Chandeliers, ‘the jewelry of architecture’

A chandelier featured at a recent High Point market.

“Chandeliers,” according to British journalist and tastemaker Peter York, “are marvels of drop-dead showiness, the jewelry of architecture.” Writing in Architectural Digest, Kate Jerde says that “a good chandelier does more than just brighten a room—the right one can totally transform a space.” Chandeliers come in so many shapes, sizes and styles that the traditional large and ornate lighting fixture is hardly the only choice.

Today, chandeliers are being used in a multitude of ways. Long a favorite in dining rooms and entryways, chandeliers are now appearing in almost every room of the house, including kitchens, baths, bedrooms, nurseries and more. Some of these chandeliers are traditional fixtures dripping with crystals while others are more modern, streamlined fixtures, perhaps featuring dark steel as a metal rather than a gold or silver finish. There is also the Sputnik-style chandelier with its space-age design that is right at home in a room with midcentury modern furnishings. has a fun article titled “10 Chandeliers for People Who Don’t Like Chandeliers.” (Click here to read the article and see a gallery of photos.) With today’s great variety of chandelier designs, there is a chandelier available to suit everyone, and this classic of the design world will remain popular for many years to come.

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