Formal vs. Casual Chandeliers: What’s the Difference?

It’s hard to imagine a chandelier as being “casual.” You probably imagine most chandeliers to be large and ornate, decorated with beautiful crystals and many light bulbs. While these formal chandeliers are still popular, the trend in chandelier styles has changed drastically. Now designers create chandeliers to meet our contemporary needs, and they’re still just as stylish!

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When picking out a chandelier, it is important that the design of the chandelier matches the style of the room. You don’t want a formal chandelier installed in a casual area. Most of the time, just looking at a chandelier will tell you what style it is, but it’s also helpful to have an idea of what characteristics make a chandelier formal or casual.

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Photo Credit: Beautiful Things

Formal Chandeliers

Rarely do we find the large crystal chandeliers you see in old movies, but crystal chandeliers don’t have to be quite as large to be considered formal. They don’t even need to be crystal! Brass or iron chandeliers also present an elegant, formal style that instantly makes a room look more sophisticated. Sometimes it’s even the design of the chandelier that lends a classy appearance. The more graceful tiers and bulb or candle holders the chandelier has, the dressier it tends to look.

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Casual Chandeliers

Casual chandeliers come in a variety of styles, shapes and materials. Generally though, casual fixtures are created with simpler lines and less-over-the-top designs than a formal chandelier would have. If you have a room that would benefit from a chandelier (and what room wouldn’t?), but needs a more laid-back design, try hanging up a wooden chandelier or one that has smaller covered lamps. Simple chandeliers can still look unique and add style to any room, but won’t look out of place in a casual and relaxed environment.

What room in your home could use a chandelier? Browse through our selection of chandeliers and find the perfect level of simplicity or complexity that looks best in your room.

5 Places you can now Install a Chandelier

If you love chandeliers, but feel you don’t have the “proper” place to install one, then we have good news for you. Thanks to recent design trends and the fact that many of today’s homes are less formal than before, chandeliers can be used in any room of the house. That’s right – no longer are chandeliers reserved just for the dining room or the foyer. Now there are casual, elegant, and modern designs to fit in with any style of room. Here are just 5 unique places you can now install a chandelier:

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1. Over the bed: Want to give your master bedroom a more romantic and elegant feel? Well, one of the simplest ways to transform the look of the bedroom is to install a chandelier right above the bed. Depending on your bedroom’s design, there are many styles of chandeliers that could work including crystal chandeliers or fixtures with soft-glow bulbs.

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2. Outdoors: Out of all the places you might have considered installing a chandelier, you probably never thought of outside! With a chandelier hung up on your patio, you can enjoy a nice meal and a glass of wine with family or friends. If you have a front porch with a couch or chairs, create a relaxing atmosphere by installing a casual chandelier. If you have to use a chandelier that operates on candles, use flameless candles for better safety.

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3. Walk-in closet: A walk-in closet has a way of making a room feel luxurious and now you can make it appear even more lavish by hanging up an elegant chandelier. While you might choose to install an elegant and classy chandelier, make sure it isn’t too big so that it gets in the way. A walk-in closet may be bigger than your average sized closet, but it still isn’t as large as most rooms.

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4. In the bathroom: Create a relaxed atmosphere in the bathroom by installing a chandelier above the bathtub. The soft glow of the chandelier will make long, hot baths even more enjoyable and you’ll come out feeling refreshed.

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Photo credit: Geuhne-Made

5. Over the kitchen island: Just because the kitchen is a highly functional room, doesn’t mean you can’t make it stylish! Try installing several mini chandeliers over the kitchen island or just one large chandelier to give the kitchen a more unique look. Friends and family will be more drawn to the island countertop and it will become the heart of the kitchen.

Where in your home can you install a chandelier? Try out one or more of these ideas and add some style to your home!

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The benefits of hanging a chandelier

Many homeowners, maybe including you, tend to think of chandeliers as being “too fancy” or over-the-top; light fixtures that wouldn’t fit in with their home’s style or design. Because of this notion, you probably have never even considered hanging up a chandelier in your home. If that’s the case, then it’s time to learn a little bit more about the benefits of hanging a chandelier and why you should consider one for your home. A chandelier:

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Saves space

Decorating a room to look more appealing can be tricky if you’re working with limited space. If you hang up a chandelier, however, you can add style and visual appeal without making a room more cramped! Even really tiny spaces like walk-in closets can use a chandelier and you’ll still have all of the space you need for clothes and shoes.

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Adds more impact

Whether the chandelier is modern, formal or casual, it is able to capture attention in a way that many other light fixtures can’t. Being the center of attention is no small feat, but chandeliers easily create a focal point in any room. Whether it is their unique design or soft, elegant glow, chandeliers bring a room to life and illuminate the rest of the room to look more appealing.

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Can fit in with different styles and designs

Chandeliers have come a long way in design and function. While chandeliers in the past were just for formal areas like the dining room or grand foyer, they have now expanded into new territory. With so many different styles of chandeliers, you can hang one in any room of your home! All you have to do is match the style of chandelier with the style of your room.

Whether a room requires the traditional formal chandelier, a unique modern style or a casual fixture design, you can be sure to find the perfect chandelier to enhance and transform your space. If you’re stuck with the notion that chandeliers can only be fancy, it’s time to form a new opinion. Take advantage of the benefits newer chandeliers have to offer and install one – or more – in your home!

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Think a chandelier isn’t right for your home? Think again!

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Chandeliers might make you think of European palaces dripping in grandeur, but these versatile lighting fixtures could be more suited to your own humble abode than you think. They can add interest and drama to rooms of all sizes, and it’s surprisingly easy to find options that suit your tastes and your home’s existing aesthetic.

By its most basic definition, a chandelier is a hanging fixture. But from that basic starting point, chandelier styles veer in almost countless directions, from the ornate and glamorous to the restrained and masculine. While some make a seriously declarative statement, others add a surprisingly subtle bit of sparkle that can dress up an otherwise lackluster space.

Here are some ideas to make chandeliers work in your home:

* Don’t be afraid of small spaces. Since they come in all shapes and sizes – including mini – chandeliers can work everywhere from a powder room to a guest bedroom. Just keep head clearance in mind, relative to the height of your ceilings and the dimensions of the fixture.

* Mix and match. While keeping your style straightforward is always  a good option, taking a more playful approach can spice up a home. In a minimal space, a chandelier can add a pop of visual interest that becomes the focal point of a room. Or, if your taste tends toward the eclectic, mixing historic styles – from French renaissance to Art Deco – can show off all sides of your personality.

* Add definition. If you have a particular room that just doesn’t have a “personality,” a chandelier can be a quick fix to bring it to life. Make sure that it has enough size (proportional to the room) and character to stand out and get noticed.

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