Buying Guide

Best Chandeliers for Your Home

Types of Chandeliers

Crystal chandeliers are the most traditional and popular type of chandelier, but the ornate glasswork may not fit with the look of every home.


A chandelier's type describes its structure, and each type is available in a variety of styles

Chandelier Styles
Description
Antler - Chandeliers Brings outdoor, rustic charm indoors with authentic-looking antlers.
Cage - Chandeliers Feature a light source surrounded by a metal, wire or wood cage
Candle-Style - Chandeliers Designed to resemble candles and may include fabric shades to cover the bulbs
Center Bowl - Chandeliers Feature a large bowl suspended in the center of the light fixture
Cluster - Chandeliers Several lights hang down in a cluster from one solid base affixed to the ceiling
Crystal - Chandeliers Have numerous tiny glass or crystal spheres that bounce light around the room
Drum - Chandeliers Have a center shade that resembles a drum, with a fabric cover that dims the light like a lamp shade
Empire - Chandeliers Crystals and lights arranged in an elegant style to bring glitz and glamour to any room
Globe - Chandeliers Clean, spherical lines enclose lights in the center
Island - Chandeliers Feature a modern open design Often three or more lights hanging in a straight row
Lantern - Chandeliers Rustic, outdoor look that often features exposed Edison bulbs
Linear - Chandeliers Versatile, contemporary look that arranges all the lights in a straight line framed by an oval or rectangular base
Mini - Chandeliers Small, compact version of traditional chandeliers; ideal for smaller rooms or spaces
Schoolhouse - Chandeliers Features a vintage, industrial frame and schoolhouse shades
Sputnik - Chandeliers Modern chandelier with exposed, metallic arms supporting lights sticking out from the center
Standard - Chandeliers Clean, basic look that blends in with any room; more affordable option
Starburst - Chandeliers Unique, modern look that is similar to Sputnik with more decorative accents; looks like a starburst
Wagon Wheel - Chandeliers Offers a contemporary appearance with lights supported by a circular base
Chandelier Style

Once you've chosen the type of chandelier you want, it's time to explore styles.


Modern chandeliers, rustic chandeliers and cottage chandeliers have recently gained popularity in America.

Bohemian
Bohemian Chandelier

Bohemian

Vintage look, often bronze with beads and ornate glass.

Classic
Classic Chandelier

Classic

Traditional design to match any home without much flourish; typically the most affordable style.

Coastal
Coastal chandelier

Coastal

Brings the look and feel of the outdoors to the inside of your home. Ideal for rooms with a fun, tropical feel.



Cottage
Cottage Chandelier

Cottage

Traditional design to match any home without much flourish; typically the most affordable style.

Glam
Glam chandelier

Glam

Imaginative and original look with lots of glass and glamour. Glass, crystal and mirrors reflect the light to create shimmering beauty.

Industrial
Industrial chandelier

Industrial

Modern, bare-bones look best suited for industrial spaces.

Mediterranean
Mediterranean Chandelier

Mediterranean

Ideal for Middle Eastern looks or glam decor; often bright gold or yellow colored.

Mid-Century Modern
Mid-Century Modern

Mid-Century Modern

Often utilize glass shades and a frame inspired by Space Age styling.



Minimalist
Minimalist chandelier

Minimalist

Simple, casual, contemporary look that will match any room’s aesthetic with a low cost.

Modern
modern chandelier

Modern

Clean geometry creates contemporary style. Simple and modern.

Rustic
Rustic chandelier

Rustic

Often utilize wood or wood-look pieces. Inspired by nature and ideal for country-style rooms.

Transitional
Transitional chandelier

Transitional

Complements a range of decor from traditional to contemporary


 


Chandelier Size & Placement
Chandelier Placement

Follow these three easy steps to get the right size chandelier:

  • Measure the length and width of the room in feet (ex: 12 ft. + 10 ft.)
  • Add the numbers together (12 + 10 = 22 ft.)
  • This number, in inches, is the suggested width of your chandelier (22 in.)
Directional Lighting

There are three main types of chandeliers, classified by the direction in which they cast light: upward, downward and ambient.

  • Upward chandeliers cast light from the base of the chandelier up to the ceiling. This light direction creates softer lighting that is great for decorative purposes.
  • Downward chandeliers cast light from the base of the chandelier down to the floor, table or onto other pieces of furniture or household items. This light direction creates more direct light that is great for task lighting.
  • Ambient chandeliers cast light in all directions. This light direction creates a glowing effect for full illumination.
  • Some chandeliers are hybrids that cast light in more than one direction. For example, multi-select chandeliers cast light upward and downward.
  • Dimmers work very well with chandeliers to control the amount of lighting you want to control the ambience in the room.

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