Are Chandeliers Old Fashioned?

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What is Considered a Chandelier?

Less commonly known as girandole, chandeliers are hung as a singular light fitting rather than in groups like pendant lighting. Pendant have a single cord, single light, less decorative elements and are usually smaller in size and hung in groups. Chandeliers differ to pendant lights as they usually have multiple lights with a branched design.

Chandeliers evolved from medieval candelabras made of candles which later evolved to gas lighting then electric. Their expensive decorative design was (and still can be) a luxury status symbol.

Are Chandeliers Old Fashioned?

No, chandeliers are a form of art and will continue to change with interior design trends over time. There are some styles that have become less popular over time as they simply dont align with our lifestyles and home decor.

Are crystal chandeliers out of style?

Although most lighting manufacturers will disagree, yes. Crystal chandeliers are beautiful but they are very much out of style in 2021. They are a classic chandelier which is more ornate and use crystals to refract light.

If you have a classic styled home then a crystal chandelier may suit your décor but in terms of home décor trends other styles of chandeliers have taken the forefront.

Are brass chandeliers out of style?

This is an interesting question. Brass is very on trend. Gold hardware had a brief popularity stint in 2019-2020 but this has evolved into designers playing with old-gold tones like brass which has been reinforced by the industrial trends rolling on in 2021. However, the ornate styles of brass chandeliers are out of style.

One very popular type is the modern radial globe chandelier (sputnick). This is a simple geometric, modern design and comes in shades of gold and brass. There are lots of variations on this design, one of the reasons this style has persisted in popularity is its use in mid century modern.

What are Different Types of Chandeliers ?

There are endless types of chandeliers and chandelier-style light fittings from super modern and alternative to softer boho designs. I’ve included a few favourites for 2021 ; woven, mid-century modern, beaded, boho, black and modern.

White woven chandelier

White-on–white is still a major trend in home design and this goes for light fittings as well. Large pendant style light fittings made from rope, fabric and wicker make for beautiful focal points in simple white rooms. They can lift an otherwise boring room by adding texture, select a large chandelier to create drama.

This rattan light comes in 3 sizes; 35, 40 and 50 cm and is available in black and white.

Black and gold mid-century modern chandelier

Mid century modern is a big trend for 2021. The sputnick chandelier is named after the worlds first orbiting satellite that was launched in 1957. They come in a wide range of variations but essentially are made of a collection of arms with lights on the end, joined by a central core. They come in both flush mount and pendant mount designs so the flush mount option is great for rooms that don’t have the height for pendant style lighting.

Wood beaded light fixture

Beaded chandeliers are a more casual take but can be just as grand. They fit the boho, farmhouse or Hamptons décor and can be used in almost any room. When your room starts to feel heavy with one dominant design material like dark wood or brass, these beaded designs can bring in a subtle new element. These can also come in flush mount designs for low ceilings.

Gray beaded light fixture

Black wicker chandelier

Perfect for dark moody spaces, this black wicker chandelier measures 35 x 35 cm and is made of woven bamboo.

Modern chandelier black

Add effortless style with a modern black chandelier that integrates smart home technology. This Minimalist modern take on chandeliers can be adapted to different shapes as an interactive art form. The LED lights rotate individually creating a ring shape, radial,  perpendicular or diagonal ( above).

Boho beaded light fixture

These natural beaded chandeliers tend to go with anything explaining why they are still notoriously popular in 2021. They tie in beautifully with rattan rugs and natural fibres.

Chandeliers can completely transform a room. Take a look at each room in your house and question if it has a wow factor.

Next time you have a guest at your house pay attention to what they look at when they enter a room, are they draw in and at ease in the space? Are they looking around and standing back because the decor is too busy? It may need simplifying and centralising with a key piece of artwork or light fitting.

For more lighting inspiration take a look at Living Room Lighting, How To Get The Placement Right.

Living Room Lighting, How To Get The Placement Right

Living room lighting placement 1

Lighting sets the mood and feel for a room but can often be overlooked beyond the central ceiling light. There are three types of lighting that fulfil different  purposes; task, ambient and accent.

Types of Interior Lighting

Ambient Lighting

This is the ‘natural’ lighting for a room, it’s purpose is to make the space functional and closely match natural daytime lighting.  Although it sounds general in use, ambient lighting can really set the mood in a space, it should never be harsh.

Most often down lights are used but this sometimes isn’t an option in buildings that don’t have a ceiling void such as raked ceilings  and some apartments that have concrete slab ceilings. In this scenario a singular drop light can be used or track lighting.

Task Lighting

This is focused lighting for more detailed work in concentrated areas such as the kitchen and bathroom. Many businesses use task lighting in office space because its better for reading and creates a feeling of alertness.

Some examples of task lighting are in the kitchen over a cook top, or bathroom mirror lighting. These can be in the form of directional down lights, track lights or a series of pendants.

When deciding on the placement of task lighting consider the path that the light is traveling from the bulb to the area of focus. If hanging a pendant light over head rather than over the workspace, like the kitchen bench, then this would create a shadow on the work area. This is not what we want!

Accent Lights

Accent lighting is concentrated lights that highlight features in a room or creates a statement. It’s not necessarily bright light like task lighting but ads style and drama. This type of lighting is often forgotten but when used correctly can add the wow factor to any room.

