11 Chandeliers That Illuminate & Radiate Luxury
Centuries ago during the Middle Ages chandeliers were nothing more than candles mounted on a wooden cross that could be moved from room to room. Since then they've grown ever-more complex, making use of fine-cut glass and crystals for refraction, bronze, gold and silver frames for a sense of grandeur, and employ shimmering light-bulbs of the most creative and fanciful varieties.
True, they've lost their mobility, but they've gained a reputation as being items of the highest sophistication and delicacy, synonymous with wealth and good taste. Above all, chandeliers are symbols of luxury, as these following eleven examples will prove.
1) Gold Standard
A gold frame, six exquisitely shaped light-bulbs, and intricate chains linked to the center give this chandelier an understated elegance in a highly ornate room.
2) Royal Reflections
The gold and silver finishing on this chandelier exudes royal opulence, a visual sensation further reinforced by the jewel-like ornaments hanging from its curvy arms. The silver colouring also synthesizes perfectly with the frosted furniture below.
3) Harmonic Colours
White has always been the colour of elegance. Here, the glittering silver chandelier adds a decadent touch to this dining area while conforming to the overall colour scheme. The result? A light fixture that's delicate but never overpowering.
4) Modern Sensibility
More contemporary than classic, this chandelier uses a dark screen to encircle the light-bulbs within, creating a unique visual interplay which—along with the illuminated oval ceiling from which it hangs—lends the room a certain dynamic energy.
5) Sparkling Stars
Gold may be more valuable than silver but it's certainly not more beautiful. Here, this lavish pair of chandeliers light up the room not only with their bulbs but their remarkable beauty.
Looked at from this perspective, they twinkle like stars—an optic feast which is echoed multiples times by the adjacent mirrors.
6) A Touch of Colour
In a room of pure whites this golden chandelier stands out in full glory. The highly ornate frame, decorations and chain all radiate an aristocratic charm, perfect for a dining room full of tea cups and saucers, all of which reveal the sophisticated tastes of its owner.
7) Electric & Eclectic
This bizarrely-shaped chandelier with tentacle-like arms and tiny bulbs on its tips feels right at home in a roomful of strange textures and colours. Its eclectic style adds another layer to the unique decor choices.
8) Dreamy Decadence
Thick silken curtains, dark chocolate walls, ornate furniture, and a stately bed—all these elements of luxury find cohesion in a chandelier which exemplifies wealth and extravagance.
9) Intricate & Ornate
Suspended from an asymmetrical cord, these highly-ostentatious chandeliers bring a Victorian touch to this interior, their white and brown colours subtly echoing those of the surrounding decor.
10) Heavenly Light
Adding a lustrous silver chandelier to a roomful of browns and beiges is a great way to draw attention. Here, the almost heavenly glow of its candle-like bulbs makes the light appear divine, as if the clouds are parting and sun's rays are pouring down on the walls and bed.
11) Old World Charm
The most ornate style of interior design, Victorian, deserves the most ornate style of lighting—chandeliers.
This frosted silver, highly-embellished chandelier epitomizes Victorian luxury and grandeur, harmonizing with the rich whites that are so abundant in the walls, ceiling and floor.