There is absolutely no denying the fact that lighting plays the most important role in defining the appeal of any interior. While great lighting can elevate the ambiance of a space and turn even a mediocre room into a captivating setting, poor lighting technique can bring a dreary dullness to even the most beautifully decorated home. While recessed lighting, pendant lights, and table lamps have their own unique charm, nothing matches the visual impact and the grandeur of a sparkling chandelier. When it comes to the world of illumination, chandeliers are undeniably royalty! And leading this majestic pack is the gorgeous cascading chandelier.
by Johnston Design Group
This probably is also the reason why they are so easily identified with pageantry, panache and sophisticated elegance. Cascading chandeliers range from floating bubbles to shiny crystals and whimsical LED strands that seem to be hanging precariously from their base attached to the ceiling. From the extravagant to the abstract, these tiered wonders come in a variety of shapes and finishes. Spectacular and functional, here is a collection of the very best –
by Grossman Photography
by Tobi Fairley Interior Design
by Shirry Dolgin
by Sutton Suzuki Architects
by Stuart Silk Architects – Limited PS
Dining with the Stars
The popular trend in the last few years has been to use a single large pendant light or even a series of pendant lights above the dining table. But a cascading chandelier is a far more enchanting option that also offers greater illumination. While many homeowners might believe that a large cascading chandelier might be a bit overwhelming for the small dining area, you will be surprised at how beautiful it looks when done right. With open floor plans taking over most homes, it makes perfect sense in the greater scheme of things. This also allows you to define and anchor the dining area spatially without the use of any walls or area rugs.
by Light In Art
by alene workman interior design
by Giulietti Schouten Architects
Another great advantage of the cascading chandelier above the dining table is the instant focal point that it creates. When it comes to choosing the right chandelier, size is the key. Pick a piece that is proportional to the remainder of the room. Also consider the visual weight of the chandelier and remember that the hefty looking chandeliers look good in spacious, airy rooms, while the light and breezy incarnations are at home in smaller, more compact spaces.
by ibrahim radwan
by Roy Campana Photography
by Pelletier + Schaar
Step Up the Style!
Cascading chandeliers vary from delicate pieces that use simple crystal strands to complex creations that standout as astounding sculptural additions. One of the best places to incorporate an imposing chandelier is the space next to the stairs. If you happen to have multi-story staircase, then a cool cascading chandelier that transcends these different levels with sparkling glee is the perfect decoration to enliven the area. Stylish contemporary chandeliers come with 18 to 36 such single lights that are suspended at different levels and combine to make up one amazing decor addition.
by John Maniscalco Architecture
by CLAUDIA LUJAN
Try and complement the overall architectural makeup of the stairs with that of the lighting fixture. Those with a sleek, spiral staircase can bring home a cascading chandelier that has intricate curves and maybe even a corkscrew design. In case of a more traditional stairs, uncomplicated and crisp straight lines get the job done. Choose wisely as that this one chandelier will completely alter the dynamic of the entrance and the landing areas of the staircase on every level.
by Rize Stairs
by Pfuner Design
by Summerour Architects
by Garret Cord Werner Architects & Interior Designers
by Lencioni Construction
Shining a Spotlight
Cascading chandeliers need not be relegated to expansive dining room and elaborate stairways alone. They are a simple, yet effective way of adding polished elegance to pretty much any room without going overboard. A staggered chandelier above the trendy coffee table in the living room or a crystal-studded beauty in the spa-like master bathroom could be that final missing piece in the picture-perfect look that you have been craving for since years! Use the chandelier as an opportunity to introduce a new geometric shape without going for a serious renovation.
by West Chin Architects & Interior Designers
by mark pinkerton – vi360 photography
Beyond a shadow of a doubt, cascading chandeliers are definitely not for those who prefer a quiet and understated look. They are all about painting a bold and mesmerizing picture that will leave your guests enthralled. Gift yourselves one of these stunning pieces this season and you will start to view the world around you in a whole new light!
by Heather Garrett Design
by Dayna Katlin Interiors
by Begrand Fast Design
by PROjECT. interiors + Aimee Wertepny