Chandeliers are associated with royalty, luxury and grandeur. Simple, minimal and unobtrusive are characteristics seldom attributed to the ostentatious chandelier.
Chandeliers are perceived as glitzy beautiful things that are desirable as long as they maintain a safe distance from your home. Chandeliers are generally reserved for tall ceilings, large floor spans and opulent homes. The three most common excuses listed by most people when I suggest a chandelier to rev up their homes are,
“My house is too small”, said the lady who loved accessories but was regulated by space and size constraint.
“My house is very minimalist and contemporary”, said the woman who believed less is more.
“I have enough lighting”, voiced the gentleman who was apprehensive to indulge in ornamentation.
To summarize, if one goes by general opinion, urban city homes don’t stand a chance to be dressed in pretty chandeliers! But the reality is far from this conceived misconception.
To bring you out of your dilemma, let’s debunk the most common chandelier myths and enable you to find the perfect chandelier for your space!
1. The Small Home – Size doesn’t matter, what you do with it matters! Shun apprehensions with a simple mathematical formula. Measure the room in feet (10 X 12). Add the numbers (10 +21 = 31). Convert the sum to inches. In this case, 31 inches. That’s the size of your chandelier. If your chandelier is square, its diagonal length should be 30 inches approximately. If it’s circular, the diameter should be 30 inches. To determine a comfortable height of the chandelier, multiply the height in feet by 2.5 first, and then by 3. Consider a ceiling height of 8 feet. 8 feet is a puny height for a chandelier, one may think. But multiply 8 with 2.5 to derive 20; and 8 with 3 to derive 24. The height of your chandelier can range from 20 inches – 24 inches. To summarize, for a teeny tiny room measuring 10 feet by 12 feet with a ceiling height of only 8 feet, can accommodate a chandelier that measures 31 inches in width and 24 inches in height.
2. The Minimalist Home – Often, minimalism is considered a guise to shun decor accessories. But understated glamour is a decor concept, albeit an oxymoron.
The room is simple and minimalist. But the chandelier is a stark contrast to the decor style. The room is understated, the chandelier is glamorous. Opposites attract and the result is understated glam! The chandelier brings in ornamentation and bling without cluttering the room or taking up additional floor-space or visual weight.
Yet, if it is a minimal scheme you desire, the options are infinite. The chandelier used by Savio and Rupa is elegant and unfussy. The same can be used anywhere, in any concept and space with ease.
3. Of illumination – Chandeliers are not illuminative. They are a purely decorative accessory. If chandeliers are used to illuminate rooms, one will end up with a sun in the house. It will blind you and dominate the decor.
Chandeliers only radiate a dim glow. Use dimmers for chandeliers. You can control the glow in accordance with the rest of the lights. I repeat, chandeliers should never illuminate the space. It illuminates itself, just enough to draw one’s attention to it. That’s all!
So be it a small home, a minimalist design language or lighting dilemma; nothing should stop you from indulging in the elegance of a chandelier!