A piece that would not go amiss in your house is a chandelier – they are gorgeous are statements to have in any room of the house and provide endless style and class. However, not everyone knows how to choose a chandelier and/or maintain it. 

A piece that would not go amiss in your house is a chandelier – they are gorgeous are statements to have in any room of the house and provide endless style and class. However, not everyone knows how to choose a chandelier and/or maintain it. So for those who are deliberating over their first (or tenth) chandelier, and for best lighting and maintenance tips, this article will discuss both in detail.

Firstly, selecting a chandelier. This can be tricky for the most skilled self-proclaimed interior decorators, but by asking the right questions it can make the job a whole lot easier. Consider whether your décor is modern or traditional, and whether you don’t mind if it’s a bit of a mix and match situation.

Dependent upon the boldness of your décor, usually “the bigger the better” is the mantra for chandelier selection. The bigger the space, the bigger the chandelier. If it is to be displayed in a stairway, consider a tiered chandelier so it can cascade down the stairs.

Installing and maintenance are important factors to consider when choosing a chandelier. Chandeliers must be installed by an electrician, and hung at least 75cm above its desired centre point (for example, the dining room). Choose low wattage bulbs for chandeliers with exposed bulbs, and use clear bulbs instead of frosted as this ensures maximum coloured light refraction through the crystal in the chandelier. To hide the chandelier chain, decorate it with fabric or ribbon, and double it over for a gathered appearance.

Crystal chandeliers may be cleaned with a spray-on solution which can be left over a cloth to drip dry. Clean your chandelier at least once a year, along with dusting every six months. Use cotton gloves for best results, one dampened with cleaning solution and the other dry, working around the chandelier by wiping it with the wet glove first, immediately following it up with the dry glove. Lastly, do not put crystal from your chandelier in the dishwasher as it can dull the clarity of it.