The word ‘chandelier’ tends to conjure an image of a huge crystal centrepiece, hanging dramatically in a vast space. However, a lot of new designs have appeared of late that make them appropriate for smaller spaces, lower ceilings and modern life. While a traditional crystal chandelier might be difficult to picture in most homes, there is still a place for dramatic, decorative lighting thanks to this new wave of chandeliers boasting sleeker designs in materials like jute, rope, wood and brass.
What’s the difference between a pendant light and a chandelier?
The difference between a pendant light – or regular ceiling light – and a chandelier, is that the latter has multiple tiers or arms with which to hold multiple lights. Often, if you’re purchasing a pendant, you would buy two or three to delineate a space. For example, hanging multiple pendants over a kitchen island can make a really pretty feature. However, chandeliers tend to be larger and more attention seeking, so one will likely suffice as a centrepiece in a room.
Looking for more lighting inspiration? Have a look at our shopping gallery of lovely ceiling lights here. If you’re looking for wall lights, you’ll find our guide packed full of the prettiest examples. We also have guides to pretty lampshades to top off table lamps and the best task lighting to buy now. Alternatively, have a look at Eleanor Cording-Booth’s guide to buying lighting on Etsy.
The best modern chandeliers to buy now