Chandeliers form the decorative pinnacle of lighting. Even when switched off, a chandelier with its crystal shine remains any room’s focal point drawing attention to itself.
Choosing a chandelier
Choosing a chandelier according to style
ORION's chandelier collection is handcrafted in our Viennese lighting manufactory with an exceptional love for detail, offering a highly versatile selection.
Our "MARIA THERESIA" collection, for example, is a faithful reproduction of the so-called 18th century Baroque "Maria Theresia chandelier" named after Austria's famous Empress.
Royal splendour French style is conveyed by our "EMPIRE CRYSTAL" collection following the classical form of the basket chandelier. The "KATHARINA" series is reminiscent of the opulent splendour from the times of Russia's eponymous ruler exuding imperial prestige and courtly elegance.
Many of our collections combine different styles with playful ease and skill, creating new, unique designs such as the prestigious "AMBASSADOR" chandeliers.
Collections inspired by Viennese Art Nouveau and designs from "Wiener Werkstätte", such as "ADELE", "BUDAPEST", "WIENER NOSTALGIE" are among the most popular and focal points in ORION's chandelier collections celebrating Viennese artisan traditions.
"PRISM" and "BALL" are collections show true commitment to modernity as they skilfully combine latest LED technology with novel designs to create unique lighting fixtures.
Immerse yourself in the stylistic diversity of ORION's chandelier collections setting off on a journey through light times!
- Harmony: You will achieve a harmonious effect if you choose a chandelier matching your interior style. Meaning choosing a modern chandelier for modern interiors or a traditional chandelier for traditional interiors. If you prefer a combination of different styles, the chandelier can also be one in a fusion style.
- Contrast: Great effects can be created by a conscious break in style by choosing a traditional chandelier for an ultra-modern interior and vice versa.
Finding the right size
Once you have found your dream chandelier, the next step is to choose the right size. Because acheiving a harmonious effect depends mainly on matching proportions.
You can apply a few simple formulas to calculate this. Reference points are a room's width, length and height where the chandelier shall unfold its splendour.
Example: (3.5m + 5m) x 10 = 85 cm
If a room has a width of 3.5 metres and length of 5 metres, the chandelier's diameter should be approx. 85 cm.
The basic formula for calculating the appropriate chandelier height is:
Example: 360 cm / 4 = 90 cm
If a room has a height of 360 centimetres, then the chandelier's height should be approx. 90 centimetres.
- If the chandelier is positioned above a dining table, it should installed about 80 - 100 centimetres above the table top. This distance should not be undercut for otherwise the chandelier will create a visual barrier between people sitting around the table.
- When installing a free-hanging chandelier, a distance of at least 2 metres above the floor should be maintained starting from the chandelier's lowest point to avoid hitting your head.
- Since staircases are often higher, a distance of at least 2.30 metres above the floor should be maintained.
- 75 to 90 cm distance is the guideline for suspension above comfortable wing chairs in reading corners or over bedside tables.
Assessing and considering lighting needs
Light requirements vary from person to person and according to situation. Thus it is important to define and consider your lighting requirements to choose the right chandelier.
- Chandeliers come with a different numbers of flames. The more flames, the brighter your interior will shine.
- Chandeliers with fabric or glass shades diffuse light gently, but radiate less light into the room. The darker the lampshade, the more light is absorbed.
- The same applies to the room's wall colour. The darker the wall colour, the more light is absorbed.
- Matt and textured furniture surfaces made of dark wood can absorb just as much light.
- Smooth white surfaces reflect light, creating more brightness.
- If the room is approximately square, one chandelier is usually sufficient. However, if a room is long and narrow, several smaller chandeliers are better for optimal lighting.
If dark tones dominate your interior, it is advisable to choose a somewhat larger chandelier with more flames than the formula yields and to equip the room with additional light sources. Lights from the same collection are particularly suitable for this.
In addition to chandeliers, the ORION luminaire collections include wall, ceiling, floor and table lights that can be combined to create a uniform lighting ensemble.
Choosing the right colour
Again, the two principles of harmony or contrast can be applied. The question is which effect you would like to achieve. Noble elegance is the result of choosing a colour that blends in with your interior. Interiors in muted colours with antiques and different textures harmonise perfectly with brass chandeliers and clear chandelier crystal. Modern interiors often benefit from a strong or contrasting colour accent.
If you are aiming for a harmonious effect, one recommendation is choosing the chandelier in the second most common colour of your interior style.
Please bear in mind that chandeliers with crystal hangings are high in weight, meaning literally heavy. As general rule, the hangings are only attached after the frame has been assembled.
ORION's chandeliers come with hands-on and self-explanatory assembly instructions for mounting.
Depending on type of ceiling, the installation will require different tools or fastenings.
Our customer service will be happy to give you further tips and suggestions if you have any questions. For special requirements, we recommend you consult a qualified electrician.