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Chandeliers in Today’s Youth’s Pop Culture

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If anyone is wondering about how people feel about chandeliers as we move well into the 21st century; not to mention the relatively new millennium, a look at various pop culture pockets reveal a growing affection by today’s youth culture, inspiring pop culture chandeliers.

Some of the works and pieces at Kingdom Lighting might fit into this category, especially some of the Maria Theresa Chandeliers line. Maria Theresa’s offerings take their inspiration from the court of Louis XIV. These vintage chandeliers epitomize why today’s pop culture is taking note of these elegant types of lighting fixtures that certainly do more than merely light a room.

Maria Theresa might take heart that a whole new generation of chandelier fans are emerging, thanks to moms who want to put a touch of class into their kids’ lockers between their official classes. Moms are offering a little touch of opulence for their teen daughters who open their lockers to sparkling crystals, introducing some elegance into their children’s lives on a daily basis.

While crystal chandeliers probably aren’t ideal for school, these young fans are growing up with a taste for the beauty of chandeliers – something they’ll bring to their future homes.

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Guide to Choosing the Perfect Chandelier

crystal chandeliersIf you are wondering if a crystal chandelier is right for your style, keep in mind that there are all kinds of chandeliers from which you can choose from companies that make lighting and chandeliers their special attraction, such as Kingdom Lighting.

What Are Some Things You Might Consider When Thinking About Buying a Chandelier?

Assess your room’s style, from floor to ceiling—right about the spot where you will hang your ceiling, actually—to determine a few different factors.

  • What type of lighting does the room already feature? Is there good natural light or is there already ceiling lighting already in place?
  • What is the rest of the room’s decor?
  • Are you lighting a dining room, living room or a foyer?

Choosing the Right Chandelier for Any Room

The beauty of modern chandeliers is that they come in so many styles, sizes and shapes, so there is something to fit your space. It is simply a matter of looking at the room with a critical and informed stylistic eye before making your choice.

Chandeliers come in many forms, such as pendents or waterfall styles in a shimmering array of stylized crystal suspended fixtures. Explore shapes in waterfalls, bagels and many other contours to appeal to your preference. You will love the way the light plays in the room as it cascades out of your new chandelier.

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Maria Theresa (full name: Maria Theresa Walburga Amalia Christina) was the sole female ruler of the Habsburg dominions, as well as the last of the House of Habsburg. Born in Vienna to Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI and Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, Maria Theresa ascended the throne following her father’s death in 1740 and found herself in the unenviable position of governing an impoverished state significantly lacking in soldiers.

Nonetheless, Maria Theresa proved herself to be a capable ruler, instating many critical reforms that both strengthened Austria’s military and its bureaucratic efficiency. She doubled the state revenue between 1754 and 1764, bolstered the educational system, shifted public perception of inoculation when she recommended and underwent inoculation herself after the smallpox epidemic of 1767 and outlawed witch burnings and torture, which were quite progressive stances to take at the time.

But the reason home decor aficionados know Maria Theresa’s name today is her penchant for opulent chandeliers. Seeing the large and complex chandeliers in the court of Louis XIV of France, Maria Theresa commissioned craftsmen to design chandeliers for her own palaces. These days, Maria Theresa chandeliers refer to particularly luxurious and exquisite chandeliers in the traditional baroque style, beautiful fixtures that continue to remain popular to this day.

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How to Clean Your Crystal Chandelier

The holidays are the time for entertaining. Your family may have come over for Thanksgiving dinner and in a blink of an eye your home will be full again for Christmas or Hanukkah. So even though you probably have your hands full buying presents, planning meals, and wrangling your family together, if you have some down time, this is also a good time to clean your crystal chandeliers so they look perfect for the holiday season.

Luckily, cleaning a new chandelier is a relatively painless process. There are specialty spray-on cleaners made specifically for chandeliers that you can buy  from the hardware store. Otherwise, you can simply clean the chandelier with some soapy water. Either way, make sure you disconnect the power from the chandelier and lay down some towels beneath the light to catch any drips (or soften the blow should a glass bead fall).

