Making it Work: Crystal Chandeliers (in Real Rooms)

Making it Work: Crystal Chandeliers (in Real Rooms)

Susie Nadler
Sep 11, 2009

Last year, when we moved into our new house, I found an amazing old waterfall chandelier at a salvage yard and was dying to buy it to hang over our bathtub (drama, drama!). But I found myself hesitating, not because of the price (cheap!) or because of earthquake worries (be damned!) but because crystal chandeliers are so often pictured in ultra-formal rooms that look as if nobody's ever enjoyed them...

I ended up buying the chandelier after all, and it was the perfect choice. In hindsight I think I should never have hesitated at all. The fact is, crystal chandeliers are really quite versatile; they bring a touch of elegance to a casual room, and in a more formal room they fit right in. They're a nice contrast to a sleek, modern aesthetic, and in more eclectic homes, they can look funky and old-fashioned. Furthermore, hanging a crystal chandelier is a bold choice that expresses confidence, so it can really pull a room together.

I found a handful of examples from real homes, a few from Apartment Therapy House Tours and several more from the wonderful Sneak Peaks on Design*Sponge. These rooms all differ quite a bit from one another, of course, in terms of overall design, but the crystal chandelier works beautifully in every one.

The first three photos come from these excellent glimpses of our readers' homes:
Kristie's Thirties-Style Vintage Home
Richard Takes Downtown
May's Hip and Little Room

The last photo, from Casa Sugar, is a DIY crystal chandelier made from a simple, cheap Ikea light fixture. What a great way to get a little bit of glamour on a budget!

Tell us, what do you think of crystal chandeliers? Do you have one at home? Does it have a story?

(Images: Apartment Therapy House Tours (photos 1, 2, and 3); Design*Sponge/Xenia Taler; Design*Sponge/Kimberly Austin; Design*Sponge/Shop Horne; Design*Sponge/Cassandra Ellis; Casa Sugar)

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