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Top 8 Chandelier Designs (Part II)

So, if you tuned in yesterday, we discussed wood, beaded, industrial and drum shade (large pendant) chandeliers in <a title="Top 8 Chandelier Designs (Part I)" href="http://ourblog.atgstores.com/top-8-chandelier-designs-part-i" target="_blank">Part I of our series</a> on the Internet’s favorite chandelier designs and the impact a chandelier can have on a room.</br></br>To recap, that impact is <em>huge</em>. <a title="Chandeliers" href="http://www.atgstores.com/lighting/ceiling-lights/chandeliers/" target="_blank">Chandeliers</a> are not an inconspicuous lighting choice, which is why we’re reviewing the most popular choices on the market. Our hope is that it will help you when you finally decide to flip the switch on that perfect chandelier.</br></br>So, to continue with the final four on our list:</br></br><strong>Wagon-Wheel Chandelier</strong></br></br>The <a title="Alpha Omega Western Furnishings" href="http://www.atgstores.com/lighting/ceiling-lights/chandeliers/brand/alpha-omega-western-furnishings/" target="_blank">wagon-wheel chandelier</a> is a jaunty answer to the question of novel yet rustic lighting design. To ponder the origins of the design is to take a guess at the history of the wagon wheel itself. You’ve got a wheel, and you’ve got some lights … it’s bound to happen sooner or later.</br></br>Wagon-wheel chandeliers are fun, but they occupy a fixed position in home décor. Cabins, lodges and chalets may all benefit from this kind of design, but one must be wary of hanging it anywhere else.</br></br><strong>‘Sputnik’ Chandelier</strong></br></br>“Sputnik” is an artsy moniker bestowed upon a particular type of mod chandelier known for its <a title="Chrome Chandeliers" href="http://www.atgstores.com/lighting/ceiling-lights/chandeliers/finish/chrome/" target="_blank">chrome finish</a> and Edison bulb-tipped stalks that radiate from a central hub. There are many different variations of this theme, many of which carry the general Sputnik descriptor or some other sci-fi name (see the "Supernova" at right).</br></br>The Sputnik chandelier name refers to the eponymous Russian satellite, <em>Sputnik I</em>, because the two look so similar. The style is very popular in ultra-modern homes that verge on the futuristic, but it can also be used to accent more midcentury retro styles.</br></br><strong>Wine-Barrel Chandelier</strong></br></br>The wine-barrel chandelier is probably not what you’re picturing in your mind if you’ve never seen one, and is not cut from whole cloth like the wagon-wheel chandelier. Instead, these chandeliers make creative use of barrel staves – the individual ribs of the cask.</br></br>And, the results can be quite stunning. Done well, these chandeliers can cross the lines between <a title="Traditional Chandeliers" href="http://www.atgstores.com/lighting/ceiling-lights/chandeliers/style/traditional/" target="_blank">traditional</a>, rustic and even mod industrial. In other words, they can attain a level of sophistication the wagon wheel cannot.</br></br><strong>Edison-Bulb Chandelier</strong></br></br>This is a general descriptor for any chandelier that makes use of Edison bulbs – vintage bulbs identified by their uncoated glass and visible filaments. It’s helpful to note that the Sputnik chandelier mentioned above is also an Edison-bulb chandelier, by definition.</br></br>Edison-bulb chandeliers have grown very popular as the stripped-down, vintage industrial look takes hold. A hallmark of the hipster movement, these chandeliers are common fixtures (pun intended) in many a farm-to-table café and craft cocktail bar around the country.</br></br>We hope you’ve enjoyed this two-part installment on the Internet’s most popular chandeliers and look forward to your comments on your personal favorite!
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