Brighten up your home with a traditional crystal chandelier or update your home with a more modern look

Installing a chandelier in your home is an easy, inexpensive way to bring a feeling of elegance and sophistication into your dining room, foyer, or even master bedroom or bathroom. This guide will teach you the basic types of chandeliers and walk you through a few tips on installation.

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.

  • Antler
  • Brings outdoor, rustic charm indoors with authentic-looking antlers.
  • Feature a light source surrounded by a metal, wire or wood cage
  • Designed to resemble candles and may include fabric shades to cover the bulbs
  • Feature a large bowl suspended in the center of the light fixture
  • Cluster
  • 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
  • Have a center shade that resembles a drum, with a fabric cover that dims the light like a lamp shade
  • Empire
  • Crystals and lights arranged in an elegant style to bring glitz and glamour to any room
  • Globe
  • Clean, spherical lines enclose lights in the center
  • Feature a modern open design
  • Often three or more lights hanging in a straight row
  • Lantern
  • Rustic, outdoor look that often features exposed Edison bulbs
  • Linear
  • Versatile, contemporary look that arranges all the lights in a straight line framed by an oval or rectangular base
  • Mini
  • Small, compact version of traditional chandeliers; ideal for smaller rooms or spaces
  • Schoolhouse
  • Features a vintage, industrial frame and schoolhouse shades
  • Sputnik
  • Modern chandelier with exposed, metallic arms supporting lights sticking out from the center
  • Standard
  • Clean, basic look that blends in with any room; more affordable option
  • Starburst
  • Unique, modern look that is similar to Sputnik with more decorative accents; looks like a starburst
  • Wagon Wheel
  • 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
  • Vintage look, often bronze with beads and ornate glass.
  • Classic
  • Traditional design to match any home without much flourish; typically the most affordable style.
  • Coastal
  • Brings the look and feel of the outdoors to the inside of your home. Ideal for rooms with a fun, tropical feel.
  • Cottage
  • Designed in French Country style with a simple and elegant look.
  • Glam
  • Imaginative and original look with lots of glass and glamour. Glass, crystal and mirrors reflect the light to create shimmering beauty.
  • Industrial
  • Modern, bare-bones look best suited for industrial spaces.
  • Mediterranean
  • Ideal for Middle Eastern looks or glam decor; often bright gold or yellow colored.
  • Mid-Century Modern
  • Often utilize glass shades and a frame inspired by Space Age styling.
  • Minimalist
  • Simple, casual, contemporary look that will match any room’s aesthetic with a low cost.
  • Modern
  • Clean geometry creates contemporary style. Simple and modern.
  • Rustic
  • Often utilize wood or wood-look pieces. Inspired by nature and ideal for country-style rooms.
  • 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:

  1. Measure the length and width of the room in feet (ex: 12 ft. + 10 ft.)
  2. Add the numbers together (12 + 10 = 22 ft.)
  3. 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.