A Functional Work of Art? Welcome to the World of Chandeliers

A Functional Work of Art? Welcome to the World of Chandeliers

A Functional Work of Art? Welcome to the World of Chandeliers

I’ve said it before, and I’ll certainly say it again: Lighting is everything.

 

EVERYTHING.  It sets the tone for your space while adding the ever important element of, wait for it… function.

We need to be able to see in our homes, right?

Beyond setting the tone and adding light to our spaces though, can chandeliers double as a focal point?  A piece of visual interest?  Even a work of art?

The answer is YES, and because your home is your sanctuary, why wouldn’t you invest in chandeliers that are stunningly beautiful while being equally functional?

Before showing off some of my favorite chandeliers in the homes I’ve decorated, I’d like to chat briefly about size and scale.  You can have an incredibly gorgeous crystal chandelier – hand crafted in Italy – but if it’s too small for your space, it may look like a single pea on a dinner plate.  Or conversely, say you have this stunning Jonathan Adler modern chandelier, but because you forgot to measure your ceiling height, it looks like a Goliath in your more David sized dining room.

Before spending your hard earned dollars, do the work no one wants to do: measure your space thoroughly (or hire me).

Figure out the square footage and ceiling height of the room in which you are looking to place this chandelier.  Also, what is the intention for the space?  Is it a kitchen?  A dining room?  A powder room?  A living room?  A bedroom?  Each of these spaces will most likely be a different size and will require different functionality.  In a dining room, a lower hanging chandelier is acceptable over your dinner table.  You won’t be hitting it with your head all the time.  Conversely, a low hanging chandelier in your living room may obstruct views and deter conversation.

You get the idea.  You can have the most beautiful chandelier on the planet, but if the size and scale of it are wrong for your space, it will be a distraction.

For more on size, scale, and calculating the ideal chandelier for your space, take a look at Wayfair.com‘s Chandelier Size and Placement Guide.

Now on to the fun stuff!  Here are several of my projects that highlight chandeliers.  Not only do they provide abundant light, but they double as focal points & stunning works of art.

One.

 

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(Interior Designer: Minhnuyet Hardy, Photographer: Mali Azima)

The chandelier in this photo reminds me of a 1920’s flapper dress.  It glows and shimmers ever so subtly.  Its beautiful in this photo, but even more stunning in real life.

Two.

 

Photographer: Mali Azima, Interior Designer: Minhnuyet Hardy

(Interior Designer: Minhnuyet Hardy, Photographer: Mali Azima, Stylist: Brandon Bransford)

The modern chandelier in this downtown Atlanta bachelor pad resembles floating bubbles.  It is so unique, and when its turned on, each glass bubble reflects on the others making it glow throughout the space.

Here is a close up:

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(Interior Designer: Minhnuyet Hardy, Photographer: Mali Azima, Stylist: Brandon Bransford)

Three.

 

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(Interior Designer: Minhnuyet Hardy, Photographer: Mali Azima, Stylist: Brandon Bransford)

This glass chandelier has been one of the most talked about in my work.  While it is indeed stunning, it’s not overpowering in the space.  It fits just right – adding a slightly modern twist on a traditional design.

Here is a close up:

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(Interior Designer: Minhnuyet Hardy, Photographer: Mali Azima, Stylist: Brandon Bransford)

Four.

 

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(Interior Designer: Minhnuyet Hardy, Photographer: Mali Azima, Stylist: Brandon Bransford)

This particular dining room chandelier is a modern take on a candle lit medieval classic.  It fits perfectly in this contemporary space.

Five.

 

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(Interior Designer: Minhnuyet Hardy, Photographer: Mali Azima, Stylist: Brandon Bransford)

This colorful, mid century modern living room was one of my favorite projects.  The chandelier almost has a personality of its own.  Its interesting, lively, and definitely worth talking about.

Here is a close up:

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(Interior Designer: Minhnuyet Hardy, Photographer: Mali Azima, Stylist: Brandon Bransford)

The End (for now).

 

Can you see now how easily a chandelier can double as a work of art?  In my experience, they are worth every penny of investment as they will provide much needed light and beauty to your space for years and years to come.

Oh, and don’t forget to install dimmer switches.  You will want the ability to control the level of light emanating from your chandelier.

What do you think?  Do you like chandeliers?  Have questions about incorporating them into your space?  We would love to hear from you.

As always, for inquiries, please email us at minhnuyet@minhnuyethardy.com.

May your day be filled with light and beauty!

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