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How about a red-carpet welcome for your guests when they come calling next? You can stop them in their tracks; have them at their gawking best with the grandest, brightest and most sparkly chandeliers. These sparklers have evolved since you last bought what you thought was an extravagant one in glass. Think porcelain, even metal or multi-coloured glass. With so much happening, chandeliers are certainly the last word in decadence.

Modern day chandeliers have it all – crystals, ceramic and metals like copper, bronze, steel, brass and pewter, the new range of chandeliers come with controlled lighting effects and multiple light sources.

That traditional chandelier – with metal arms and crystal trimmings, which continue to sell well – look best only in spacious rooms. Traditional chandeliers come in large sizes and suit houses with high ceilings. This is perhaps why chandeliers are a huge hit in the eastern and southern parts of the country. The ceilings of the houses in these regions are usually 10-12 feet high.

That chandelier can be hung in small spaces too, because they are now available in a variety of shapes and sizes. The best news, of course, is that if the price is no consideration, chandeliers can even be customized.

Chandeliers are not only about glass, Spanish luxury brand Lladro has a showstopper in porcelain that it calls the Niagara chandelier. With a medley of porcelain fairies suspended from a round frame, it can cost anywhere between a whopping Rs. 25,00,000 and Rs 50,00,000, depending on the number of fairies you settle for.

But chandeliers don’t always have to be too elaborate or in-your-face. Italian brand La Murrina’s Antille range offers no-fuss chandeliers which come in pristine white with suspension ropes to match (from Rs 50,000 to Rs 10 lakh).

The world of chandeliers gets more innovative by the day. Swarovski, for instance, invites designers from around the world to create traditional crystal chandeliers and lights as part of Swarovski Crystal Palace Collection.

So are you ready to delve deep into your pocket and brighten up your home? But before you do so, a word of advice hangs the chandelier high to enjoy the sparkle of crystals.

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