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7 Showstopping Ideas for Hanging a Chandelier

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The glamour and sheer exuberance of a chandelier can transform a space—so why save all the fun for the formal dining room? From the living room to the kitchen to, yes, even the bath, there’s a place for a chandelier in every room of your home. Check out some of our favorites below and get inspired to give your space a brilliant update.

In the Entryway

What better place for a grand statement than the entry? Make the most of a tall ceiling with a large-scale piece, such as this crystal sparkler, which signals guests to expect major style ahead. And in a pint-size apartment, a chandelier can be just the dash of drama needed to make a makeshift foyer feel like grand entrance.

In the Living Room

Subtle ceiling mounts are perfectly fine for a living space, but there’s no denying the decorative presence of a chandelier. And it doesn’t have to be all glitz and glamour; we love the moody elegance this metal piece projects, with its silhouette of leaves against the dusky gray walls.

In the Kitchen

Offset the sleek lines and utilitarian finishes of a kitchen with a playful, sculptural chandelier. This gilded bamboo-style fixture anchors the island as the center of the room, while its open design ensures a clear view of the stunning range hood. If you have the space, hang a pair of matching chandeliers for double the impact.

In the Dining Room

If there’s one room where a chandelier is most expected, it’s the dining room—so we say try something a little offbeat. A crystal-encrusted ship, a multiarm modernist fixture, a cluster of glass “bubbles”: These playful designs are true conversation pieces—and will lend an air of wit and whimsy to every meal.

In the Bedroom

Nothing says “master suite” like a truly fabulous light fixture. High ceilings can handle oversize, tiered designs, such as this gracefully curved example; besides adding panache, it’ll help to make the room feel more intimate. One must-have with any style? A dimmer switch: Harsh overhead light has no place in your sleep space.

In the Guest Room

Even the most petite guest suite can accommodate a chandelier—and it’s the perfect way to make the room feel a little more thoughtful. This fixture makes a tucked-under-the-eaves bed that much cozier, while its intricate design adds interest to the small space.

In the Bathroom

A showstopping chandelier is a sure way to up the luxe factor of your bath. Finished in gleaming brass and dripping with glass rods, this multilayered piece would elevate even the most uninspiring of bath fixtures. And hung over a fabulous freestanding tub? Take us there.

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