There is nothing like coming into a room and being greeted by the luxuriousness of a chandelier. The word chandelier even sounds luxurious and what's not to love about anything related to luxury? Modern chandeliers provide necessary ambient illumination while also molding a space's very own personality, introducing it as one with comfortable class or contemporary attitude.

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Chandelier comes from the French word for candlestick, suggesting warmth and traditional familiarity, but it has grown to mean so much more in terms of creating the look of a space or tying a room together.

Where Chandeliers Work Best

Because of the luxurious statement a chandelier makes, this type of ceiling light is best placed where it can recieve optimal visibility. In grand entryways and foyers, a large chandelier makes a memorable first impression in a 2-tier, 3-tier or even 5-tier design. A designer chandelier in your entryway makes an immediate statement of your sense of style while also providing an ample amount of illumination. Chandelier light fixtures also work well for dining room lighting, creating ambiance and setting the desired mood whether romantic or casual. For intimate dinner parties or casual dining with the family, a chandelier can easily be the centerpiece of the dining room. A kitchen chandelier can improve the overall lighting design for larger kitchen and cooking areas and in the living room, a decorative chandelier will become the topic of conversation. While the entryway, dining room, kitchen and living room are where a chandelier often finds its home, the fixture is being seen more and more in bathrooms and bedrooms as a way to add similar mood lighting and ambiance, especially when controlled by a dimmer switch.

A Chandelier for Every Style

A chandelier is most often pictured in its most traditional form with a candelabra structure of a metal frame supporting several candlestick arms. However, innovations in design introduce several new shapes and styles of chandeliers that fit homes with transitional, mid-century modern, Scandinavian and luxurious decor. Contemporary chandeliers combine clean lines with modern manufacturing practices to deliver stunning pieces like those from Moooi and Flos. Most chandelier designs by Robert Abbey fit restoration-themed homes and look to a Jonathan Adler chandelier to fit spaces inspired by the style of the 1950s. Crystal chandeliers from Swarovski Lighting immediately convey a sense of luxury, while an LED chandelier can express your sense of energy efficiency. For any style of interior design, you are sure to find a chandelier here you will love.

Choosing the Right Chandelier Size

In addition to their range of styles, chandeliers are available in an number of sizes. Mini chandeliers are perfect for compact spaces like small bedrooms and bathroom. Conversely, large chandeliers are the ideal choice for the entry or foyer. When shopping for a new chandelier, be sure to view its dimensions to get the best gauge of the fixture's width, height and cable suspension length. With all of the right sizing information, you will be prepared to have the perfect chandelier for your home. If you have any questions about the sizes of chandeliers featured here, please call our lighting experts at 877.445.4486.

Other Great Options

If you love high end chandeliers (like we do), then consider the visual and physical benefits of swag kits and stem or chain extensions to really enhance the appearance of the light fixture. Finally, if you don't quite have the space for a chandelier, you may want to check out the selection of pendant lighting and flush ceiling lights. Although similar in style to the chandeliers offered here, pendants will take up less space and a flush mount fixture mounts directly to the ceiling, making them ideal in spaces with a minimal ceiling to floor height.

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