Anyone who has ever had the fortune to stroll through the famous palaces of Europe understands the importance of good lighting. After all, even if you have antique furniture, plush Persian carpeting, masterpieces hanging on the wall, and crystal stemware for guests to drink out of, who can appreciate a master design if they can barely see in front of them? To turn the interior of your home into a space fit for a king, look for lighting options that project in all directions.
Crystal chandeliers like the Maria Theresa design (named for the famous Austrian empress’ own chandeliers) draw the attention of anyone who steps into a room. Install one of these chandeliers in a high-roofed area in order to cast light from every angle. These crystal masterpieces have been finished in twenty-four carat gold plate for a beautiful durability that cannot be matched.
Each polished, hand-cut crystal drop captures the imagination while illuminating the space about it by amplifying the soft but powerful light created by the bulbs within. A single Maria Theresa wall sconce can have only two bulbs; a prismatic chandelier may boast as many as four dozen. Whichever the lighting piece that moves you, however, you can be sure that these fixtures have a practical as well as aesthetically pleasing function, capable of acting as the sole light source in your own palace.