Modern Rustic With Wrought Iron Chandeliers
Chandeliers are one of the most loved lighting fixtures and for good reason. Contemporary chandeliers embody a bold style that makes a statement in formal dining rooms, foyers, and even large bathrooms. Wrought iron chandeliers combine the best of farmhouse and rustic styles and some of their favorite aesthetic - a focus on material, craftsmanship, and simplicity.
Tips for Choosing a Wrought Iron Chandelier
When choosing a chandelier, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with the sheer number of options available. Most people focus on the style of the chandelier and this is a great starting point. however, there's a little more to picking the right chandelier for your space.
The right chandelier will complement the room’s overall aesthetic so it’s important to understand how different chandelier types will look when installed. For example, spaces with a minimalist décor style benefit form chandeliers with clean lines and brilliant LEDs. Wrought iron chandeliers bode well with modern spaces that employ an industrial theme characterized by dark metal finishes with a black patina and with rustic appeal. Mid-century modern spaces look greet with the 1950s inspired fixtures, such as Sputnik chandeliers. In addition to highly contemporary fixtures, an array of chandeliers is well suited to traditional spaces. These include elegant crystal chandeliers and gleaming brass chandeliers.
Once you're aware of the different types of chandeliers, it’s time to focus on finish options and lighting types. Modern chandeliers offer a bevy of finish options ranging from sleek chrome to burnished steel to bronze. Ideally, the finish option you choose should complement existing furniture and accessories, but it’s okay to think outside the box and opt for a finish that contrasts with existing pieces.
In terms of lighting, be mindful of how the space will be used to ensure you choose a lamping type that meets your needs. Generally, there are three major lighting types: uplighting, downlighting, and ambient lighting. As suggested by the names, each type is based on where light is directed. For dining areas, downlight chandeliers are a wise choice since these provide both focused downlighting as well as ambient lighting that subtly illuminates the entire space. For spaces like foyers or large corridors, uplight chandeliers add drama by reflecting off nearby surfaces.
The brightness is the next thing that’s important to consider when picking out a new chandelier. Ideally, the brightness level is based on the square footage of the space. Since the chandelier serves as the focal point of a space, its output should be greater than that of surrounding fixtures such as sconces and table lamps.
Simply put, lumens refer to the amount of light emitted from an LED bulb and the higher the lumen count, the brighter the illumination. Ideally, chandeliers should have a lumen count that is based on the square footage of the space. As a general rule, 300-400 lumens per 100 square feet provides the perfect amount of ambient lighting. By keeping the lumen count within these parameters, other light sources like sconces or table lamps will be complemented by the chandelier instead of overtaken by it.
In addition to choosing a wrought iron chandelier that visually coordinates with your space, there are few more things to keep in mind. The positioning of your chandelier or linear suspension is key, as this is the focal point of your room. For dining areas, it is recommended that chandeliers be hung in the center of the ceiling and drop to about 30 inches above a tabletop. A general rule is to add 3 inches to the drop for each foot of ceiling over 9 feet. This height is optimal for displaying the chandelier as well as ensuring that your view isn’t obstructed.