As with any lighting product, strict classification of any fixture has its limitations. However, it can be helpful when considering your lighting design to be familiar with basic chandelier styles. That way, you can match them with the theme of your home or office, as well as people’s personal aesthetic preferences.
When people think of crystal chandeliers, the classic, vintage look of a chandelier, crystal chandeliers are often what comes to mind. While these ornate fixtures used to be a sign of wealth and the upper crust of society, technology has allowed these chandeliers to be produced at a lower price point, while still maintaining the old world beauty and charm. In fact, many of these fixtures will fit nicely into your budget. Crystal chandeliers are often multi-tiered and come in a variety of styles and finishes.
Louis Comfort Tiffany was a master glass artist, with his style being applied to all sorts of light fixtures. When it comes to chandeliers, lighting manufacturers use colorful pieces of glass of varying sizes to create repeatable patterns that end up with some pretty stunning results. Tiffany styles can have a modern or classic look and feel. These chandeliers are sure to please as they light up your home or office for years to come.
While contemporary is an incredibly broad term to apply to light fixtures, contemporary chandeliers are often characterized by an innovative design and minimalism. Some of the more interesting trends are starburst chandeliers and globe, or orb, chandeliers. Starburst chandeliers are characterized by spikes shooting out from a central globe. Globe chandeliers contain light sources that are surrounded by glass, acrylic, fabric, or metal mesh.
The country/rustic design style is certainly growing in popularity. Homes and commercial properties around the country are adopting this unique style that emphasizes naturalism and tips its hat to the American West. While rustic decor certainly extends beyond lighting, lighting plays an absolutely critical role in rounding out this style of decor. Wrought iron, wood, and Edison-style bulbs are hallmarks of this style of chandelier.