The proper use of lighting is extremely powerful in transforming a space from a cold, boring atmosphere to a warm and inviting one. Take a large, open, industrial loft for example. Sticking one floor lamp in the corner isn’t going to cut it. Your space will feel very empty and awkward. Every home needs a unique combination of the four different types of lighting fixtures: pendant, floor, table, and wall. My favorite interior lighting fixtures are chandeliers (I am borderline obsessed with them).
I could shop for chandeliers for hours if I had the time. There are some really unique options out there today that you may not expect but when you incorporate them into your space the effect is incredible. They are an instant focal point and great pieces to inspire the design of the rest of the space. A chandelier doesn’t always have to be an extremely extravagant crystal fixture like you may be used to traditionally. It doesn’t always have to be used only over the dining room table, either. It is becoming very popular to use decorative chandeliers in large walk-in closets, bedrooms, and bathrooms. Get creative and have fun with it! Stick with crystal or white, or venture out a bit and go with a solid black or even a colored chandelier to create an even more eye-catching focal point.
Some of my personal favorites…
I love the black version of this Garland pendant- $75
A few examples of some bold color options available today. You do have to be careful how you use these, though. They can be a great focal point for your space or a complete disaster if they don't fit with the rest of your design style. These particual fixtures are crystal, which jumps the price up quite a bit.
You may recognize this popular pendant, named Icarus, if you have ever been to Longworth's Tavern in Mt Adams. It's a very bold piece but I like it because it is so unique. -$85
This chandelier is great because it is designed for indirect ambient lighting. The light reflects off of the white shields above the bulbs down into the space below. This one is called "Peggy" and is available from a company in Portugal called "Delightfull". It comes in white, black, gold, and red.
This is a very classy and elegant pendant light. It would be perfect over a long dining table. -$324
This beautiful black chandelier is actually constructed of acrylic rather than crystal, which is great because you don't have to worry about your ceiling carrying the weight of the heavier crystal version. -$145
Last but not least, I love this petite pendant light by Bathsheba. "The Flame" is an absolutely stunning pendant light that spreads delicate stripes of light on the surrounding wall, creating an intimate atmosphere. -$1,110