The living room or hall is the main room of the whole house. It is quite natural that you want to decorate it as best you can. A correctly chosen chandelier will help in this matter, emphasizing all the advantages of the room and hiding possible shortcomings.
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The hall has a special place in the apartment. It hosts guests, arranges family celebrations, and spends time together. They try to get the best in the living room: the best furniture, the best curtains, the best lighting fixture.
The choice of a suitable chandelier for the hall is made depending on a number of requirements for this significant part of the entire interior, and the most important of them is by no means an aesthetic component. It is much more important for the chandelier to do its job well - to create a sufficient level of lighting. If this is not the case, you will have to get rid of the model you like due to its lack of functionality.
It is necessary to choose a model that fits harmoniously into the interior in terms of dimensions. For example, in a large room, a single small lamp, more suitable for the kitchen, is unlikely to look good; for a small room, on the contrary, it is inappropriate to use a bulky crystal model.
Stylish content is one of the cornerstones of the creation of the entire composition.
Many of the modern stylistics favor the use of mixing, but this approach requires a subtle artistic taste and an unmistakable flair. These qualities, frankly, are not possessed by everyone, including even professional designers. The simplest and most unmistakable option is to buy a chandelier that fits neatly into the style of the room.
When choosing, it is necessary to take into account the features of the material from which the chandelier is made. Not all materials will look good in the living room interior; often you will have to refuse to use certain options. Finishing details usually come to the rescue, with which it is allowed to decorate lamps for the hall almost unlimitedly (within the limits of good tone, of course). Interspersed with the materials you like against the background of the main body look sophisticated and refined, while satisfying the taste of the owners.
By and large, it is typical for a living room to choose only two types of chandeliers: pendant and overhead. Depending on the area of the room, they can be supplemented with spot illumination or hang not one by one, but in pairs.
- Suspended ceiling model is the traditional choice for high ceilings from 3 m. This is the oldest of all and the most common. Usually suspended models are attached with a chain or cord. They come in various configurations, differ in styles and dimensions.
- There are also hanging models on the bar. With its help, you can adjust the height of the chandelier, either by lowering it, highlighting an important element (for example, a sofa), or raising it, returning diffused lighting to the room. Such options are especially good for combined rooms, for example, a dining room.
During the celebration, you can slightly lower the chandelier, further focusing on the dining table.
Ceiling mounted chandeliers are in no way inferior to hanging ones in decorative characteristics.They occupy a significantly lower height, making them a suitable choice for rooms with low ceilings. There are both flat and curly models, complemented by many design elements: pendants, decorative inserts, rhinestones
Most of the models are made with static light. This familiar option does not require additional hassle, moreover, static-light chandeliers are cheaper. Recently, however, more and more chandeliers with a dimmer appear, which is responsible for adjusting the lighting level. The dimmer can be a switch at the same time.
Luminaires equipped with the ability to switch colors are also selected. These models come with a remote control. Backlight colors vary: green, blue, red, yellow. Diodes can be built in in a single light, or in several, in order to replace each other in turn.
Today, quite a few directions are used to decorate halls. There are both classic and modern options. The ceiling chandelier should fully match the chosen style or complement it beautifully.
Chandeliers in classic style usually multi-track, with fabric shades. Such bulky suspended structures are suitable only for rooms of impressive size with high ceilings. If it is decided to hang two such lamps, they should be chosen completely identical, but one is slightly larger and the other is smaller.
Living room furnishings with baroque elements - modern classic. In some cases, it is the chandelier that helps to create a completely finished picture of royalty and grandeur. Choose bulky crystal or light-colored wrought iron designs. Crystal lamps can be either pendant or overhead, the main thing is to choose an option with many decorative pendants, an abundance of glitter.
Style "Provence" requires the installation of a multi-track chandelier on a light carved base, complemented by fabric shades. For living rooms, the use of trim elements, lace, curtains, volumetric floral appliqués is encouraged.
For the hall loft style the best solution would be to install a large chandelier - "spider", made in atypical colors (for example, black copper). It is also possible to hang a "spider" structure of cords, but in this case the dramatic effect may be lost.
To the living room style minimalism a volumetric lamp that looks more like a work of art is suitable. Make sure that the geometric purity of the lines is maintained: even the curves must be precisely adjusted. For minimalism, it is worth sticking to the traditional color scheme: the range from black to white, but only in this monochrome segment.
