Lighting your Double-Volume Entrance Hall with a Crystal Chandelier

Lighting your Double-Volume Entrance Hall with a Crystal Chandelier

Double-volume entrance halls with sweeping staircases make a dramatic statement. So it’s only fitting that your lighting for this space should be appropriately scaled and just as grand.

Crystal chandeliers are striking and elegant and are perfect for voluminous spaces. Suspending one of these beauties in your entrance hall leads the eye vertically making the room feels spacious but not cold and lofty. Keep in mind, though, that a small chandelier in a double-volume entrance hall would look out of place. A space this size can handle a chandelier that is anywhere from 80cm to 120cm in length, if not bigger. Just be sure to check that the bottom of the chandelier is level with the second story as this creates visual balance.

If you happen to have a staircase in the entrance hall, a sparkly crystal chandelier acts as a decorative feature on multiple levels of the home - it can be admired from the ground floor, up the staircase, and on the second level of the home. Should your entrance hall faces windows or floor to ceiling glass doors then position the chandelier at the exact vertical centre of the glass so that guests approaching the house can admire it from afar before they even enter your home. After all, the lead up to your front door and your entrance hall sets the tone for the rest of your home and well-considered lighting helps make a good first impression.

As with all luminaires, cleaning is necessary to keep your crystal chandelier shining and brilliant. A light dusting with a feather duster will suffice once a month but after an extended period of time your crystal chandelier will require more elbow grease to maintain its shine. Cleaning a delicate fixture like this can be daunting but we’ve rounded up three different ways for you to approach the task.

DRIP DRY METHOD

  1. Ensure that your ceiling light is switched off.
  2. Lay a towel or newspaper beneath the chandelier so that the droplets of cleaning liquid do not ruin your flooring.
  3. Place a steady stepladder beneath the chandelier and climb carefully.
  4. Remove the lamps from the chandelier and then plug the socket with tissue paper to prevent any liquid from getting into the connection.
  5. Spray the chandelier generously with glass cleaner and allow it to drip from the crystals, carrying with it any dust or grime that has accumulated on the surface over time.
  6. Allow the chandelier to completely dry and then remove the tissue plugs from the lamp sockets.
  7. Give the lamps a wipe with a soft cloth and place back in sockets.
  8. You can now switch the chandelier back on when needed.

GLOVE METHOD

  1. Ensure that your ceiling light is switched off.
  2. Place a white cotton glove on your hand and dip your fingertips into a solution of glass cleaner.
  3. Place a steady step ladder beneath the chandelier and climb carefully.
  4. Gently run your fingers along each strand of crystals. The solution on your gloves will clean each strand as you go.
  5. Change the solution as necessary.
  6. Give the lamps a wipe with a soft cloth.
  7. You can now switch the chandelier back on when needed.

COMPLETE REMOVAL METHOD 

  1. Ensure that your ceiling light is switched off.
  2. Take a photograph of your chandelier so that you know where each strand of crystals belongs.
  3. Place a steady step ladder beneath the chandelier and climb carefully.
  4. Carefully remove each strand of crystals from the fixture.
  5. Place each strand of crystals individually into a bowl of warm water mixed with a small amount of glass cleaner.
  6. It is important that you place them in the solution individually to prevent them from getting scratched.
  7. Rinse each strand with cold water and place on a towel to dry.
  8. Once the strands are dry, use a white cotton glove to place the strands back on the fixtures.
Posted on 07/12/2019 Home

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