Bronze chandeliers have truly evolved over the years. They have changed from production, how they are lit to style. When the structure was first derived, it was crafted out of cast, suspended from the ceiling and held candles. Bronze was used for detail work and decoration. Throughout time, it has become easier to create the look of original pieces through scroll work.
What gives this particular look personality is that you could find this in all types of homes from the simple cottage in the country to castles and chalets. This gives it character as gold, silver and brass were used less by the average person. It also has a darker finish than other popular metals. Antique fixtures are now very expensive and most have been retrofitted to use electricity, as it is more practical than candles.
There are many different styles of chandeliers that fit any decorating style that you are trying to achieve. The Victorian style, Hitallo, is a four light suspension where the Spanish or Mediterranean style would have multiple tiers and have glass shades. Antique pendant lighting tends to be more ornate than now. Antiques are have anywhere from three lights or candle holders to eighteen, multi tier, light.
What remains the same is that these pieces can be either very simple or very lavish. The simple can be as basic as a seemingly like skeleton, nothing in place that does not serve a specific, practical function. The more extravagant, on the other hand, may have hundred of dangling, pendant crystals and may be adorned with blow or etched glass shaded.
The typical thought behind purchasing a bronze fixture, is that while it is a strong piece, it can be understated and does not always immediately draw attention to itself. A classic, simple piece is wonderful in a minimalist environment but still adds taste and class to the area.
Although the bronze chandelier started as a convenient way to light a room, they have become a part of history. They are fluent throughout cultures and time and will not disappear from modern decorating.
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