Merriam-Webster defines a chandelier as “a branched often ornate lighting fixture suspended from a ceiling,” but as most decorators and homeowners know, all chandeliers are not created equal. Or equally fancy. While there are branched-arm chandelier structures that are complex and ornate, it’s possible to find a more subdued style that fits your home décor. Whether you fancy jewels and pendants, or clean lined and decorative, there’s a fixture out there that wants to hang out in your house, too.
ORNATE, YET DELICATE
If your furniture is simple, complete your room with a chandelier that has the same delicate simplicity of your home with hand polished glass crystals. Inspired by the grand chateaus of Southern France, the Murray Feiss Light Chateau Chandelier, in mocha/bronze has just enough detail to add pizzazz to your ambiance (LightingUniverse.com, $499).
Inspired by a design initially found in a 1910 Portland home, this sleek piece is reminiscent of an antique and created with attention to authenticity, quality, and value. Perfect for a formal dining area or a comfortable eat-in kitchen, the Hamlin design is perfect for your cottage, bungalow, ranch, or any home that represents 19th century style (Rejuvenation.com, $1009).
SPARKLE AND SHINE
For sparkle, shine, and plenty of light in your foyer, kitchen, or breakfast nook these Booth Bay II Clear Holophane Pendant Pair blend nicely with both contemporary and traditional décor. If you're a DIY-er, you can easily change the length of the hanging lamps with an adjustable wire cord (LampGoods on Etsy.com, $129).
For a clean, classic appearance, choose a hanging fixture with smooth alabaster shades for understated elegance. The Avalon chandelier is available in bronze, burnished brass, or satin nickel set on a smooth canopy with elegant detail (ZiaPriven.com, inquire for pricing).
OLD WORLD RUSTIC
For a chic, French country look, a Weathervane chandelier will add dimension and direction to your kitchen or dining room. Finish the cast iron rustic fixture with burlap chandelier shades to round out the authentic design (PotteryBarn.com, $320).