Meet the ‘Mandelier'
One of the best things about building, remodeling, or simply redecorating is being able to rethink lighting options. The choices are typically uninspired—to be kind— especially in older homes. When looking at switching up chandeliers, why not ditch the stuffy old crystal version and consider something new that has as much appeal to men as to women?
When I think chandelier, I typically focus on a single fixture with multiple bulbs, and nothing demonstrates that better than the above example. Sporting 85 bulbs, it’s also one of my favorite modern light designs (There’s a version that uses LED lights, which is a bit more energy conscious).
Image: Thomas J. Story for Sunset
In a more relaxed space, I recommend exploring a fixture that has fun with shapes.There are a number of options available, or think about creating something completely unique by mixing a variety of individual pendants.
Bring a different kind of masculine elegance to your space by using a chandelier that has a starburst or satellite shape. Typically employing the same fine lines found in more delicate fixtures, this type of light says “smart” without saying “old fashioned.”
Image: Webster & Company
Using a traditional material like brass, modernizing the shape, and adding unusual bulbs is one way to bridge the gap between relaxed and formal. This has been a new trend over the past few years, and it’s easy to see why. They are so appealing to most aesthetics and provide a level of sophistication without falling back on the old “crystal chandelier” stereotype.
What is your favorite example of a modern chandelier with masculine appeal?