12 Modern Chandeliers to Class Up Your Space

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More dramatic than a simple pendant light, a chandelier can turn a beautiful space into an awe-inspiring interior. Drawing influence from Scandinavian and German Bauhaus design, modern chandeliers emphasize simple form and function, focusing on strong, clean lines and balance. Complementary to almost every design aesthetic, these 12 modern chandeliers will do more than just light up a room.

1. Shades of Light Be Squared Modern Chandelier, $319

Add a little dimension to your minimalist design with this asymmetrical number from Shades of Light. The stately bronze finish and brass accents make this eight-light chandelier a handsome addition to any modern interior.

2. West Elm Staggered Glass 8-Light Chandelier, $399

Dramatic colors, rich materials, and sophisticated craftsmanship are a standard part of this elegant eight-light chandelier. The staggered, ombre mirror-finish glass shades become warm luminous orbs that demand to be the center of attention.

3. Arteriors Dax Pendant, $1,200

Cubism has never looked so good! This dynamic gem beautifully captures the popular artistic movement with perforated cube shades, which are left open to expose the vintage style reproduction bulbs. The contrast of the bronze and antique finishes creates a warm ambient glow that will make your dinner parties lovelier than ever.

4. Menu A/S Leonard Chandelier, starting at $549

Excessive ornamentation and dramatic embellishment are not synonymous with glamour, and this elegant chandelier by Menu proves it. Designed by Soren Rose, this brass fixture's beauty lies within the simplicity of its design and the quality of its craftsmanship. The downward direction of the five arms make this retro-chic chandelier the perfect lustrous piece to brighten up any room.

5. Pablo Designs Swell 6 Chandelier, $1,814

A genuine statement piece, this spun aluminum chandelier is a study in grace and sophistication. The three shade designs can be mixed and matched to your heart's content, and hung at different heights, to create a fixture that is flexible to your needs and truly unique to you. The undulating lines pair beautifully with the radiant brass interior finish, resulting in a striking piece of luminous art that can't be ignored.

6. LBL Lighting Essence Trio LED Linear Chandelier, $793.60

This sleek LBL chandelier is modern minimalism at its finest. Reminiscent of a nursery mobile, the three beautifully arranged linear lights are staggered at varying heights. The chic design plays with the idea of balance like a puppet master pulling strings, to evoke a subtle sense of drama and excitement, and we just can't get enough.

7. Rove Concepts Mouille 3 Pendant, $575

A stunning reproduction, the Mouille Pendant is an impressive addition to any room. Inspired by midcentury modern design, this fixture's black carbon steel frame was created with the human skeleton in mind — focusing on the body's joints, specifically. The sprawling arms really extend the light outwards, covering more space, making this an ideal fixture over a dining table or centered in a living room.

8. All Modern Cubo 6-Light Candle-Style Chandelier, $439.99

Luxe design doesn't have to be delicate in order to be charming, as exhibited by this playful fixture. Minimal, yet full of character, the Cubo Six-light Chandelier is a fun option perfect for a kitchen island or a long dining table.

9. TL Studio Gambit 19-Light Chandelier, $2,195

TL Studio's 19-light chandelier can best be described as a head-turner. The combination of vintage tubular lamps housed in glass shades, with aged-brass accents, and cuttable black cloth cord is simply magical, and brings an atmosphere of grandeur to any room it graces.

10. Shades of Light Ripple Mesh Lantern, $698

Visually arresting is one way to describe this one-of-a-kind chandelier. The dark-bronze, geometric mesh shade juxtaposed over an old-fashioned candelabra strikes a beautiful balance between modern and vintage design.

11. Project 62 Dean Ceiling Light, $129.99

A functional fixture, with a chic design, at an incredible price — what more could you ask for? And we haven't even mentioned the best part! This simply stated chandelier features six LED lights with metal shades, and it's dimmable, so you can adjust the light level to create the perfect ambiance for every occasion. Also, if you are looking for something a little edgier, this fixture is available in a stunning black and brass finish combination.

12. Adrianne 5-Light Sputnik Chandelier, $319.99

Inspired by midcentury design, this fixture's five adjustable gunmetal rods with polished brass caps, conjure images of the iconic sputnik chandelier. The alluring oversized-globe light bulbs dance in symmetry, beautifully balancing each other out.


After interning at Dwell magazine in San Francisco, Kate began writing about arts, design and culture for other national publications. She is based in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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