(Ok, sorry about the pun)
When I think of a beach house, I think of coastal colors, lots of white and glass. So why wouldn't a beach house have a crystal chandelier? What better way to bring the feel of water than crystals?!
You don't have to spend tons of money on a expensive custom coastal chandelier when you can easily make your own. Shop either Facebook marketplace or Craigslist for chandeliers. There are even free ones on there if you wait it out.
Once you find a chandelier you like (and that works) it is SO EASY to go from drab to fab! Make sure to clean the chandelier really good. I recommend using a deglosser/degreaser. You can buy one from Lowes or Home Depot. It is usually under $10 for a bottle. Don't be scrimpy. Use the deglosser/degreaser freely. This is going to strip down the surface so the paint can adhere to it and give you a nice finish. Once it cleaned and dried, (if you are impatient like me, take note - SERIOUSLY LET IT DRY ) you have your choice to either spray paint it or hand brush it. I generally spray paint a chandelier.
A couple of MUST FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS.
- Tape off the area where you screw in the light bulbs
- Tape off the wire to connect it to ceiling
- Use multiple light coats (THIS IS THE KEY TO LONG LASTING FINISH)
- Let each coat dry 1 hour in between
Once your chandelier is spray painted, fully dried and ready to hang, have fun adding crystals to a chandelier. What if your chandelier doesn't have any pre drilled holes to hang crystals? No problem, Cristalier Crystals has tiny, yet strong magnets to attach crystals to any chandelier. They are so simple to attach and come in silver, gold or bronze.
If you chandelier isn't metal then you can buy a spool of jewelry wire (think 30 gauge) and use that to hang crystals. Or get creative, you can use sisal rope for a more beachy look or how about fishing line?
Once you have your crystals hung, why not try adding some seashells or even pearls for a "mermaid" inspired finish?
Looking for color ideas?
Silver chandelier with clear and aqua crystals
Soft blue with clear crystals
How about adding seaglass to your chandelier
Just have fun and relax with your beach house crystal chandelier. I mean, isn't that what the beach is all about...relaxing?
- Jun 10, 2020
Several modern crystal chandeliers are often very ornate with dozens of lamps and complex arrays of glass shapes to illuminate the room in many intricate patterns. More often, you can observe such from a five star hotel or from homes of wealthy families. Buying a crystal chandelier could be of a luxury to any average family but to some filthy rich people it is their pride to expose the grandeur of their house. The fixture's popularity has been a status symbol from the 15th century up to this point of time. No average family could ever afford to buy this lighting fixture for the purpose of illuminating their house. Not to mention that crystal chandeliers are use to efficiently lighten up large halls during medieval period. They were used in medieval churches and abbeys.
Way back in 15th century, chandeliers based on ring and crown designs began to become popular decorative features. This paved the way to the status symbol in every society. By early 18th century, chandeliers made of ornate cast brass flourished among the house of merchant classes, also development of glass making during this time lead to the production of cheaper lead crystal. The light scattering properties of this highly refractive glass became more prominent which piloted the production of crystal chandeliers. Through out the years more complex and elaborate ceiling fixtures continued to develop until the widespread introduction of gas and eventually electrical lighting which devalued the traditional form of its lighting appeal.
Towards the end of 20th century, crystal chandeliers were used as a decorative focal point to any room, which defeated the purpose of illuminating large rooms. Now, the world's biggest crystal chandelier is located in Dolmabahce Palace, Turkey. It was a gift from Britain to His Imperial Majesty, The Emperor of the Ottomans.
This majestic charm of crystal chandelier is attracting people to decorate their houses with grandiosity. Currently, you can have a variety of different designs of these ceiling fixtures being sold in the market. Your taste would actually depend on how you would like to exude classicism on your own house. You may want to have it made from crystal, wrought iron, brass and others. To find the right style chandelier for your home, simply begin with a color or a material that is predominant in the decoration scheme of the room. What catches your eye in the room? What type of statement do you want to make? If the room is more traditional, choose crystal chandeliers with more ornamentation and decorative details. If your home is modern, opt for less ornamentation and simpler details.
- Mar 11, 2020
If you are planning to add an extra spark to your home interiors, consider adding chandeliers. Apart from providing light, chandeliers also offer added elegance and charm to your rooms. There are many options to select from, which may also be requested as custom made. People usually pick the crystal chandelier selection because such an exquisitely done ornament can be considered to be a beautiful piece of art that you can add to your home.
When you are shopping for a chandelier, you might be spending some time thinking around of the right crystal chandelier selection that fits your home, not only in size and shape but in style and charm as well. There are a lot of choices. You have a vast option from crystal chandeliers that sparkle to crystal chandeliers that twinkle. The factors to consider in finding the right fit for a crystal chandelier include the function of the room, the size and color of the room, and the overall motif of the home. The appropriate crystal chandelier selection indeed takes a lot of work, but it will be worth your time.
One option when looking for the appropriate crystal chandelier selection for your home is to look at home improvement stores that are so numerous these days. Often times these stores display a wide selection that you can purchase and take home on the same day. If you do not find what you are looking for there, another option is to look over specialty stores. Crystal chandeliers can normally be ordered if not in stock. Some even allow the customer to make their own personalized design to some extent.
Just as fashion ornaments the way you look, so does your crystal chandelier selection adds a slice of glamour to your home along with the more minimal lines of contemporary furniture. Crystal chandeliers were once fitted only for grander period interiors due to its elaborate style and design. However, in the last few years, we have witnessed this home lighting embellishment revitalized with a more contemporary look that can fit with contemporary interior styles and arrangements.
The innovation of crystal chandelier styles is characterized as a merging between more traditional elements with modern furnishings. The way it is popularized by more and more households makes crystal chandelier selection a normal undertaking when you are planning to decorate or redecorate your home interior.
At recent design shows in London, including Grand Designs Live, contemporary designs such as the Large Willow Crystal light—a crystal chandelier featuring Egyptian crystal droplets draped from sculptural chrome arms—are welcomed by the audience who are now more open to unorthodox and bolder designs. Just some few years ago, matching is a crucial thing when it comes to crystal chandelier selections. Now, people are more daring to try out radical perspectives and daring styles.
Black is particularly a key trend in crystal chandelier selections, which curiously gives a new spin to the traditional crystal. The French Bedroom Company's "Von Teese"—named after burlesque performer Dita Von Teese—captivates the look of this baroque chic. Its largest version ever made has been featured on Channel 4's Big Brother. Black adds a classic taste to crystal chandelier selections. They become not only just another aesthetic agent to the home but also are made to last through time. In addition, these black crystal chandeliers are highly adaptable. It can be placed wherever you feel putting them. Such a crystal chandelier design frees up the constraints imposed by more traditional selections.
Take the time to find the best chandelier for your home. Consider where it will be and the room's purpose. Also, consider your tastes and the style of your home. Of course, you will be limited by a budget, perhaps, but taking time to look in all the possible places (online, home improvement store, and specialty stores) will give you many options.
- Feb 21, 2020