What to Consider
Chandeliers can be chosen depending on a few easily gauged factors. First, the size of the room where the chandelier is to be installed needs to be assessed. Large dining halls can accommodate grand chandeliers while smaller cozier rooms would look great with small and medium chandeliers. Second, consider the planned color and decor scheme of the dining room. So home buyers should choose chandeliers with suitable designs and color finish in the metal and glass parts. Compared to the bulky, high maintenance fixtures of previous years, modern chandeliers are much lighter thanks to the use of LEDs and lighter metal parts. Based on the size, chandeliers are classified as small and miniature chandeliers, medium chandeliers, large chandeliers and grand and custom chandeliers.
Small and Miniature Chandeliers
These hanging lights are suitable for illuminating hallways, patios and dining room nooks. These hanging lights can be installed singly or as multiple sets. The best models are from Hubbardton Forge, Northeast Lantern, Hudson Valley, Framburg and Seagull among others. The small sized chandeliers also come in a variety of styles like baroque, contemporary and rustic and are made of eclectic materials like iron, steel, wood and natural stone screens. Some of the popular small and miniature models are Clifton by Hudson Valley, Bentley by Troy Lighting, Warwick by Framburg and Malibu by Murray Feiss. Many firms also offer downsized variants of their large models, so homebuyers should also ask around for the mini versions of their favorite large chandeliers.
Medium chandeliers are characterized by a wide variety of light sources. They range from three- light, four-light and five-light models going all the way up to 10-arm chandeliers. Medium chandeliers can be installed both in dining rooms and in entryways with tall ceilings. Some of the popular models are Alpine, Bolton and Yorktown ranges by Hudson Valley, Rialto, Manor House and Sussex by Seagull Lighting, Carmel, Dartmouth and Evergreen by Arroyo Craftsman, Madeira, Ethan and Cascade by Murray Feiss and Paradox, Raiden and Salon Grand by Minka Lavery.
Large chandeliers are suitable as the focal lighting decor element in a large dining room. These chandeliers are often multi-tier creations where form is prized as much as function. Traditional and contemporary designs are available in plenty here. The most popular models are Jefferson by Hudson Valley, Sarabande and Baroness by Framburg and Malia and Caprice by Murray Feiss.
Grand and Custom Chandeliers
Grand chandeliers are the crème de la crème of hanging lights. The design features intricate metalwork and a huge array of lights sources. Custom chandeliers are even more intricate and are often produced as one-off pieces on a firm order. Czarina by Framburg, Maarid by Murray Feiss and Aston Court by Minka Lavery are three of the most popular grand chandelier designs.