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What Is A Chandelier? Definition & Home Images



Today we are going to discuss an important definition that I think people misuse all the time.

What is a chandelier?

The dictionary definition of the word chandelier is:

A decorative ceiling-mounted hanging light with branches for several light bulbs or candles.

The key to that definition that definition which seems to always get lost in the excitement of decorating a home is that a chandelier has branches for several light bulbs or candles.

Here are a few examples of chandeliers that I found as I wandered around Pottery Barn.

Pottery Barn Camilla 3-Arm Chandelier


Faceted crystal leaves sparkle at the ends of intertwining branches on the Pottery Barn Camilla 3-Arm Chandelier. This one looks delicate and happy like a wild English garden.
  • 16" diameter, 16" high; 12' chain.
  • Cast of iron with glass crystals and an aged brass finish. 
  • Topped with ivory candle sleeves. 
  • Includes 4 replacement crystals in case of breakage.
  • A generous 12’ chain allows it to be hung in grand entryways
  • May be professionally shortened to fit any ceiling height.
  • Some assembly required; individual crystals must be attached by hand.
  • Hardwire; professional installation recommended.
  • UL-listed.

Pottery Barn Clarissa Glass Drop Chandelier


Hundreds of glass droplets form a shimmering cascade on the Pottery Barn Clarissa Glass Drop Chandelier. Crystals in alternating teardrop and raindrop shapes, with a faceted globe at the bottom, are so densely strung they completely cover the metal framework.
  • 13" diameter, 19.5" high
  • Suspended from an antique-silver filigreed crown.
  • Matching 12' chain.
  • A generous 12’ chain allows it to be hung in grand entryways
  • May be professionally shortened to fit any ceiling height.
  • Assembly required.
  • UL-listed.
  • Hardwire; professional installation recommended.
Look at the shimmering detail and engraving on the metal around the top. Isn't it pretty?

Katerina Beaded Crystal Chandelier


Bedecked with crystal droplets in a range of styles – from teardrops and icicles to faceted jewels – the Pottery Barn Katerina Beaded Crystal Chandelier glistens and sparkles in the light. Chandeliers always make me think about my mother - beautiful and elegant.
  • 21.5" diameter, 25.5" high
  • Crafted of steel with an aged iron finish
  • Detailed with handblown glass beads.
  • UL-listed.
  • Hardwire; professional installation recommended.

Obviously you wouldn't hang three different chandeliers so close together in the same space, but I just love all of them bunched up. It's like walking through a lighting store with hundreds of different lights all lit around me. I think chandeliers are romantic just like candles, flowers, kissing and the chocolate man!

Yeah, I know. There I go again!

Pottery Barn Veranda Round Chandelier


The traditional design of our Pottery Barn Veranda Round Chandelier makes a striking statement above a dining room table. This is definitely like the Knights of the Roundtable era!
  • 32" diameter, 28" high; 6' chain
  • Constructed of brass, aluminum and die-cast zinc.
  • Finished in antique bronze 
  • Sealed with lacquer for rust resistance.
  • Brass chain is finished in black.
  • Ivory frosted-glass shades.
  • Hardwire; professional installation recommended.
  • UL-listed.

Pottery Barn Graham Chandelier


Graceful and simple, the Pottery Barn Graham Chandelier has a bronzed finish that’s just right for a variety of shade styles, making it easy to update with each new season. Topped in this picture with the Wicker Chandelier Shades which looks very country. I can see pairing it with a pair of super ruffled curtains.
  • 24" diameter, 19" high
  • Crafted from iron.
  • Hardwire; professional installation recommended.
  • UL-listed.

Pottery Barn Faux Antler Chandelier


Be still my heart!

Now no one is going to harrass me about liking dead animal parts because these are faux = fake = copies of antlers!

Like the fixtures in alpine mountain lodges, this Pottery Barn Faux Antler Chandelier has a warm, rustic charm. The antlers are carefully sculpted then painted by hand to create their natural look.
  • 45" diameter, 23.5" high; 12' chain
  • Faux antlers crafted from polyresin
  • Hand-painted finish on antlers.
  • Polished nickel candle cups with ivory sleeves.
  • Holds six chandelier bulbs.
  • A generous 12’ chain allows it to be hung in grand entryways
  • May be professionally shortened to fit any ceiling height.
  • UL-listed.
  • Hardwire; professional installation recommended.
Oh yeah!

Look how glorious this faux antler chandelier looks against the big stone fireplace backdrop.

Go ahead and admit it. You know it looks so rustic and welcoming!


I can just imagine how great the Pottery Barn Faux Antler Chandelier would look in the rustic country log cabin!!!



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