With either the spray-on cleaner or soapy water, simply wipe the chandelier down with a soft cloth. Make sure you go all the way around the chandelier arms and reach all sides of the crystals. Wipe the chandelier dry when you’re finished to prevent streaks. Now you’ll have a glistening, gleaming chandelier that looks like new for the holiday season.

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Save on Crystal Chandeliers This Holiday

The holiday season is upon us and closing in fast. Your favorite TV show has already aired a Christmas episode, Starbucks has been serving holiday-themed “coffee” for close to a month, and the super market has been selling Christmas decorations roughly since September. The rapid acceleration of the holiday machine can be enough to make you forget the holiday shopping season hasn’t even officially begun yet, but it’s coming up on us quick.

If  you’re already feeling exhausted by the holidays before they’ve even properly started, don’t worry: Kingdom Lighting is here to help you get the perfect gift for that special someone. From now through December, simply shop our collection of crystal chandeliers and Maria Theresa crystal chandeliers online and use the coupon code “HOLIDAY13” to instantly save $25 on any order over $775.

This year, show your loved ones how much you care with an elegant and luxurious chandelier, or treat yourself for surviving another year with a new, striking addition to your home decor. Whether you’re buying for someone else or simply yourself, Kingdom Lighting has a large selection of chandeliers of all makes, sizes, and styles appropriate for any home and even any room. This year, skip the crowded brick and mortars; shop online and save!

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Chandeliers for Every Room

You may already have a crystal chandelier hanging from your ceiling, but that does’t mean you have to limit yourself to featuring the stunning fixtures in the usual places. Plenty of people have a chandelier hanging in the foyer over the staircase, but that’s just the beginning of how you can use chandeliers to improve your home decor.

For example, why not try adding a chandelier in the den? Keep it classy in the study. Light up the library. You can even add elegance to the bathroom: A simple crystal chandelier can hang over the bathtub or add a painted chandelier to match the room’s color scheme.

If you have the room for it, you can even add a chandelier to your walk-in closets. It may seem counter-intuitive to “hide away” something as opulent as a chandelier in a room devoted to storing coats and shoes, but adding a chandelier can transform even that mundane space into a luxurious retreat.

We also offer smaller chandeliers for children rooms. These mini-sized chandeliers will allow you to unify your entire home, even in nurseries or rooms for children, and allow your kids to have a beautiful lighting fixture of their own to admire. There’s no part of your home that can’t be improved with a crystal chandelier!

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Famous Chandeliers Around the World: Part IV

This week, we’ll continue to look at exceptional chandeliers found around the world, this time in Europe and the Middle East.

Escher in het Paleis: Located in the Hague, Netherlands, Escher in het Paleis, or Escher in the Palace, is a museum devoted to the work of the perspective-warping surrealist artist M. C. Escher. Many of Escher’s woodcuts, lithographs, drawings and paintings are displayed, giving an overview of the artist’s work from his early Italian landscapes to the optical illusions that made him famous. The third floor, in fact, is dedicated to these illusions, including a room that uses forced perspective that makes children seem larger than their parents.

And the name isn’t a misnomer: the museum really is housed in Lange Voorhout Palace, in which four Dutch queens used from the 18th to the 20th century. The museum is also famous for the 15 crystal chandeliers that reference Escher works, as designed by Hans van Bentem. Be on the look out for chandeliers shaped like a shark, a skull and cross bones, and even a globe.

Hagia Sophia: One of Istanbul’s most famous tourist attractions, the Hagia Sophia began life in 537 as a Greek Orthodox cathedral before it was converted into a mosque following Constantinople’s invasion by the Ottoman Turks. In 1935, the Republic of Turkey took advantage of the building’s famous domed ceiling, Byzantine towers, and massive size to create a museum displaying priceless works of both Christian and Muslim art. There’s plenty to see at Hagia Sophia, but be sure to look up once in a while to catch a glimpse of the massive pendant chandeliers hanging from the ceiling.

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Famous Chandeliers Around the World: Part Three

This week, we’re continuing to look at notable chandeliers from around the world, this time stopping in Las Vegas and Versailles.

