The Evolution of the Chandelier



The chandelier is without a doubt one of the most popular decorative objects in the past, due to its symbol of triumph and social standing. Today, it remains as such with a range of additional functions to meet the various needs of modern society.

Originally used in the late 18th century and early 19th century as a means of lighting up dark spaces in homes, the chandelier has evolved to become more than just a light source. It has become an object of beauty and design. Let’s take a look at how it has evolved.

Evolution of Chandelier

The evolution of the chandelier began with candle holders, which were first used by the Romans. These candleholders had candles placed at various heights and were designed to be mounted on walls or ceilings. The candles were lit using a flame or fire from an oil lamp.

The Romans also used oil lamps in their homes during celebrations, like weddings, to provide light for guests and family members who attended these events at night.

As time went on, people became more interested in having chandeliers, which have gone from being made of candles, to being lit by gas or electricity, and now they are even available in a variety of designs, including nature-inspired organic lighting.

Common Chandelier Designs

There are many different designs of chandeliers today because there is no set standard for what constitutes a 'chandelier'. This is why we're sharing with you some of the common chandelier designs in Singapore.

1. Crystal Chandeliers

As the name suggests, this type of chandelier has crystals that are made of glass filled with lead oxide which makes it appear more brilliant with a prismatic look. It can give a dramatic statement to any space in your house.

2. Modern Chandeliers

If you prefer a chandelier that is less elaborate but still looks aesthetically pleasing and functional, then modern chandeliers are for you as they come in geometrical shapes, and look simple with few embellishments.

3. Contemporary Chandeliers

In contrast to modern chandelier designs, contemporary chandeliers are more elaborate with different textures and shapes. It can also be deemed as trendy since it takes ideas and styles from a different eras.

4. Drum Chandeliers

As the name suggests, this type of chandelier has a drum-shaped shade with a series of lights to illuminate the entire room or space. This makes it ideal for use in large spaces like the living room with a high ceiling or a dining hall.

5. Mini Chandeliers

Chandeliers are usually available in large pieces. However, there are mini chandeliers that can be used to improve the lighting in smaller spaces such as the bedroom or entertainment room.

6. Nature-inspired Organic Chandeliers

The lighting ornaments on this type of chandelier often resemble the forms in nature such as the leaves, flowers, branches, and water. These can be unique and refined to fit seamlessly into any space, be it classical or modern.

7. Hybrid Chandeliers

If the styles above aren't for you, there are hybrid chandeliers that are a combination of different styles. With this type of chandelier, you are sure to get a variety of combinations.

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