Chandeliers vs Pendants... a light conversation

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Monday, July 11th, 2016
Posted by Anna

Chandeliers vs. Pendants: A Light Conversation 

No one should underestimate the importance of lighting when designing a house or planning the layout of your home. The type of lighting you select can transform a room and affect its perceived size and the mood it conveys. There are always trends and styles in interior design and the much debated topic at the moment is which is better - the modern pendant or traditional chandelier.

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Old versus new

Chandeliers have been around for hundreds of years.  In the early 18th century advances in technology saw the emergence of cut glass and lead crystals and they were seen as very glamorous and desirable.  Chandeliers have always been a top choice but now we have seen the emergence of the pendant which can be just as stunning however has a far simpler design. These can also be effectively hung in a hallway or over a dining table for impact. 

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Style

A chandelier definitely makes a room look classier and is a major visual attraction to any visitor.  They add beauty and charm, elegance and class and their opulence can take your breath away.  Pendant lighting is sleek and although less luxurious, can be just as stunning, hung individually or in a group at different levels.  Whether you pick chandelier or pendant you need it to be consistent with the room and its surroundings. If your style is rather eclectic and off-beat it would be preferable to consider something modern and unique. More conventional or traditional décor can work well with a chandelier. 

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Functionality

The height and space of your room is of huge consideration, a small chandelier can look dwarfed while a very big one could overpower a room if not chosen carefully.  A chandelier should complement not overpower the furnishings placed under it. With a pendant lighting scheme, you have the flexibility of adjusting its height with the cord, however do ensure its length isn’t at head height to avoid nasty accidents! 

Maintenance

A chandelier was traditionally made from crystal and glass and was a bejewelled masterpiece, but now more materials are emerging and chandeliers can be made of ceramics and fibre optics as well. Pendants can be made of fabric, metal, acrylic or even wood and there’s nothing to stop the creative amongst you designing your own shades.  All your lighting will need dusting and cleaning at some point and traditional crystals can be scratched and damaged if they are not handled properly.  Obviously cleaning a chandelier is more time consuming than a pendant and you will need to use soft cloths and a glass cleaner.

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Decision making process

Modern and simple home design is shifting more towards pendants in 2016, however chandeliers certainly still do have a place if your room suits the look. With careful selection both chandeliers and pendants will become a focal point within a hallway, bedroom or in a dining room. Both will illuminate the space and be visually engaging, but your final choice will very much depend on your preferred style, surrounding décor and size of the room.

Your Perth luxury home builder can help you with your selection.

Monday, July 11th, 2016
Posted by Anna

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Anna is part of RiverStone's Marketing team.

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