Accent lighting can be in the form of led strip lighting, collection of pendants, spot lighting, or chandeliers. It can be a subtle wall wash where the a sheet of lighting parallel to the wall high lights texture or a special feature on the wall. There are lots of clever ways to use LED strip lighting with motion sensors such as along stair treads, under cabinetry and in walk in robes.

The living room needs to feature all three types if lighting to suit the multitude of uses. This is a space where you relax, where you play board games with the kids and get productive with new projects. The lighting can help you zone out or feel focused and alert.

How to Choose a Central Ceiling Light for the Living Room

Not all rooms will have a central light but for those that do it can be the hero of the room.

There are two components of the central living room ceiling light to consider, the functional light and the design. When choosing the brightness consider the other lighting in the room. Do you have floor lamps or reading lights for focused work? If yes then this light doesnt need to be as bright. If the other lights in the room are more gentle, such as decorative wall sconses or pendant lights then this light needs to be at least 400 lumens. Lumens are a measurement of how bright the light is.

In terms of design, think of clearance and scale.

The scale of the light fixture should be fitting for the dimensions of the room and surrounding furniture. If the light fitting is too large it will make the room feel crowded but if your decorating a big open space then be bold! There are some incredible rustic style chandeliers in trend right now.

What Height to Hang a Chandelier or Light Fixture?

The light shade should not be so low that people feel uncomfortable walking under it. The exception is when the light is being hung above furniture such as a table which prevent people from walking under it. 80 Inches is the standard door opening height so light shades should not be lower than this in spaces where people are walking under the light.

How to Hang a Chandelier Over a Dining Table?

When hanging a chandelier over a dining table it doesn’t need to be above standing height. You want the light fitting to be eye catching but sit above head height while seated at the table. The general rule is at least 30 inches above the table top but if you have particularly high ceilings then raise the chandelier around 3 inches for every foot of additional ceiling height above the standard 8 foot ceiling.

How to Hang Pendent Lights

If the room is longer rather than square consider have 2 or more pendant lights along the length of the room to light the space effectively. When pendant lights are hung above a table or bench-top the standard is 30 inches above the surface. For pendant lights that aren’t above a bench such as hanging pendent lights in a living room corner for a reading nook, the bottom of the light fitting to the floor should be around 65 inches.

For more ways to update your living room, take a look at Cheap Ways to Update Your Living Room.

Add Instant Glam with these Master Bathroom Chandelier Ideas

Add Instant Glam with these Master Bathroom Chandelier Ideas

There is no better way to add instant glam & drama to a bathroom than adding a chandelier.

The bathroom is no longer just a functional space where we brush our teeth and shower.  It’s a room that we spend valuable time in so give it the attention that it deserves. Make it a beautiful, glamorous space that lifts your mood in the morning.

The way we use bathrooms has completely changed. It’s rare now for a house to be built with a single shared bathroom. We now expect the luxury of a master ensuite, a separate bathroom for the kids and sometimes also a powder room or half bathroom for guests. It’s the space where you take your time getting ready for work in the morning, chatting to your partner or take a long bath at the end of the day.

In this post I’ve covered the main points to consider when choosing a chandelier for your space.

How do I choose a bathroom chandelier?

Size of the bathroom

Consider the size of your bathroom. A chandelier that’s too big for the space will make it feel crowded as will hanging it too low. There are smaller styles available so you can still have the wow factor without compromising on having that spacious feeling.

This mini chandelier from Amazon measures  9.05 inches (23cm) high and 9.84 inches (25cm) wide. Its semi-flush design is perfect for rooms with ceilings that aren’t high enough to hang a drop style chandelier.

Type of chandelier

Be cautious of chandeliers that are made of porous materials such as wood, wicker or fabric. These could become mouldy over time from steam if you have poor ventilation in the bathroom. Crystal (or crystal – look) chandeliers will handle the moisture much better and help refract light around the room but these wont suit everyone’s taste.

What are the different types of chandeliers?

In the article Are Chandeliers Old Fashioned I’ve listed some of the different types of chandeliers beyond the typical crystal-look chandelier. The list includes a white woven chandelier, a black and gold mid century modern chandelier, wood beaded light fixtures, a black wicker chandelier, boho beaded light fixtures and a modern chandelier in black.

How high should a bathroom chandelier be ?

When chandeliers are hung in a bathroom they either pull the space together as a central focal point or are hung over a feature that you want to accentuate like a bath tub.

The 2011 National Electric Code requires 8 feet between the top of the tub and the bottom of the chandelier.

When chandeliers are hung in any space they need to be low enough to receive attention. If hung too high they won’t be noticed but they shouldn’t be so low that someone could hit their head on it. The bottom of the chandelier should be no lower than the height of a door frame (80 inches, 2.04m) if hung in a space where people can walk under it.

If the chandelier is hung over a bath tub then the same rules go, if you stand up in the tub your head shouldn’t hit the chandelier. However when chandeliers are hung over furniture like a table or ottoman in a walk in robe it should be hung so that the bottom of the chandelier is above head height when seated.

Can you put a chandelier over the shower?

Yes but there are two points you need to consider. The same 8 foot (2.4m) clearance rule for tubs exists for showers, this measurement is taken from the shower base. Also, any light fitting installed above a shower needs to be rated for moisture. To protect the electrics from moisture the fixture is entirely enclosed by glass or has a special design that keeps wires completely protected from water.