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Deer Antler Chandeliers
There is just something about the cozy rustic look of a beautiful deer antler chandelier that warms a room and makes a visual statement at the same time. If you are decorating a lodge or cabin, these gorgeous pieces can make an excellent cornerstone for adding that classic wilderness style to a room.
These majestic chandeliers come in many different sizes and shapes to fit perfectly in almost any design setting. Whether you are just beginning to learn about these decorative pieces or are ready to decide on one, this article should give you some inspiring ideas and show you exactly just what you can do with the right lighting piece.
Real Antler Chandeliers vs. Reproduction
You can find these beautiful chandeliers in two basic material types, actual deer shed antlers or reproduction antlers. From a distance, the two styles are fairly difficult to tell apart and offer very similar lighting effects. Upon closer examination, a chandelier made from real deer antlers will show signs that give it a little more of a natural feel such as each antler piece being slightly unique in size and shape. Which type you choose usually comes down to a matter of personal preference.
If you tend to favor perfect symmetry or are looking for two pieces that are almost exactly the same (to use back to back in a hallway for example), using faux or reproduction antlers might be a good choice for consistency. There is usually also some cost savings involved as genuine antler chandeliers are typically found at the higher end of the price range for such decor.
Deciding Between Single Tier and Multi-Tier
The next important thing to consider when evaluating which piece to buy is the size of the room you are decorating and the height of the ceiling. If you are working with a great room or perhaps a cabin or lodge with a loft style layout that gives you a fair amount of space to work with, a multi-tier antler chandelier is an outstanding choice to give a warm glow and stunning visual effect to almost any open space.
These are great for a living room with a fireplace or to form a focal point over a dining room table as well. One of the best things about a multi-tiered piece is that they tend to offer a very warm, soft, and inviting light as the glow from each bulb is gently reflected by the natural, earthy tones from the layer above.
If you are working with smaller quarters such as a hallway, bedroom, or a room with a shorter ceiling, there are plenty of gorgeous single tier choices as well. If you want to get creative, you can make many of these look even more impressive by beginning with a cascade of two or three antlers lining the chain and opening up into a wider base made up of six or more carefully placed antler branches. These are ideal for hanging over tables or to form a center point for a sitting area. You can even use a few of these smaller pieces to create a rich and earthy light source along a hallway or up a flight of stairs.
Bulb Style and Mounting Hardware
Another important element of any antler chandelier is the bulb style. Since most of these chandeliers will only take a single style of bulb, you will need to decide which one you want before you make a purchase. There are three common bulb styles you will see used in this type of chandelier.
The first is candelabra style which provides an elongated delicate twinkle reminiscent of candle light, lamp style which offers a warm and diffuse source or light through mini shades made to look like transparent leather, and sconce style which will further soften the light by directing it upward and reflecting it back from the ceiling. You can use all three styles to create gorgeous and attractive lighting effects. The choice will ultimately come down to which particular style fits your design personality.
The final important element of your chandelier is the chain and mounting hardware. Bronze, black, or distressed antique metal are the options I would recommend. Each of these will blend in well with the surroundings and leave the center of attention where it belongs. Some manufacturers will give you choices when you buy the chandelier and others will leave that to the buyer to order separately.
Elk and Moose Antler Chandeliers
Keep in mind while shopping for an antler chandelier that there are other options such as elk and moose as well. Many people start their search assuming that they will use mule deer antlers as the base material but later find that they are drawn to something that uses a larger and thicker style. Some of the most impressive chandeliers I've ever seen were from moose or elk antlers.
You will definitely have to consider your budget if you decide to go this route as the step up in price is quite significant. If however you don't mind investing in something that is both a work of art and a decorative design piece, these can quickly make a room stand out from the ordinary.
More Deer Antler Lights
Once you've decided on a chandelier, don't forget to pick up a few accent pieces to fill out the room and complete the look you are after. Standing floor lamps, table lamps, wall sconces, and candle holders can help bring that warm, inviting, and cozy glow down to eye level.
You will find it amazing just how quickly you can transform a room from average to exceptional by adding a few wilderness style lighting and decor items to your house, lodge, or cabin. That image of a soothing rustic retreat that graces the brochures of the world's best wilderness resorts could be your own private personal getaway with just a few hand selected lighting pieces that will help you set the perfect mood for your home.