Posted Wednesday, Apr. 03, 2013
Installing a chandelier in a bathroom or powder room can be a simple way to bring glamour and character to an otherwise lackluster lighting situation.
Melinda Alexander, owner of House of Tuscany in Fort Worth, first eyed chandeliers in toilettes in Paris on a shopping excursion for her store two years ago. She became enamored of them and decided to bring them back home to Texas.
Since then, she has seen the trend take off, with a steadily increasing number of customers requesting chandeliers for the most private room in their homes. She has three chandeliers in one bathroom in her own home.
"It's just like a little black dress," she says. "It's glamorous."
While the prime placement for bathroom chandeliers tends to be over an elaborate bathtub, Alexander says she has also seen them placed in entryways or over the vanity area.
Elizabeth Falconer, a designer and co-owner of Struhs Companies in Fort Worth, has chandeliers in both the powder room and master bathroom of her Weatherford home (featured in Indulge in February). She chose chandeliers with a vintage look to complement her decor and "dressed them up" with small lamp shades.
"It's absolutely a decorative thing," Falconer says. "It doesn't really give any adequate lighting."
Besides deciding how much light you actually want, there are several things to consider before purchasing a chandelier for your lavatory or powder room. The most important of these, Alexander says, is whether your lighting fixture will meet code compliance. Factors such as the age of your chandelier or home can play into the fate of your fixture. Those in the process of building a new home tend to have an easier time meeting code than someone who is remodeling, Alexander says. (For those considering a bathroom chandelier, it's a good idea to check what requirements you will have to meet.)
Once you've jumped over the code compliance hurdle, the selection of eye-catching chandeliers ranges in style from antique to modern, from deco to minimalist.
Thomas Grant of Thomas Grant Chandeliers in Dallas says he's found that most of his clients tend to favor really traditional chandeliers, specifically 18th- and 19th-century styles, for their bathrooms. Venetian glass chandeliers, Grant says, have been a popular choice among customers, in part because they require very little maintenance.
Alexander says she prefers antique styles over modern ones, and Falconer has seen clients select fun, contemporary chandeliers for their washrooms. Here are a variety of chandeliers worth a look.
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