Centuries before the invention of electricity, oil lamps, candles and firelight were the primary sources of light at night. Gas lamps and chandeliers followed in the 19th century. The earliest chandeliers were simple wooden boards with spikes to hold wax candles. These primitive chandeliers were raised and lowered by chains or rope to light and extinguish the candles. The earliest candle chandeliers were found in churches and monasteries as well as in palaces and the wealthiest homes. With the invention of gas lighting and later electricity, candle chandeliers were adapted and wired for the latest technologies. The candle form continued to be popular long after wax candles were used. Today's candle chandeliers have all the charm and style of their antique predecessors.
The large candle chandelier with 18 lamps in this foyer creates a grand statement. The large scale of the chandelier is perfect for the double height ceiling and grand stair case. The scrolling arms of the chandelier complement the wrought iron baluster of the staircase and the ornate front door. Choosing a chandelier that repeats design elements and lines from other elements in the room creates a well designed room.
Candle wall sconces in a matching style to the chandelier illuminate the entrance. Having other lighting in the space creates a balanced light for the space. The candlelight from the chandelier will create a soft glowing light. Candle chandeliers can also be used in dining rooms and powder rooms, anywhere that would look beautiful in soft, diffused candlelight.Transitional chandeliers and wall sconces come in many finishes including bronze, chrome, nickel and steel. Some chandeliers have glass globes or fabric shades. The transitional chandelier in this dining room adds dynamic energy with its swirling lines, but keeps things simple with clean lines.