Chandelier - pics or opinions of either?

les_baileyNovember 28, 2010

We're building new. The Dining ended up 15x15, off the foyer, two separate windows to front porch, 9' ceiling with a little trim as a faux trey, crown moulding, chair rail, wide board character hardwood. Home style so far in frame + stone w/wrought iron style exterior lighting, etc. We will be getting new dining furniture next coupla years to replace creaky-but-lovely Grandmother's Duncan Phyfe federal-style pieces, so matching to them not preferable.

Builder is using Progress Lighting, and we're looking @ either the Torino 6-light w/bottom 3-light dome, or the Melbourne 9-light. Between us two, I won't mention Who prefers Which. ;-)

Do any of you have pics of either Torino or Melbourne installed in your home, or have experience with them? Or any opinion on either? We haven't seen either light "in person" - nobody seems to carry exact colors or styles in stock (silly, we know, to actually want to SEE something before you do your whole home in it). So we turn to You. Any responses TIA ! (I'd post links / pics of the lights, but am a little challenged doing that on GW yet, sorry!)

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Torino is tea stained and TO ME has a visually softer look if you like to play with color in your home.......Will work well if you like soft cream or almond walls and you like colors such as burgundy,hunter,chocolate,etc...
Melbourne's glass is 'water marked' and would work if you will have a lot of white in the home......
It's all a matter of preference...
I would google MELBOURNE and look carefully at the glass.. If you enlarge the pics of the GLASS,it appears to be very 'flecky' which i don't like...
Progress Lighting has a tendency to be be VERY EASY to date within a 2 to 3 year period bc of the glass....
I personally don't like ANY variation in my glass.. I like solid etched white or softly tea stained..
IMHO the current trend of swirls and flecks will be short lived....
If those are your only two choices I would stick with the TORINO just bc of the soft tea stained glass... It is less visually distracting....
ALSO, with Tea stained Torino you can use fluorescent bulbs and the output isn't so bright.....

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