Every home that has an antique look begins with the most central, eye-catching piece in the room. The thought of Chandeliers create visions of grandeur and royalty. Although the more slim and sleek varieties have become more in vogue as of late, there is still a feeling of antiquity that emanates from just about any chandelier in any setting at all.
When a person or persons are trying to create the most antique look for their home, the search for the more aged and turn-of-the-century furniture, an old fashioned looking fireplace and naturally, a chandelier are amongst some of the first items that are on the list of decor. I strongly suggest beginning with the chandelier, as it will be the first thing that the eye will catch when one is entering the room.
If you are one of the more lucky people and are so fortunate to be one of those who have inherited an old chandelier from a family member of a much earlier generation, then this makes the task of creating that old time magic that much easier and in many ways that much more special. On the other hand, for most of us who have not been so fortunate, we must create a faux history, in which case you would need to begin the search for just the right piece that would look not only convincingly old, but would make a rich statement of a strong history as well. The chandelier is for the most part, the most important eye catcher of the room, and it sets the tone for everything else that is present as well. All other pieces of furniture must be centered around it in order to create a successful historic look and feel.
The best place to begin your search of course, would be the old antique shops. There is no telling what treasures you may find, and the piece you pick may have a fun and interesting history for you to discover, giving you some fun and interesting conversation for guests. The fact is that nothing can really replicate that old look better than a piece that is genuinely antique.
If you have a difficult time finding a piece that will fit in and make you feel satisfied, you may have to go the route of getting a ready-made variety and try to give it an old look. If you must choose this course, there are a few things you must know. First of all, it is wise to steer clear of the slim-trim polished-steel chandeliers. These have much more of a modern look and it will be readily obvious at first glance, looking out of place. It will too, not fit in well with the older antique furniture that sits in the room with it.
True Antique chandeliers are ornate pieces, which have very intricate carvings, and the modern styles definitely lack this attribute.
If you choose Candle chandeliers, keep in mind that the older ones have an inherent archaic feel to them. An antique chandelier is made from wrought iron, brass or antlers or crystal and they are lacking in shininess in appearance. Therefore it is not a good idea to purchase brass or a wrought-iron chandelier, install it and hope that it will get away with fooling people into thinking it is a true antique piece.
A newer Chandelier must be prepared and worked on in order to give it the authentic antique look and feel to it.
In order to pull off a good replication of an old look, one very convincing technique is to apply an antiquing glaze on it. Before the glaze has a chance to dry, be sure that you rub off the shine before it is too late with a soft cloth that will not damage the actual piece. This simple action will achieve the purpose of an old and worn-out, yet beautiful antique looking chandelier.
After your chandelier is safely in place, and looking very antique indeed, then it is time to have the rest of the furniture specifically geared towards accentuating the centerpiece; the chandelier. It is important to have the other furniture catered to being antique looking as well. The chandelier alone is not enough to create the antique atmosphere that you are striving to achieve. You must be certain that the entire room is created around the chandelier. If you can do this, then your goal will have been accomplished. You will have created a beautiful old room with a rich look of history.