The 8 Best Chandeliers to Buy in 2018

Light up your space with style

Sculptural Glass Pebble 7-Light Chandelier - Mixed
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A chandelier is a dramatic finishing touch in any room. Whether you’re using it to add cozy ambiance over a dining table or to complete the look of your foyer or living room, the right lighting is key for a finished, comfortable space. And with many styles and sizes available, you can find one that will be the perfect addition to your space.

While the style might be the first thing that attracts you to a chandelier, the size is the biggest key ​to whether it will work in your room. Before you...MORE start shopping, know your ceiling height and how much clearance you’ll need below the chandelier, as well — the bottom should be least six inches above the tallest person who will walk through the room or between 30" to 36" above a tabletop. Then the scale of your chandelier will be determined by the size of your room: A general rule of thumb is to add the length and width of your room (say 8’ x 10’) to get the best diameter chandelier (18” diameter). And generally, people tend to mimic the shape of the room or table with the shape of the chandelier — as in, a long rectangular table will get a long, rectangular hanging light.

With that in mind, read on for the best chandeliers for every room and style!

  • Best Vintage-Style Chandelier: Gypsy Color The Original Gypsy Crystal Chandelier

    Amp up the drama in a living room, foyer or formal dining room (or dare we say bathroom?) with this glitzy take on a vintage chandelier. The crystal chandelier comes with options: either hardwired or plug-in, plus four sizes and color options, as well (including clear, fuchsia, black and a multicolored version). Though the basic shape is the same, all those options of color, size and installation mean you can get just the right chandelier for your space. The medium sized-chandelier has five...MORE candleholder-style arms and is 19” diameter x 21” tall, a nice scale for a smaller round dining table or entryway. The chandelier can be hung up to 24” from the ceiling on an adjustable chain.The largest size is 27” diameter x 27” tall with nine arms, big enough to make a statement in a high-ceilinged room or over a large table.

  • Best Drum Shade Chandelier: Stone & Beam Classic Four-Arm Chandelier

    This clean-lined chandelier has a crisp white drum shade and an on-trend brass finish, perfect for modern and transitional dining areas or living room. The chandelier is on a fixed-length rod, so it’s 42” tall (including the rod) and 20” diameter. The long rod will drop the chandelier low over a dining table to provide ambient light while dining and entertaining, but as it cannot be adjusted, it’s important to measure your space –especially the space from your tabletop to your ceiling —to make...MORE sure it doesn’t hang too low. This chandelier is simple and elegant, and versatile enough to work with many kinds of decor. Plus, it has a very affordable price tag. 

  • Best Sputnik Chandelier: Electro_BP Vintage Metal Chandelier

    For lovers of Midcentury modern style, a sputnik chandelier is frequently on the wish list. Named after the many-armed design that looks like the first rocket launched into space, this exposed-bulb chandelier casts light in all directions (the vintage Edison bulbs are sold separately). The fixture itself is 14” tall (not including the rod) and 35” diameter, and the chandelier comes with two rods that can be used individually or together to adjust the height of the chandelier. That large diameter...MORE means the chandelier will look good over a big table or, on a shorter rod, can light up a living room without looking too teeny. Though assembly can be tricky for some, this chandelier offers a lot of “bang for your buck.”

    One reviewer mentioned installing this with a dimmer switch might be wise since the chandelier gives off a lot of light and the bulbs can be a bit cost prohibitive. 

  • Best Formal Over-the-Table Chandelier: Siljoy Modern Crystal Chandelier

    Sometimes when you have a long rectangular table, a square or round chandelier can look out of scale — that’s why this dramatic chandelier is great for a dining room. Available in three different sizes, from 31.5” long to 47” long, you’ll be able to find a size that works for your table. The chandelier is made of stainless steel with clear crystal accents. The strings it hangs from are adjustable, and it comes with chandelier bulbs and a few extra pieces. One caveat: You will have to assemble...MORE the chandelier when it arrives, a process that many reviewers called time-consuming but worth it. Plus, if you are looking for something a little more tailored to your table or space this company offers custom lighting at an affordable price. 

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    Best Casual Over-the-Table: Sculptural Glass Pebble 7-Light Chandelier

    If a crystal chandelier is too formal for your dining space, but you still have a large table that demands a larger chandelier, consider this modern seven-light chandelier. The adjustable-height chandelier is 40.5”  x 13.7”  x 20”. It’s available in four shade colors, including clear, smoke, celadon and champagne, and with brass or bronze hanging rods. The seven differently-shaped shades each hang from a single rectangular base and land at varying heights to provide ambient light near your...MORE tabletop. This set has to be hardwired into your ceiling.

  • Best Transitional Chandelier: Hardware House Bristol 5-Light Chandelier

    With frosted tulip-shaped shades and a satin nickel finish, this chandelier has a style that speaks both to antique-inspired and more modern interiors. The chandelier is medium-sized at 24”  x 15”, and hangs from an adjustable chain that is hardwired into the ceiling. Because it’s wider than it is tall, this is a nice option for a living room,  medium-sized dining area or somewhere with a low ceiling because it has a small hang. You can also purchase a similarly-styled single pendant light to...MORE coordinate this chandelier with the lighting in adjoining spaces.

  • Best Foyer Chandelier: Canarm Sumerside 5-Light Chandelier

    Available in oil-rubbed bronze or chrome, this globe chandelier nods to the past with the candelabra-style arms but gets an update from the clean outer rings that encircle them. At 25.2” x 26.5” tall, this would make a cool statement in an entryway. It hangs on a chain that’s adjustable up to five feet long (cor is six feet), plenty of length for very tall foyers. This orb chandelier feels vintage and industrial at the same time. 

    This does require 5 vintage filament 60 Watt bulbs, Type C  which...MORE is not included. 

  • Best Industrial Rustic Chandelier: Globe Electric Shade 5-Light Chandelier

    For casual drama in a living room or dining room, this industrial-style chandelier is both elegant and unfussy. The 5-light chandelier is 28.9” x 47.2” at the longest rod setting, but the hanging bar comes in three pieces so you can adjust the hanging height. The light is fully dimmable and compatible with LED bulbs. And the line comes with coordinating 3-light, 4-light or pendant fixtures that you could buy separately if you wanted to coordinate lighting through adjoining spaces, like a great...MORE room or shared kitchen and dining space.

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