes and patinas to choose from.

Mod Squad: The freshest face in chandeliers is clean and simple, designed to work in more contemporary spaces. Features such as colored crystal geometric shapes; cubes, rectangles, spirals, pyramids. The colors mix together to create a light display, for a vibrant and bejeweled look.

Dim Lit: Whether they are ornate and multi-armed or simply feature a large-scale bowl, chandeliers need a dimmer so homeowners may control the intensity of light.

MATCH POINT: Do not be too matchy-matchy when it comes to design styles and interior design. A chandelier should be considered another decorative element –another accessory that enhances and pops a room.  For example, a rustic chandelier can be paired with ultra modern and sleek furniture for that extra pop and surprise.

To read more about chandeliers and the latest trends in lighting design, check out Capitol Lighting’s article, Chandeliers Create Drama Throughout the Home.