Create Drama and Atmosphere with Chandeliers

Feb 3 2014

silver chandelierThe chandelier may appear to be out of place in the modern setting but for homeowners who wish to add an element of drama in their home should consider incorporating chandeliers into their lighting scheme.

Before scoffing at the idea, know that chandeliers also come in subtler and streamlined versions. Ornate chandeliers with dangling crystals and delicate curving arms are still alive and well but unless the home is as grand as a Malibu mansion – or one that is decked in true traditional style – then it is advisable to go for contemporary or modern chandeliers.

The shimmering crystals may be missing in the modern versions but in its place are metallic surfaces or pieces, still designed to maximize illumination. However, aside from lighting living spaces – the more valued advantage to using chandeliers is that they instantly punch up flat spaces. The chandelier’s interesting patterns and its degree of brilliance provides a remarkable if not somewhat theatrical mood to the home.

To get the most out of this most charming lighting fixture, here are a few tips on creating and emphasizing mood.
copper and silver chandelier
  • It has to match the overall theme. What’s exciting about furniture shops of today is that they are packed with a great selection of items. Stamping your personality through lighting fixtures can be fun. However, also ensure that the selected items will not clash with the larger scheme. Carefully consider the materials, color, and the finishes and check if it agrees with the room’s design.
  • Consider the scale of the room. Do not overlook the room and the chandelier’s size. An oversized chandelier will definitely look awkward – if not downright hysterical – in a small room and likewise, standard sized chandeliers may be too small for large halls or dining rooms. This will not only affect the decorating style – but also illumination.
  • silver and black chandelier
  • Let it be the focal point. Draw the eye upward and install the chandelier in the center of the room. Avoid using visual clutter, as it will look to busy and take the attention away from the chandelier.
  • Enhance mood with layers of lighting. Chandeliers provide enough reliable illumination but to enrich the experience, complement it with other lighting fixtures such as dimmable floor and table lamps or even wall scones. Light, as many designers know, does not only emphasize interesting architectural elements but also helps in achieving specific emotional responses.
  • Consider its function. If you are lighting a high traffic area, go for chandeliers that provide enough light. Chandeliers make fantastic eye candies but never lose sight of its main function.


For lovely interiors, do not underestimate the power of lighting. In this case, chandeliers may be a throwback to the days of grand palaces and aristocracy, but its seemingly innate power to evoke responses remain true to this day.

Opulent or stripped to the basics – create mood and drama with chandeliers.

Laya Cusano is the chief editor of The Furnished Up Blog. She also oversees the Marketing Department of Furnished Up, a provider of decorating advice to furniture shoppers and homeowners. You can follow Laya Cusano on G+.
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