One of the first things they did was replace the entry-way chandelier for us. I asked you for suggestions recently - and showed you our top choices. In the end - we didn't go with any of them.
I looked through all my before photos and don't actually have one of the old chandelier. Oops. This is what it looked like:
How We Chose
The first reason is we decided two-tier might be too wide of a chandelier for the space. The chandelier hangs right at the bottom of the stairs so the old light actually made my husband feel like he was going to hit his head on it. We needed to be really careful what we replaced it with so we chose a one-tier version of one of our favorites. It also needed to hold about 5 regular bulbs to provide extra light to the adjacent room - which had no lights at all.
Another factor that influenced our decision was the entire collection. Many light fixtures come in a coordinating collection with chandeliers, flush mount, semi-flush mount, pendants and wall lights all made to match. We're replacing a lot of the other light fixtures in the house so we wanted to be able to use some from the same collection. Some of our top choices we ONLY liked the chandelier in the collection and nothing else.
Lastly we chose based on style. We wanted a modern style but something that was still elegant.
If the price hadn't been so much higher than the rest ($400 more) my husband would have picked #7 from our top choices. The prices were so much better on the rest of the styles though. Also - we found the lights on LightingDirect.com but purchased them cheaper on Amazon.com.
I have to confess, even after it arrived, even after choosing it, I was still nervous until I saw it hung and lit up. What a HUGE difference it made. The space is so much brighter and the room next to it didn't need the lamps anymore.