Chandeliers made their first appearance in the 14th century and were solely made of wood. The name itself is derived from the French word chandelle referring to a light fixture with branch supports hanging from a ceiling. Early chandeliers were formed from two beams in the shape of a cross with spikes embedded to hold each candle. This light source was commonly found in monasteries and wealthy castles. Candles were quite expensive and often rationed until the black of night. Only the rich could afford such a luxury. To maximize the effect of lighting, chandeliers were often placed near mirrors to increase the reflection. Shiny furnishings from this era have been discovered that were also utilized for this purpose.
The town blacksmith was a busy individual in the early 1800’s. Everything from tools and nails to cookware and furniture were constructed in small dark shops by a skilled craftsman. Wrought, which is derived from the meaning “worked metal,” was the iron of choice. In its authentic stage, wrought iron is embedded with slivers of iron silicate known as slag that actually change the chemical properties when heated. The slag gives this metal a grainy look similar to wood, adding to its physical appearance and beauty. Wrought iron was quite popular before the development of steelmaking. It was best known for strength, resistance to corrosion and malleability.
Unique in style and sensible in design, wrought iron floor lamps are some of the most striking and most practical pieces available to homeowners today. Illuminated in quiet splendor, wrought iron floor lamps not only add functionality to the room, they also add interest to the decor.
As you decide where to place the floor lamp in your room, consider what you will be using the room for. On the practical side of lighting, you’ll want to place lights where they illuminate your workspace. Floor lamps and table lamps are usually suggested for reading and other small hand tasks. They also are excellent accent lights when coupled with other lights in the room.