12 top-rated chandeliers that will upgrade your home
Please don't swing from these chandeliers.
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There are a few staple purchases that really make you feel like you’re an adult—and I’m not talking about big-ticket items like houses and life insurance policies. There’s something about walking into a home and seeing a chandelier that makes you think, “Oh, this person has made it.”
Chandeliers can be effortlessly elegant or boldly defiant, serving as great conversation pieces and striking modern home decor. And while you’re likely picturing a gold, multi-armed centerpiece straight from Beauty and the Beast, most modern chandeliers look much different and incorporate suspension, use LED lighting, and integrate with smart home technology.
We picked 12 modern chandeliers from retailers who specialize in modern lighting—Lumens and YLighting. Both carry models from some of our favorite designers and brands that can elevate your space and make you feel like you’re straight up living in a magazine.
1. This sleek chandelier that doesn’t even look like a chandelier
Altering the lighting in your living space can yield huge results. You can go small by adding LED lighting to the back of your television, or you can go big by buying a dynamic light fixture that you can alter to play with light and shading in your home. This bestselling LED chandelier features three linear lights that can be adjusted however you see fit—keep them straight, make them askew, or change them depending on your mood and call it “interactive art.”
The frames are metal, so you have the choice of a black, nickel, gold, or white finish. Plus, this chandelier can be hooked up to your dimmer, inching you closer to your goal of having a fully connected smart home.
2. This chandelier surrounded by bronze steel plates
There’s something effortlessly cool about a piece of art that changes depending on the angle—and that’s doubly true when it’s suspended from mid-air. Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater home, this chandelier features an array of steel plates made from different hues, meaning the colors can change depending on the color of your paint, the time of day, and the position it hangs in the house. We recommend getting it in soft gold or dark smoke to match the “it” color for kitchens in 2020—champagne.
Users love the quality of this chandelier, noting that it’s one-of-a-kind and a perfect centerpiece for dining rooms. They note that it provides good illumination, but conflict on how easy it is to install. It’s among the top-selling designs at Lumens.
3. This chandelier literally made from smoke
OK this bestselling chandelier does actually look like it comes from the set of a gothic Beauty and the Beast remake, but like—a really high-budget gritty spin on the fairy tale. The piece is meant to look burnt, so it only has three light-bearing arms and a bare fourth. Each piece is individually burned by the artist, meaning every fixture is unique.
Users love the fact that each chandelier is different, but note that they are incredibly fragile. Several users commented about how their fixture broke, but the process of fixing it with provided materials only added to the charm of the light.
4. A suspended LED chandelier ideal for Star Trek fans
This double suspension chandelier looks like something straight off the Starship Enterprise—and I’m into it. Two oval LED lights overlap to make a galaxy-like pattern, perfect for any modern living space or home looking to achieve a sleek, clean design.
This chandelier is large—user reviews note that it’s a great accent piece for empty areas, such as entryways or above dining tables. It’s among the top-rated designs available at YLighting.
5. This 42-bulb rectangular chandelier that screams ‘Look at me’
No, you did not misread that—this chandelier contains 42 bulbs and yet somehow doesn’t look like a terrifying creature from the deep sea. This top-rated chandelier is meant to evoke the look of bamboo. Twenty-one metal rods adorn a light at each end, so it more resembles a heartbeat or music wave. The entire chandelier is about two feet long—user reviews note that it’s perfect for hanging over the dining room table. Users also comment that it’s thankfully easy to assemble, despite the fact that it has lots of parts to screw in.
6. This claw-like chandelier that belongs in a gamer’s den
This highly rated pendant was absolutely made for a regal and dark foyer, or—closer to my heart—a gamer’s den decorated with fantasy posters and busts from The Witcher. The chandelier is meant to represent a flame—each leaf is hand-forged iron, while the bulbs are hand-blown glass. Images show the dark chandelier paired against lighter backgrounds, which help make the iron leaves pop (and really show the patterns from the hand-worked metal).
7. This fluffy white pendant chandelier
You’ve probably seen this chandelier before—this particular bubble pendant designed by George Nelson is among the most iconic lighting designs of the 20th century. Bubble pendants are a great way to add a touch of modern elegance to any space. This light is among a host designed by Nelson Bubble Lamps, making it ideal for standing on its own or pairing with two or three other bubble lamps.
Users appreciate how the light is a focal point for any room it sits in, whether the light is on or off. While on, the light illuminates the complicated pattern on the surface; when off, it acts as an attractive hanging feature. This pendant works particularly well with modern, farmhouse, and rustic decors.
8. A chandelier with love notes stuck to it … seriously
Being a newlywed, I leave my husband a love note every morning on a Post-It. Some are charming, but most are ridiculous, like “I love you more than our cat loves licking her own fur off the couch while we both stare in horror.” Naturally, he reads the notes, smiles, then recycles them. But after seeing this chandelier from Lumens, I’ve got a better idea for how I can start expressing my love every day.
This interactive and highly rated chandelier features 80 notes—31 pre-filled and 49 blank—all expressing thoughts of love and admiration. But user reviews note that you don’t have to include loves notes only—one user has guests leave notes as they stay at the house. This chandelier is unique, and it’s definitely not for everyone, but if the idea of an interactive mobile is intriguing, it may be a good fit for your home. Also, since it only features one bulb, it’s a great candidate for incorporating smart light bulbs in your living space.
9. This chandelier that doubles as a static firework
Coming in a range of sizes, this highly rated chandelier is a great choice for homeowners looking for a playful and engaging centerpiece. It comes with dozens of small LED lights that cast an illuminating shadow—plus, it can hook up to your dimmer so you can control the amount of light coming from the fixture. Users love the pattern it casts on walls and floors, and note that it comes pre-assembled (so you can take a breath now).
10. This multi-tiered chandelier that looks like a fun maze
This fun chandelier is among the top sellers at YLighting and has five tiers of lights and holds 30 bulbs. According to YLighting, it’s meant to be a modern interpretation of a classic chandelier—it ditches traditional curves and pointed bulbs for right angles and flat bulbs. Users note that it’s large and eye-catching, making it ideal for large entryways or hung from high-vaulted ceilings. They do warn that it’s not easy to self-install, so you may want to consider hiring a pro to hook this one up.
11. A birdhouse chandelier perfect for hanging in the kitchen
We absolutely love taking inspiration from well-designed kitchens, and one great trend we’re seeing is layering lighting—or using various lighting dimensions, such as hanging lights and undercabinet lights, to add depth to your kitchen. This rustic pendant chandelier is ideal for layering—it comes in 12 and 18 inches, so its length can be staggered depending on its location. Each chandelier comes with four bulbs and is compatible with dimmer switches, so you can pick light bulbs that work with your space and tastes. It’s not hard to see why it’s among the top selling chandeliers at YLighting.
12. This suspended chandelier that looks more like a musical instrument
This chandelier looks like something that belongs in a record shop—or more accurately, it looks like a stack of records wired for lighting. Either way, it’s an incredibly unique modern chandelier that provides warm lighting to any space. Since the rods and panes are darker, it looks best when paired with beige, white, or light spaces. As pictured, it uses Edison lightbulbs to play up the vintage factor—since the bulbs will be seen, we recommend using Edison or LED bulbs to ensure they don’t shine too bright and still look visually appealing. It’s highly rated among users and comes with a 15-year warranty.
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