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A chandelier can make your room look a lot more sophisticated than a basic wire-and-bulb light fixture. Its volume fills the room and it can make your room much brighter from the different light sources it has. There are lots of different chandelier styles to choose from, and your choice will be dictated by taste, theme, and budget.

Crystal chandeliers are a good choice, because they are beautiful and grandiose. They are available in two or three layers called tiers. The glass in a crystal chandelier makes jingly sounds when the pieces touch, and it can be almost a wind chime, albeit a very heavy one. Light reflects off the bits of crystal to make lovely rainbows and reflections. Crystal chandeliers are often used in entryways, where the constant opening and closing of large doors creates gusts of wind that jingle the crystal fixture. They can also be used in dining areas where the glass on the table reflects the chandelier for beautiful lighting effects.

Traditional chandeliers are made from wrought iron and can be quite heavy, so you need to make sure your ceiling is stable enough to handle them. They don’t have the sparkles and reflections of glass fixtures, but they are beautiful in their own way. Wrought iron chandeliers are stately, and can be quite nostalgic. They work well in rooms with a heavy wood theme. They are durable, easy to clean, and nowhere nearly as fragile as their crystal counterparts.

Contemporary chandeliers are unusual. They back away from more traditional materials, and are more about style than practicality. These fixtures are made of chrome, frosted glass, and brushed nickel. They are not subtle like previous chandeliers. They purpose is to be noticed and to stand out.

Rustic or Lodge chandeliers are at the other end of the spectrum. Instead of being modern and trendy, they are grounded in nature. As their name suggests, these chandeliers are common in old lodges, wood cabins, and country homes. They are usually made from metal, wood, or even animal horn and antlers. They are mildly anti-modern, and make as much of a statement as contemporary fixtures.

Mini chandeliers are the smallest form of chandelier styles, and are good for studio apartments. They are usually 9 to 12 inches in size, and are perfect for jazzing up small spaces.

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