Fashions are cyclical, which is one reason I have a closet full of clothes that are bound to come back into style sometime within a decade or two. Interior decorating works in much the same way.
In the ’50s and ’60s, plenty of people were convinced that the homes of today would look like a cross between a spaceship and a cubicle. Instead, most modern houses lean towards comfort rather than efficiency, embracing classical style rather than chasing the newest fad. It’s not unusual to find “throwbacks” like wood paneling and overstuffed furniture.
As far as lighting is concerned, we might be turning a corner too. Instead of making light fixtures as unobtrusive as possible or even hiding them completely and choosing indirect lighting, many people are now using this necessary aspect of a room to make a statement.
This energy-efficient chandelier certainly does that. Instead of being mounted like candles, each of the 12 LED bulbs distributes their light through a network of crystalline tendrils. This gives a kind of starburst appearance that will definitely get your guests’ attention. If this shape seems a little too sparkly and severe, you’ll be glad to know that there are also more organic-looking options available to you.
Though the maximum power rating of 60 watts seems high for an LED light, this design is more about looking cool than actual illumination. Especially in a large room, you will probably want to use more than one or add a few free-standing lamps, giving you more opportunities to use lights as decorative accents.
Also, though it’s surprisingly easy to assemble and install the structure, the whole thing does feel a little flimsy. You won’t notice this once it’s hung overhead, but you probably don’t want to fiddle with it too much once it’s in place.
Neither of these drawbacks is a dealbreaker, though. If you want to make your living room sparkle without replacing all of your lived-in furniture, you can do far worse than getting one of these.