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Victorian Chandeliers: Timeless Beauty and Class

July 12, 2010 By: Administrator Category: Light Fixtures

Meyda Tiffany – 26182: Victorian Floral Chandelier

Once relegated to stately, stuffy homes, Victorian chandeliers are once more returning to the mainstream. Its distinctive appearance is reminiscent of an era of timeless beauty and class. Extravagance and opulence characterized the Victorian era in England. The traditional Victorian chandelier is considerably heavier and more ornate than contemporary chandeliers. Typically, this type of chandelier lighting features circular stacked glass globes that are arranged in tiers around wheels. It is most adept at providing bright light for a room, such as the dining room or a formal living room. Because of the romanticism that is associated with this time period, most Victorian chandelier lighting features numerous elements of jewels. Its coloring tends to be in deep tones of pink or red; however, it is not uncommon to find them in color schemes of whites, tans, or blacks. Many manufacturers will create customized orders for individuals so that the colors of the chandeliers match the color scheme of the room in which they are to be hung.

This indulgence in opulence does come with a hefty price tag. Most authentic, ornate Victorian chandeliers can easily cost several thousand dollars. The more ornate and customized the piece is, the higher its price tag will be. It is possible for an individual to construct their own version of a Victorian chandelier through the recycling of an older, discarded chandelier. Because these chandeliers are such an expensive investment, it is imperative that a person has their chandelier cleaned by a professional. Crystal is an important component of these chandeliers, and it can be rather delicate. Therefore, it is important to ensure that no accidental harm comes to this show stopping piece. If a room’s décor is to be designed around the chandelier, then the complementary décor should follow an authentic look of the period. This includes choosing drapery and upholstery that depicts floral patterns, lace, and a color palette of reds, golds, and pinks. An interior decorator can be most useful in choosing a décor that will enhance the beauty of a Victorian chandelier.

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