Chandeliers and pendants are the jewelry of a home: Without them, you have a totally passable ensemble, but with them, you have pizazz...a chance to further show your aesthetic point of view to the world (or, in this case, visitors). If you're bucking traditional crystal chandeliers in place of more contemporary lighting, scroll through for 15 of our favorite modern ceiling fixtures.
Part alien space ship, part lamp, this transforming piece from IKEA is a certified showstopper. Check it out in action here.
The industrial lighting trend doesn't seem to be going anywhere fast. A few old timey Edison bulbs, brass joints and a matte black finish go a long way to add some serious style above a dining table or entryway.
The past few years has seen a huge resurgence in sputnik chandeliers, but they've taken on a completely new, modern aesthetic, like this one from Mercer41 you can pick up for less than $150.
There's nothing "square" about this cube-shaped chandelier. It would be beautiful in a foyer to set the tone for the rest of your home.
We get it: brass isn't for everyone. If silver and chrome finishes are more your speed, try it on for size with this explosive fixture.
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It's like we're back in high school chem class, except this time, it's far, far more interesting. The peacock blue shades are not something you see often, either, so if you're after the mid-century look but want something a smidge different, this atomic chandelier might be for you.
Where nature meets contemporary design: The branching arms of this fixture elicit an organic sensibility, but the bar lighting and brushed brass keep things modern.
West Elm kills it with its lighting season after season. Its new Sphere + Stem chandelier reminds me of the "boob" lights my parent's used to have in my childhood kitchen, but in a way that's far more chic.
Something about this chandelier reminds me of a defeated 6-legged spider, curled up in submission...and I'm (strangely) pretty okay with that.
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- 15 Modern Chandeliers We Love - Mother
Now, for something totally different. The Tam Tam comes in this four-light size, a larger 5-light version and a one-light sconce, and can be customized in seven color combinations.
Another fabulous sputnik chandelier, another fabulous day. Jonathan Adler knows how to do modern Hollywood Regency, and the mix of black, white and antiqued brass here makes for a truly timeless piece.
Please, someone put this over their dining room table and email me a photo. I'd greatly appreciate it. The tube lights beautifully extend the delicate lines of the fixture's frame, creating what I can only refer to as a glorious adult version of Pick-Up Sticks.
Blown glass, antiqued brass and frosted bulbs come together to form a modern wagon wheel-inspired beauty from luxury home brand Arteriors.
Linear chandeliers easily find their home over a long rectangular dining table or kitchen island, and if you swoon over the mix of warm industrial and cool contemporary, look no further than this RH Modern light.