Let’s face it; nothing makes a more elegant statement than the beauty of a cut Crystal Chandelier. The way the crystal prisms refract the light is something to behold. They come in so many styles, from very ornate to understated, and can be used with almost any room décor. Crystal Chandeliers come in a variety of colors as well; clear crystals will reflect a brighter light and darker amber prisms and pendants will give off a warmer, golden glow.
While generally decorative, crystal chandeliers can give off ambient lighting that can be enhanced with matching wall sconces or table lamps. The sizes of crystal chandeliers fall into three categories. Pieces over 20 inches in diameter are considered a medium chandelier and any chandelier over 36 inches is considered a large foyer statement piece. Mini Chandeliers are less than 20 inches, please visit our Mini Chandelier section for a complete selection of these smaller fixtures.
Again, with a large lighting fixture, if you are hanging it over a table it needs to be at minimum 30 inches from the table top. When hung in a foyer or hallway, it should be at least 7 feet from the floor. If you have a particularly large open space you may want a two or three-tier chandelier to fill up some of the space with more width. If you want to accent with wall sconces they should be placed 60 inches from the floor six to eight feet apart.
Even if you don’t have the large open spaces needed for one of these large statement chandeliers, there are many flush and semi-flush mount Crystal Chandeliers that you can have installed that will beautify your dining room or entryway. Smaller Chandelier fixtures will adorn your hallways perfectly without overpowering them. There are even lovely smaller wall sconces for bathrooms and vanities to match and enhance your bedroom.
Nothing is more welcoming than the warm lighting of a foyer or hall when you enter a home. There is a reason you will usually see really large crystal chandeliers in hotel lobbies. It conveys a classic, welcoming look. Chandeliers were used mainly by the wealthiest of citizens as a display of their wealth and social status. Now, you can have that same look for a lot less.
There are many types of crystal that you can choose. Some are cut crystal, some are molded. All are polished to a high finish and some are optically coated to improve light refraction. The different types of crystal are a consideration in cost, as well as the weight of the overall fixture. The fixture’s finish is another consideration. If you want the crystals to shine and catch the light even more, then you might want to order a chandelier in silver. A darker finish will tone down the sparkle a bit, as will colored crystals.
Don’t think that just because it’s a crystal chandelier that you are limited to the classic fountain style. There are many contemporary and modern crystal chandelier designs to choose from. Some are almost pieces of art themselves.