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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