Murano Style Splurge

28th July 2016

Murano glass is on the top of my Style Spurge wish list. www.welovehomeblog.comI’ve had a fascination with Murano glass since I was a little. My mum had this beautiful paperweight – a holiday momento from a trip to Venice – it was filled with glassy swirls in rainbow shades which I adored. To me, it is the mark of good taste – just flick through pages of Vogue and you’ll see in the homes of fashionistas you’ll see ornate chandeliers dangling up above. This is why Murano glass is my Style Spurge.

Image above by Interior Designer Sash Bikoff

When I went Venice 8 years ago I was blown away by the Murano glass chandeliers in the hotels, restaurants and even shops. What is ‘Murano‘ glass exactly? It is pretty, delicate highly ornate hand-blown glass from the island of Murano, just off Venice, Italy. It’s fancy, frilly, extremely delicate – it looks like an iced wedding cake. So me!  Murano glass is on the top of my Style Spurge wish list. www.welovehomeblog.com

Image from Apartmentherapy

The Italians have been hand-blowing glass for centuries, with artisans weaving threads of gold or multi-coloured ribbons of glass into their creations. The making of the glass used to be so top-secret that if the glassblower left the island of Murano to set up their own factory elsewhere, it was punishable by death (this is how much the Italians love their glass). As it is so exclusive it has always come with a pretty hefty price tag.

Murano glass is on the top of my Style Spurge wish list. www.welovehomeblog.comImage from Wendy Schwartz Design via Cococozy

I’ve daydreamed about owning a Murano chandelier because they are so girly. Over the years, I’ve spotted them in the homes of fashion stylists and interior designer – adding glamour to simple room schemes. Antique designs were covered in ornate fruits and flowers just bursting off them.

I never thought I would be able to afford one to be honest. That was until I discovered that they have been updated for today’s more modern tastes. They come in a riot of electric colours, and you can order them on-line at a more reasonable cost (especially if you shop the sales). My favourite: the pure white Perseo – and at 520 Euros – way more within my budget.

Murano glass is on the top of my Style Spurge wish list. www.welovehomeblog.com

I can see it in an all black room, can’t you? Just popping out – something you would see in a cutting edge hotel lobby like Sketch or The Sanderson both in London.  I found it used here in a black and pink room scheme on Gold And Gray blog. Looks amazing hey?

Murano glass is on the top of my Style Spurge wish list. www.welovehomeblog.com

For modernist, the classic Murano light fitting has to be the Venetian glass that came out in the 1960s and 70s – for me the heyday of this glass. Inspired by iconic moments of that era with names like Sputnik and Fellini and Marylin – these lights are pure statement (investment) pieces for your forever home.

They really are a style splurge but you don’t have to go wild with the ornate lighting fixtures. There are tons of other beautiful Murano pieces that can make a statement in your home without costing an arm and a leg. I love Murano vases which grouped together on a shelf would look artistically cool. I’m looking out for a mirror to hang above my fireplace in my bedroom – and these pieces are just perfect for a bedroom setting.  I found the piece below by Sogni Di Cristallo. They have lots and lots of beautiful pieces – from modern to vintage fittings, and they have a little bit of information on making of the glass so you know it has come from Italy. Murano glass is on the top of my Style Spurge wish list. www.welovehomeblog.com

I just love that all of the glass is hand-made in on the beautiful island of Murano, Italy and that is definitely part of the appeal (and the splurge!) Could you see one of these light fittings in your home?


** Disclaimer: This post was in collaboration with Sogni Di Cristallo. As always people – thoughts and opinions are all mine ?


  • Reply
    29th July 2016 at 1:28 pm

    The image of that blue chandelier in situ is GORGEOUS. Definitely a statement piece that would need carefully co-ordinating but if it’s pulled off right, it’s such a wow-feature. I love these!

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      29th July 2016 at 5:12 pm

      Time to splurge Karen!

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    Carole King
    29th July 2016 at 5:30 pm

    I usually find these chandeliers a bit too decorative for my taste but that white one is gorgeous. x

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    Karen - Making Spaces
    29th July 2016 at 7:22 pm

    Chandeliers are back. The bigger the better. These pieces are beautiful, my fave being the paired back white one you picked out from their more affordable range. Really nice!!x

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      1st August 2016 at 11:31 am

      I really want to squeeze the all-white one into my home somewhere

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        Lustre De Verre
        17th December 2017 at 7:29 pm

        I have already two pieces of artworks like the one that you have described. I am really in love with chandeliers. I am planning to go back to Venice and look for something new fitting my house :). Thanks for sharing your post.

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    Old Fashioned Susie
    29th July 2016 at 8:30 pm

    Dreaming of chandeliers!! I was also blown (excuse the pun) away when I went to Venice by all the glass- such artistry!

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      1st August 2016 at 11:30 am

      Need to plan a trip back for sure, don’t we! even if it is just for the shopping.

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    30th July 2016 at 3:23 pm

    Love all the info in this post on the history of Murano glass. I was at an art history conference once where someone was showing how the halos in Venetian Renaissance portrait were influenced by developments in glass manufacture (basically the halos became more glass-like and translucent, but obvs she said it on lots more detail!). I can definitely see one of these chandeliers in your home!

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      1st August 2016 at 11:29 am

      I never knew that Molly. I love little bits of info like that, makes you look at things so differently

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    1st August 2016 at 11:32 am

    I love that second image with the blue chandelier making a statement in an otherwise neutral room. Beautiful x

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      1st August 2016 at 7:17 pm

      It’s a splash of colour that just hits the spot, doesn’t it?

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    1st August 2016 at 7:31 pm

    I’ve been to Venice a few times and it was fascinating to see them making and blowing the glass, I don’t know if I’d go for a chandelier myself but I can imagine they’d look great as a statement piece in a period property with tall ceilings or equally in a super modern home x

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      1st August 2016 at 8:30 pm

      I love it when you have a chandelier resting in a corner of a modern minimal home…

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    Giulia | YourMurano
    29th March 2019 at 2:32 pm

    Great article!
    It’s beautiful to see how Murano glass is evolving and we think it’s important to spread knowledge about original Murano glass.
    I really am happy to read that you appreciate Murano glass art.
    Beautiful photos too!

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