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Why Your Kitchen Needs a Chandelier

Placing chandeliers in a kitchenChandeliers aren't just for grand ballrooms, lobbies, and dining rooms. These light fixtures are versatile enough to add beauty and elegance to any room. Instead of keeping the ceiling bare and bland, you can add the interest quotient to it by installing chandeliers of unique designs and different sizes.

Modern interior designers often place interesting chandeliers in places like libraries, bathrooms, and kitchens too. In fact, the latter has become one of the most popular places to hang a chandelier.

Why Does Your Kitchen Need a Chandelier?

Most homeowners are reluctant to hang chandeliers in their kitchens because they believe the fixture would be a nightmare to clean. They also don’t want something that would overwhelm the design of the room and appear ostentatious. However, the design of chandeliers has evolved over time, and they’re not always grand and overwhelming. Here are some reasons why you should hang one in your kitchen:

Centrepiece

A chandelier can be an excellent centrepiece in an otherwise bland kitchen. It’ll immediately catch your attention and become the focus of the room. This gives your kitchen flow and organisation, which is why designers love to add chandeliers to kitchens spaces.

Softness with Symmetry

You might’ve noticed that kitchens are very symmetrical with clean lines and sharp angles. Most designers will add something to the room to balance out the harsh lines and make the overall look and feel a little softer. One of the best ways to do that is to add a chandelier because it would add dimension and depth to the room.

Balance the Room

The kitchen can look a little lopsided and out of balance if there’s nothing to balance out the design. The walls and the floor have cabinets and countertops, but the ceiling is bare and without any sort of texture. That can create a sense of imbalance in the design that a chandelier can correct.

Brightness

Kitchens can become very dark and dull without proper lighting. Unfortunately, normal lights can sometimes be too harsh and white. Chandeliers don’t provide straight and focused light, but rather something softer and with shadows. The light from chandeliers is often dispersed and can soften the look of the entire room.

How to Choose the Right Chandelier

White kitchen

If you don’t want the light to stand out like a sore thumb, you need to choose something that complements the design of your kitchen. Here are some suggestions that would help you:

Size

The size of your chandelier should complement the size of the kitchen. Small and narrow kitchens with low ceilings require smaller, more discreet chandeliers. If the chandelier hangs too low from the ceiling, you won’t be able to work comfortably in the kitchen.

Focus on the Island

Chandeliers are often placed over the island, which can complement it quite well. The two fixtures will balance each other out and create depth and dimension in your room.

Easy to Clean

You need to pick something that’s easy to clean and doesn’t require too much maintenance. The environment in the kitchen can become oily and greasy, no matter how well ventilated the room is. If you install a very intricate chandelier with dozens of crystals, you’ll have a very difficult time cleaning the fixture.

Intricate crystal chandeliers are very tempting, but try and stick to simple and easy-to-clean installations for your kitchen. Choose blown glass or wood chandeliers instead of crystal ones.

You should also be very careful about the location of the chandelier. Placing it directly above the stovetop is very risky and can cause damage to the fixture over time. If you choose the right chandelier and place it in the right location, however, your kitchen would look beautiful and bright.