My friend recently asked me ‘do chandeliers have to match?’ She wanted two chandeliers because her family room led into her dining room but each had a different colored accent scheme. As I was also thinking of buying two chandeliers we decided to do some research. I want a beautiful glass chandelier dripping with glass droplets in my dining room (I am just a romantic softie at heart) and a more popular trendy type in my family room (I haven’t quite made up my mind exactly what I want so I am still looking at different lighting websites).
However my friend is totally at sea and hasn’t made her mind up about anything other wanting an answer to this question. So after a few hours of research this is what we found:
The advice given by chandelierlightingexperts.com opened with the question; ‘Should chandeliers match or coordinate?’
This is what they advise:
“MIXED MESSAGES: Mixing of materials and styles within one fixture is now a common design trend. It is not unusual, for example, to find a rustic cast-iron fixture with crystals hanging from it, or different metals and types of glass all incorporated into one fixture. “American styles are decidedly eclectic and homeowners today are very comfortable mixings styles,” says Blitzer. “Chandeliers lend themselves neatly to that process. You can look for a chandelier that is inspired by the period reflected in the room you are putting it, but you don’t have to. Many contemporary designs are a blend of traditional elements with modern materials — glass and alabaster with polished chrome or satin nickel, which makes them work with a variety of styles.”
MATCH POINT: Once a design preference has been identified, the chandelier should simply be another decorative element. “There is a trend to eclectic interiors where traditional, transitional and modern will blur even within the same room,” says Rey-Barreau. “The chandelier doesn’t need to “match” the decor in a very rigid manner. If it works visually for the user, then it’s fine.”
Other comments I found:
“You do not have to match your lights, but stay in same theme. I love Restoration. Take a hint from their displays in stores. After all they use a designer to show off their wares.”
“Don’t have to match. But try the same finishes? Try glass?”
“Hi, you can hang a crystal chandelier above a rustic table. Why not? But you don’t have to match lights.
However, I did find this comment from Murano-Lite
“The art of matching chandeliers hanging in one room should be either exactly the same or matching. Identical chandeliers always look very classy and are by far the easiest option. Matching chandeliers are likely to be two products by the same manufacturer and from the same product family, with
only small differences in design.”
Having I hope, helped in solving your matching chandelier dilemma you may be asking yourself about positioning your chandeliers… This too is an important question as having invested quite a lot of money in chandeliers, the return on investment in regard to providing the right amount of light, quality, ambiance and contribution to the overall décor you want is extremely important.
Whilst doing my research about matching chandeliers I found that the question ‘How close do I need to match chandeliers?’ cropped up quite often. And so have included some of the comments I found here. Overall , once again the main theme appears to be that it does matter…!
How close do I need to match chandeliers?
This from Houzz.com
I have a large crystal chandelier In my foyer. My dining room is off my foyer in a very open floor plan. I have a Restoration Hardware dining room table and upholstered chairs. The table is more rustic and I feel a crystal chandelier wouldn’t match the style, but the foyer is just a few steps away. How close do I need to match the two styles in my lighting fixtures? I attached a picture of my foyer chandelier which I love, but I’m confused as to what to do I’m my dining room.
Comment from Lights Online
You don’t need to match the two rooms’ light fixtures very closely if you don’t want to–I agree that something more rustic or industrial would look splendid in your dining room, whereas a crystal chandelier might not work as well even though it looks wonderful in your foyer! In fact, using different lighting can help visually differentiate rooms, especially in more open-plan homes where walls may not be available to serve as a visual guide. Hope this helps–let me know if you want advice on specific fixtures, too!
Other I have found:
“… Don’t be afraid to mix it up! Choose what you would want for that space, and don’t worry about the foyer. They are 2 separate spaces, so you can treat them that way. there are no rules…go with what will make you happy to look at over dinner on that beautiful table!…”
How to Match Your Chandelier to Your Decor
This article is also very helpful from sfgate.com. It rather broadens the solution to the problem of whether to match chandeliers. I found the tips a advice in this article excellent and highly recommend that after you have read it to take notes as I am sure it will help you with any other lighting decisions you have to make now and in the future.
“Chandeliers can match or contrast with your decor.
There are no hard and fast rules for chandelier design — choosing the best fixture for your home decor is purely a matter of taste. A chandelier can be an elegant, funky or charming finishing touch to almost any room in your new home. Whether your tastes incline toward modern, vintage, classical, romantic or eclectic styles, there are chandeliers on the market to suit your aesthetic. A few trips to local lighting stores or flea markets should yield the perfect fixture for your home.
1 Identify the basic decor style of the room. It may be traditional, modern or a fusion of the two. It also may be rustic, minimalist or ornate.
2 Decide whether you want your chandelier to flow with the style of the decor or balance it. If the room is highly ornate, you may want a simpler chandelier to avoid over decorating; if the room has a rustic farmhouse theme, you may want to complement that design with a matching chandelier.
3 Choose a material or color that appears prominently in the decor to feature in the chandelier. For example, if the table in the room has wrought iron legs, you may want a wrought iron chandelier; for a powder room with a vanity table, consider a miniature chandelier with dangling crystals to match the glass mirror. According to chandelier company Murano-lite, many people choose fixtures in the second-most-featured color in the room.
4 Select a chandelier that either reflects or balances the room’s style and color scheme. For a modern, geometric design, you may choose a color-blocked chandelier with dangling geometric shapes; for a vintage Hollywood room, you may choose an ornate crystal fixture; for a minimalist space with little decor, you may choose a ruby-red pendant chandelier to draw the eye.
5 Bring home the fixture you chose and see how you like it in the space. Ultimately, your ideal chandelier is a matter of personal taste. If you find that an intricate fixture looks too busy in your Victorian-themed room or a minimalist fixture is barely noticeable in your modern room, return it and try something contrasting rather than matching. Experiment until you find the chandelier that suits you best.
- Some other key elements to choosing the ideal chandelier are the size of the fixture and its location in the room.
- If you’re not sure how big a chandelier you want, choose a larger fixture rather than a smaller one — too-small chandeliers always look odd.
- If your design style is eclectic and you can’t identify a particular theme, concentrate on the mood you want to create and choose a chandelier that fits that mood.
Well it seems that from our research the answer is NO! But ask yourself, does it really matter? Each of us has our own style, our likes and dislikes and this ultimately is reflected in our homes. Our home is our sanctuary where we can be surrounded by our treasures and belongings, And so, do your own thing, have pride in your choice and choose those perfect chandeliers that bring a sparkle and joy to you, your family and home.
My best advice:
Go forth and seek out chandeliers that are absolutely exactly what you want hanging in your home and admire and enjoy the elegance, style and perfection of light it will bring to your life
I hope this article has helped you and I send you my best wishes in your endeavours on your chandelier journey.