If shine is the jewelry of a room, then chandeliers must be the statement necklaces. Whether traditional or modern, elegant or eclectic, these dangling dazzlers can instantly up the romance quotient of a room and elevate your décor to the next level.
Smaller chandeliers are ideal for scaled-down spaces like dining rooms and bedrooms, while the big boys work best in large, formal dining rooms, foyers, and living rooms. Also take into consideration the height of the ceiling, and what you’ll place underneath the chandelier. If it’s over a wide dining table or hanging from a cathedral ceiling, you won’t have to worry about guests knocking their noggins against it, and can go for something longer and more ornate. But if it’s suspended over a conversation nook or a claw-foot bathtub, a mini chandelier is probably in order. Remember to leave as much space around the chandelier as possible, to encourage the full ooh-ahh effect.
Need some chandelier inspiration? If you don’t live near an antiques store or flea market, eBay is a great source for vintage chandeliers. Or try one of these vintage-style and modern interpretations.