Chandeliers for the hall can be made in both neutral colors and rich bright shades. The second option is only suitable for those rooms that are appropriately furnished or if the chandelier acts as an interior accent.
Neutral colors can vary, it's not just black, white, transparent. The pistachio, green, dark blue, beige model will look no worse, and by choosing an atypical tone, it will turn out to make the interior original and unique.
The color purple should be used with caution, its excess will lead to a feeling of coldness, detachment.
Small inclusions can bring an aura of mystery to the room, make the atmosphere of the hall more mysterious, and arrange those present for intimate conversations.
Transparent crystal or glass chandeliers are the best choice for those who cannot decide to buy a color version. There is a huge range of chandeliers on the market with transparent shades or decorated pendants, so finding a suitable option for any style and size is not difficult.
When choosing a chandelier in two colors, proceed with caution. It is important to preserve the atmosphere of grandeur and solemnity in the living room, and not make it too childish. Choose combinations in which one color will be neutral and the other bright, for example, transparent and lilac, bronze and white, emerald and delicate yellow-beige.
Metallized coatings are of particular interest. There are many different textures: bronze, black copper, chrome satin, classic gilding and many others. Lampshades for such bases are best chosen in classic white colors, so as not to distract attention from the interesting color of the frame.
In general, fashion is quite loyal to almost all colors, so you can safely choose a shade to your liking and use it in the design of the hall.
Finding the right size for the room may seem like a daunting task, but the reality is different. Professionals have deduced several formulas to determine all the parameters.
In order to calculate the diameter of the chandelier, you need to know the following values:
- Room width, m;
- Room length, m
Now you need to add them together, and multiply the resulting amount by 10. As a result, you will get the required diameter in cm.
For example, the diameter of a chandelier in a 2x3 meter room should be only 60 cm, and for a 6x8 m hall - already 140 cm. It is logical that large lamps should be installed in spacious rooms, and small ones - in small ones.
To calculate the height of a chandelier, you need to know the following:
- Chain length (standard is 75 cm);
- Height from the floor to the lowest point of the chandelier (not less than 1.9 m);
- Ceiling height.
Now divide the ceiling height by 4.
If the resulting value is greater than the length of the chain, then you have the opportunity to install a pendant chandelier. Otherwise, it is better to give preference to the overhead model.
Next, you need to check whether the distance between the floor and the bottom point of the chandelier is more than 190 cm. To do this, subtract the height of the chandelier with the chain from the height of the ceilings.
For example, the ceiling height is 3.5 m.Then the height of the chandelier is 350 cm / 4 = 87.5 cm.If you add the standard chain length, you get 87.5 + 75 = 162.5 cm.Now you need to check if there is enough distance for walk remains: 350-162.5 = 187.5 - the distance is close to the classic one, you need to choose either a chandelier a little lower, or shorten the chain.
When choosing a chandelier that will be longer or wider than the values obtained, carefully think about its relevance and convenience: whether it will interfere with walking or too clutter up the central space of the living room.
The choice of materials from which chandeliers are made for the living room is quite large, ranging from budget (paper, plastic) to elite (bronze, rock crystal).
Models made of metal are popular. They can be made by artistic forging from iron (luxury options) or aluminum (the most democratic models). Aluminum is a lightweight flexible material that is suitable for mounting to many surfaces, while iron requires reinforced fastening due to its heavy weight.
Metal bases are most often complemented with glass or fabric shades. Glass structures open up an almost unlimited field of experimentation: you can choose clear or frosted glass, patterned or smooth. Stained glass models are of particular interest. Depending on the class niche, they can be assembled from different pieces of glass or simply painted.
Mirror options also look quite unusual, allowing you to reflect light and make the lighting more intense.
Imitations for crystal chandeliers are often made of glass. They look almost identical to the original, and are several times cheaper. Pretentious multi-tiered structures made of crystal or glass are classics of the genre for halls with high ceilings.
Fabric models do not stand aside, offering a fairly large selection of shapes and sizes of shades. There are frame models (with the usual ribs-seams) and on a plastic backing. The substrate can be of different shades: silver, white, translucent or completely matte. Fabric models allow you to create unusual soft diffused lighting of any shade.
Less commonly, products are produced from wood, paper, and plastic.
Truly high-quality models are produced by a number of European countries: Germany, Spain, Czech Republic, Italy and others. Among the list of the best examples, there are many English and Austrian models, which, however, are more expensive than other representatives. If you are a classic lover, take a look at German and Czech chandeliers. These countries produce very high quality conservative samples, and if desired, you can find a reasonable price (especially among lamps from Germany).
