The chandelier is the original ceiling lighting fixture. The earliest chandeliers were made up of wooden boards with spikes for candles. These boards were often in the form of a cross or an x. Raised and lowered by rope or chain, early chandeliers provided overhead lighting in the wealthiest of homes and churches.
Nobility, royalty and the wealthy merchant classes often had chandeliers in their homes. As tastes and designs changed, chandeliers became more elaborate and ornate in the 18th century. Wood chandeliers were replaced with bronze and iron, ormolu and brass, and often hung with lead crystal drops that reflected the light. In the 19th century oil replaced candles and later chandeliers were electrified. Many antique chandeliers were wired for electricity in the 20th century.
This Art Deco influenced glass and nickel transitional style chandelier is a perfect example of how a chandelier can add glamor to a space. The glass and silvery shine add a touch of sparkle to the dining room. The modern lines of Art Deco style work with transitional, contemporary and even more traditional furniture styles to create a beautiful design that feels current. A transitional chandelier with shades can diffuse the light, making the room glow in the evening. If there is a lot of dark furniture in the room, choose a chandelier like this one that is composed mostly of glass with sparkling metal accents. The room will feel lighter. Notice how the chandelier is hung about three feet above the table, creating an intimate feeling.