The Magic of Chandeliers

Tony Duquette said that the light at night should shine up on you, like the light of a bonfire glowing and throwing shadows, and  “the chandelier in a room should be the stars in the sky at night”.  This enchanted language about interiors stayed with me long after reading his book. Perhaps there’s nothing that makes a room more magical than a beautiful chandelier?  Lighting is to me one of the most important aspects of interiors, as it has the power not only to alter your mood, it can also completely make or break any design.

Haven’t you ever been to a restaurant with a spot light right in your face when you’re trying to eat your dinner? Easy way to ruin a night, and deadly on a first date!  Who ever came up with that design trend?? So adding magical lighting to a room with an over sized chandelier in any shape or form, is perhaps one of my favorite things. Nothing moves your senses more.

Interior design: Summer Thornton

Designer Summer Thornton proves the point in this beautiful room.

Interior design: Tony Duquette

The master himself designed this space and with a disco ball inside the crystal chandelier.

Let there be light!

Interior design: Summer Thornton

A large chandelier adds not only instant glamour it also sets the mood perfectly.

I bet going to sleep in here, you feel like the chandelier is the stars in the night.

Adding glimmer before dusk.

Interior design: Kelly Wearstler

This over sized chandelier over a small table is a fantastic way to create a sense of wonder.

Image BalustradesandBitters.

Bet this dining area looks even more fantastic at night!

Love all the different interpretations. This one must be beautiful at night!

Interior design: Emily Henderson

Imagine the room without the chandelier...

Image via Lonny magazine.

Even a inexpensive IKEA fixture adds a great feeling with it’s sheer size and whimsical design.

And as darkness starts to fall…wouldn’t you rather be dining in here under a beautiful chandelier?

Image Soho House New York.

Pretending to be dining out in the open under the stars? Instead of sitting at a table being bothered by some terribly placed spot light?

I certainly would!

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20 thoughts on “The Magic of Chandeliers

  1. Oh, this is so up my alley! In fact, I am having a new crystal chandy installed TODAY in our new family room!!! THANK YOU FOR VISITING and your kind words; that just makes anyone's day! ENJOY and dream, live, and love!! Anita

  2. You find the best images my friend! And yes the right lighting is absolutely key in a room and for the mood!

    Stunning chandeliers. But I also LOVE that yellow wing back chair w. the stripe. You are opening my eyes for more color!



  3. Right on again Jill! Love this! Anything re: the Great Tony Duquette, I want to see! Have you seen the jewelry he's designed? Expect nothing less from that, either- go to 1st dibs- you must see what's left of his jewelry!
    Just goes to show you how close interior design and jewelry are- the placing of color, the selection of different size stones- architectural!!! Sad, because once these are dispersed in the world, that's it! Be sure to hit the jewelry button when searching Tony Duquette on 1stdibs, it's a must see!

  4. Oh, swoon, swoon! Love this post. I actually have the one from Ikea mixed in with some more expensive/ high end pieces. However, the one from Ikea is probably most people's favourite when they come to the house. Goes to show that cost doesn't mean a thing:-)

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