Italy is a trendsetter. It was Italian factories that began to produce the most fashionable designs earlier than others. If your budget allows, be sure to buy a chandelier from the latest Italian collection. Even the classic models are equipped with some cutting edge details.
Spanish models are distinguished by great design boldness. If you need to choose a high-tech or modern chandelier, be sure to pay attention to the models from Spain, most likely, you can easily find what you need.
It is worth dwelling on chandeliers from Turkey. Turkish manufacturers offer a large selection of current high quality models at affordable prices, which is why Turkey is among the market leaders on a par with Europe.
Russian manufacturers offer models of fairly average quality at prices comparable to European ones. A meager assortment of variations is presented, most of which are already outdated. As sad as it is to admit, buying a Russian chandelier is not the best choice.
Cheap Chinese designs have all but disappeared as people began to think about the importance of product quality, not just price.
Luxurious lamps for the hall must definitely catch the eye. That is why it is best not to save money, especially when it comes to richly decorated models.
Decor is welcome, especially if it is combined with both the environment and the style of the room. The main thing is the principle of correspondence: it is better not to use decor at all than to use inappropriate. For example, for a Scandinavian interior, you should not use stained glass blotches, while for eclectic styles such a technique is normal.
The most interesting idea today is the combination of a classic crystal chandelier and a fabric lampshade. Lampshades for such purposes are usually made of translucent materials that transmit color well, but at the same time slightly muffle it.
Another idea is to enclose an elaborate crystal chandelier with pendants inside a wrought iron frame made of roughly finished metal.
The play on contrasts always attracts attention, regardless of whether the contrast of textures or colors is used. In this case, both options are combined: a forged lampshade is usually chosen in black while maintaining the transparency of glass or crystal.
It is popular to use chandeliers with natural symbols. The sphere looks unusual, as if composed of intertwined twigs; Before buying, you need to honestly answer the question in advance if you are ready to live with such eerie lighting all the time. Imitation of the inhabitants of the animal world is also used, for example, the frame can be completely covered with butterflies or the glass chandelier itself in shape resembles a woven ball of snakes, jellyfish, octopus.
How to choose the right one?
Choosing a chandelier sometimes means breaking the rules.It happens that floor lamps complete with a pre-selected chandelier do not look at all, then you either have to buy new floor lamps or a new chandelier.
Popular space zoning ideas are using LEDs, installing multiple fixtures at different levels, or installing more than one chandelier. Two chandeliers in the living room no longer surprise anyone, but you need to choose the right models for each other.
To beautifully combine a pair of ceiling lights, you can use the following solutions:
- For a room with high ceilings, you need to choose pendant chandeliers of the same model, but of different sizes. It is allowed to hang them at different heights.
- For a small room, the length and width of which are noticeably different (for example, a too narrow room), an interesting choice would be to install two identical models in different colors. To equalize the proportions, bring the dark model closer to the viewer with the lighter one for the far end.
- Placing completely identical chandeliers is a classic style move that gives the room a more sophisticated look.
- If you want to add a little modernity to the previous version, just change the lampshades on one of the chandeliers. Identical models with identical bases, but different shades look dynamic and fresh.
Beautiful examples in the interior
The design of the chandelier and other lamps should overlap. In this living room, this rule is followed with accuracy, both models are made of the same material, in the same color scheme, and also have approximately the same shape.
The pompousness of the room can be maintained by using unusually selected light sources. A majestic large chandelier is complemented not by ordinary bulbs, but in the form of candles. A similar technique made the interior as a whole more interesting, regal and at the same time more comfortable.
The crystal chandelier, enclosed in a wrought-iron sphere, looks ultra-modern and at the same time pays tribute to the classic styles. Such a luminaire provides sufficient illumination, since, by and large, the bulbs are not covered by anything.
If the height of the ceilings in the room is truly royal, you can safely install a group composition of hanging fanciful lamps. They will create the desired level of lighting, as well as visually "tighten" the living room, adding coziness to it.
When choosing an ultra-modern unusual model, think about whether you will still like it when the fashion for it passes. A chandelier like this, similar to air bubbles, cannot be used anywhere else except in this living room; therefore, all repairs will need to be "adjusted" to it every time.
Here is a similar design, however, it is complemented by several identical models of slightly smaller size, decorating the dining table.
You will learn more about chandeliers for the hall and living room in the following video.