Shannon Cantor so appreciates the seashell-inspired chandelier in her condo in Redington Beach, Fla., that she put a variation of it in her second home, in Tampa. She said she and her husband wanted something they would enjoy looking at every day.
"We walk by it a lot," said. "You want something that grabs your attention. It's going to be there for a long while."
Rey-Barreau called lampshades on chandeliers "a very, very fashionable trend," from lights surrounded by a single, round drum shade (a little like a hanging table lamp) to a group of mini drum shades covering each bulb. Some chandeliers have removable shades, so you can use them or not.
When helping clients choose a chandelier, Wiebe considers the size of the room and the style of the home. But she also reminds them that the fixtures have a job to do.
"First and foremost it's for lighting," she said.
For instance, will a table with lighting overhead be used mostly for eating, or will children be doing homework there?
"You really need to think about what you are going to do with the fixture," said Rey-Barreau.
He offered these chandelier tips: