An evocative object of fascination and delight a vintage chandelier can become the focal point in many contemporary design schemes.
If you are lucky enough to come across one in a flea market or bazaar, snap it up! A vintage chandelier is a highly collectable item and totally in vogue right now. New pendant chandeliers are readily available from all manner of sources, but a genuine vintage chandelier will offer more originality. Many old chandeliers have subtle style nuances that you are unlikely to find in modern reproductions. For example a wide array of beautiful coloured crystal droplets may be creatively combined in one vintage chandelier. If you don’t want to try your luck and find a vintage chandelier by chance there are a number of companies who specialize in sourcing and restoring fine examples of old chandeliers. Of course the cost of these will be more expensive than if you find one on a market stall. Anything from £350 to a few thousand pounds!
All types of contemporary interiors would benefit from the addition of a real vintage chandelier, from ulra chic minimalist through to more eclectic style. A ‘shabby chic’ chandelier will add charm if you want to achieve an atmosphere of careless sophistication or maybe a French country house effect in your home. A magnificent vintage chandelier made from multiple glittering crystals might have once been part of the interior design of a stately home or even a palace. Now that same elegant piece could take in pride of place in your home adding a touch of pure luxury and grandeur.
Very Versatile Vintage Chandelier
Vintage chandeliers come in all shapes and sizes and date from any number of fascinating eras. Electric chandeliers have been around since the early 1900’s when electricity started to replace gas lighting. A favourite material for electric chandelier manufacturers was wrought iron. This could be twisted into a range of complicated curved designs with relative ease. This is the most likely type of vintage chandelier that you would find on a flea market. Apart from the vintage chandelier being fabulous in its own right, its complex shape and sinuous outlines could inspire you to produce other art works or designs within your room setting. This would create a stunning coordinated effect. Maybe apply one or two bold stenciled designs of the chandelier to feature walls or even display a series of Andy Warhol style paintings or prints, based on the chandelier, just as a couple of random examples.
The beauty of a genuine vintage chandelier is that it will have a history, and you can imagine the story of its existence, the homes it has graced and the eras it has survived through. Every old object has a story to tell.