The Chandelier (Las Vegas, Nevada): Plenty of hotels and casinos in Las Vegas contain elaborately themed bars and restaurants, but the Cosmopolitan Hotel on the famous Las Vegas Strip may have outdone them all. The Chandelier is a bar that, true to its name, sits inside a giant chandelier complete with strings of cut glass that envelope the entire place. Actually, it’s a bit of a cheat: the chandelier isn’t truly hanging from the ceiling but held up by marble and glass pillars. Still, if you’ve ever wanted to knock back a few cocktails inside a chandelier, this is probably as close as you’re going to get.

The Palace of Versailles (Versailles, France): The Palace of Versailles, which began construction in 1644, is known for its luxury and opulence. The château has 2,300 rooms spread across 67,000 square meters with over 6,000 paintings, 2,000 sculptures and 5,000 pieces of furniture. But perhaps the most famous feature of the Palace is the Galerie des Glaces, or Hall of Mirrors. Seventeen mirrored arches reflect the 17 arched windows overlooking the gardens outside while 17 large crystal chandeliers (and 26 smaller ones) hang from an elaborately painted ceiling covered in murals. In the 17th century, these chandeliers held over a thousand candles, lighting many of the most important ceremonies of the French Court during the Ancien Régime.

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Unusual Chandeliers Made from Everyday Objects

Chandeliers typically stick to a few tried and true materials that convey class and elegance: crystal, bronze, brass, chrome, et. al. But some trail-blazing mavericks have eschewed those classic looks in lieu of their own unique chandelier creations. Here’s a couple chandeliers made of some less-than-auspicious building blocks.

The Chandelier of MonkeysFirst released in 1965, the Barrel of Monkeys game continues to be a childhood staple even more than a half century later, letting kids build ever-expanding chains with the eponymous monkeys’ interlocking arms. Anyone who remembers the game fondly will get a kick out of John Niero’s piece “Monkey Around,” which uses the translucent monkeys as if they were the luxurious cut glass of a crystal chandelier.

The Fisherman’s FriendThe “Fishing Float Chandelier” created by British designers Pedlars is made out of, as the name implies, dozens of fishing floats and nylon fishing gut. The subdued color scheme of the floats themselves lend themselves to a surprisingly charming lighting fixture, one that seems like it’d be right at home in a rustic hunting lodge.

The Squishy Sphere: What’s most surprising about this chandelier made out of hand-cast acrylic gummy bears isn’t that someone thought to make it in the first place but rather how well the finished product works. That someone was Kevin Champeny, whose “Candelier” features 5,000 bears in the candy’s familiar vibrant hues to create a genuinely attractive piece of home decor.


Crystal Chandeliers in Hip Hop

People love crystal chandeliers all over the world, but one group is particularly fond of the ornate lighting fixture. We’re referring, of course, to hip-hop MCs, who mention chandeliers nearly as often as premium liquors and luxury SUVs.

On Big Sean’s “Sierra Leone,” the Detroit MC describes his living situation: “Chandelier, marble floor on the feet. She said I’m a Don, I gotta agree.” Curren$y has a similar idea on “Right Now,” in which he commands, “chandelier these ceilings, Italian marble these floors.” Meanwhile, on Rich Gang’s “Bigger than Life,” Birdman has “chandelier lights, Persian on the rug” while Wiz Khalifa’s “Glass House” has a “chandelier ceiling, plush linen” according to Big K.R.I.T. Jay-Z, on the other hand, is “just chilling, watching chandelier ceilings” on “Diamond is Forever.”

Nas may have outdone all of them, however. On “My Way,” he describes “gateways, marble floors, chandeliers. Jacuzzis, Gucci soap, throwing cash in the air.” 50 Cent gives him a run for his money on “Happy New Year,” in which he says “Look, this is my house. We got 50… rooms here. Butlers, maids and them Baccarat chandeliers.” Rick Ross knows how to keep it classy as well. In “The Transporter,” the Boss suggests, “Look up to my ceiling, ladies; chandeliers galore. Look into my closet, then you know I love couture. Even more, shoe collection too fly for the… floor.”