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It’s easier than ever to make a statement in your space by hanging a chandelier. These showstopping light fixtures were once reserved for formal dining rooms and grand entrances, but designers are now using chandeliers in every room — kitchens, bedrooms, even bathrooms! Whether you prefer a timeless crystal chandelier or trendy modern chandeliers are more your style, check out these tips below to help find your new favorite lighting fixture.

What styles do chandeliers come in?

Chandelier lights have come a long way from the traditional styles they once were. While you can still find plenty of traditional versions, if that suits your taste, there are thousands of alternative styles to choose from that will be a perfect fit for your home’s unique feel. Here are a few of the most popular styles available:

What size should my chandelier be?

Determining the size of your new light fixture will depend on several key factors:

Room size: Be sure the overall size of the chandelier is not too big or small for the room it will be installed in. If you’re guessing, it’s best to choose something slightly too big rather than too small — something large will look like a statement, whereas something too small can look dinky and out of place. A general guideline to determine the ideal diameter is to add the width and length of your room together (in feet), then use that measurement in inches as the size of the light fixture. For example, a room that is 12 feet by 14 feet would need a chandelier that’s 26 inches in diameter.

Height: A higher ceiling lends itself better to a larger light fixture, but as a rule of thumb, chandelier light fixtures should hang no more than 7 feet from the floor, regardless of ceiling height. If it’s hung above a surface, like a tabletop, give the surface and chandelier at least 30 to 32 inches of separation.

Placement: Consider where you are planning to place your new chandelier. If it’s going over a piece of furniture, like a dining table or kitchen island, make sure it doesn’t overpower the furniture itself. Look for one that’s approximately three-quarters the width of the object you’re placing it over. If it’s going to be suspended freely in an entryway or living space, you have a little more freedom when it comes to scale — refer to the room size point above.
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Featured Reviews of Chandeliers

Modern Chandelier Rain Drop Crystal Ball Ceiling Lamp
November 15, 2016
perfect replacement: we needed a replacement for a favorite chandelier of ours that was damaged beyond repair. my wife and i selected the round chandelier with crystal balls from Houzz and it is better than we expected and produces more light than the original.
Crystal Glass 5-Light Luxury Chandelier, Chrome
April 4, 2016
Luxury Chandelier: I wanted this chandelier after I saw a similar one at Z Gallerie in Atlanta, Ga. This item is not as detailed and big, however so far so good. Its is sure to add the style that I am looking for. I will update and post pictures once I have the entire living room set up.
Amanda Antique-Style Copper 4-Light Rectangular Crystal Chandelier
July 10, 2017
in love!: I had my eye on a chandelier very similar to this one at Lowe's. I was thrilled when I found this one that was exactly the same size for almost $100 less! It was wonderfully packaged with all the glass bobs individually wrapped and a few extra included. You do have to assemble the glass bobs on the frame, but I found it fairly simple once the frame was installed and hanging. Oh... and shipping was super fast. Over all I LOVE this light fixture and am definitely not disappointed. I would highly recommend this product especially if you are a fan of the one sold at Lowe's. The difference in the two is not enough to even notice.
Yvette Crystal Chandelier
August 31, 2016
Very pleased with my purchase: Not only did my new light fixture arrive early, but I am very pleased with the product. It is exactly as shown on the Houzz website, finish, dimensions and description. I would recommend this light fixture to others interested in adding a touch of elegance and glamour to their home.
Sunburst 12-Light Brass Chandelier
March 12, 2017
Breathtaking: I love this light fixture. It is just beautiful. If you purchase, you must get the led bulbs. The bulbs that I purchased were from Home Depot. They don't exactly go off all the way, so they continue to luminate once off. BEAUTIFUL. The description said 12 lights but it is actually 14.
Arachnid 12-Light Chandelier, Brass
March 13, 2017
A Great Buy for the Price!: After shopping around online and in stores I finally decided to purchase this product. It is a great value for the price. Easy to assemble but mounting it can be tricky. Overall I think this is a great buy!
Sputnik 18-Light Chandelier, Brass
January 8, 2017
Awesome chandelier: This chandelier was so much cheaper then the other sputnik options I had come across online so I was worried it may not be the best quality; these worries were completely unfounded however, it looks great and I get compliments on it all the time. It did take a solid 2 hours of my day to install it however, each rod takes a while to screw in and it is a little difficult so make sure you have a good pair of pliers handy.
Castello 4-Light Rustic Industrial Chandelier
April 20, 2017
Beautiful Chandelier: This is such a beautiful chandelier. I'm very happy I purchased it. It looks more expensive than the price. I would highly recommend this chandelier if you're looking for a rustic/farmhouse/casual with a hint of glam. Perfect!
4-Light Vine And Crystal Chandelier Ceiling Fixture, Antique Copper
June 18, 2018
Beautiful Chandelier: This is truly a beautiful light. I ordered 2 of them. Prepare for a lot of manual assembly. The crystals have to be added on individually and took close to an hour for each light. Installation was fairly easy but requires 2 people so someone can hold the light while the other connects the wires.
Forge Industrial Island Light, 7 Lights
May 1, 2018
Absolutely gorgeous.: I love this product so much!!!! It looks perfect in my dining room, it truly is the perfect touch! It took a while to ship but it showed up about a month earlier than expected. I ordered April 1st and received it April 25th instead of May 20th!

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