Why We Love Crystal Chandeliers & Suspensions
Crystal never goes out of style. For hundreds of years, it has been the material of choice for lighting makers when they want to make a grand impression. The pleasure created by the sparkle of cut crystal is visceral, instinctual; it draws people in. Even the blandest design is instantly transformed by the jewel-like flash of crystal. By introducing a crystal chandelier, pendant or other ceiling light into your home, you will instantly transform the look and feel of your space.
The only thing that has changed lately in the world of crystal chandeliers is the proliferation of design styles. Contemporary lighting has taken crystal and run away with it, with eternal European chandeliers now joined by geometric, modern chandeliers from design brands including Swarovski Lighting and Schonbek.
Where Crystal Chandeliers, Pendants & Suspension Lights Work Best
The dramatic sparkle - and often dramatic form - of crystal ceiling light fixtures make a great first impression in entryways, foyers, living rooms and dining rooms. In the entryway or foyer, you will immediately impress your guests when using a crystal chandelier or pendant as it will stand out as a glimmering showpiece. Likewise, the living room will sparkle from the luxury-exuding elegance offered by a crystal chandelier. Not only is it a way to convey luxury in the space, any of these chandeliers will also become a conversation piece among guests. And you can make every meal an event with the iridescent shimmer of a crystal pendant light in the dining room. Suspended over the dining table, an LED crystal chandelier or hanging light acts as the centerpiece of the room. Finally, in compact and urban spaces, you may prefer a mini chandelier with crystal features and if you love the benefits of energy efficiency, look to any of the crystal fixtures with an LED light source.
LED Crystal Chandelier Ideas for Every Style
Although crystal is in its very nature representative of luxury, this selection of crystal chandeliers can fit a variety of interior design styles ranging from homes with classic decor to those with a purely modern touch. Traditional crystal chandeliers feature the familiar multi-tiered structure supporting branches of candlesticks. For this style of classic chandelier shape infused with luxurious crystals, look to the options available from Minka-Lavery or Kichler. In contemporary and transitional areas, you'll love the crystal chandeliers from Robert Abbey, including the ever-popular Bling Chandelier (a customer favorite). Lastly, for an ultra-modern design directly from Italy, look to the suspension options options from Leucos.
How to Choose the Best Crystal Chandelier
When it comes to choosing any chandelier or ceiling light fixture for your home, there are a few considerations to keep in mind including the fixture's size, color, finish, and the application you're trying to fit. Use these steps to help you pick out the ideal crystal chandelier.
Where can I place a crystal chandelier?
First, determine exactly where you want to suspend a crystal chandelier. Given that crystal ceiling lights are meant to be put on display, you may want to use this type of chandelier for the grand entryway, the foyer or installed over the dining table. Consider the light output you need from the fixture as well.
How do I choose the best crystal chandelier size?
Size is vitally important to understand before selecting a new crystal chandelier. You'll want to be mindful of common dimensions like height, suspension length, diameter, and in some cases, weight. And while you'll find plenty of large and oversized suspensions, there is also a wide variety of mini crystal chandeliers available.
How do I install a chandelier?
If you are replacing a chandelier, double check the existing wiring to make sure your new fixture will be appropriately accommodated. Conversely, if it is a completely new install, we recommend consulting with an electrician to cover any questions or concerns. Once installed, you may want to put the suspension on a light dimmer to set the mood of the room (especially useful in formal dining areas).
How do I keep my crystal chandelier looking great?
You'll want to keep your crystal chandelier shining by routinely cleaning it. Be sure to dust the crystals on the fixture and plan to thoroughly clean the light a few times a year. Also, plan to replace the light bulbs as needed.
If you are shopping for a fundamental Schonbek crystal chandelier look, you may also want to see the decorative crystal chandeliers from Swarovski. A contemporary crystal chandelier from Swarovski is the perfect option for both residential and commercial applications. And crystal designs can provide a luxurious element from sources of light other than ceiling lights. Be sure to check out the crystal selection for all things crystal, including wall lights, flush ceiling lights and portable lamps.