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 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?