Guest Post courtesy of Kerrie Kelly, ASID.
Chandeliers were once relegated to formal dining rooms, grand foyers, and stairwells. While those are still great spaces to bring in style and sparkle, today’s chandeliers are seriously branching out. In fact, a chandelier can work in any room of your home, taking your design scheme to the next level. Your guests will feel like they’re stepping into a special space, and so will you every time you walk through the door.
We’ve got five great ideas for adding a chandelier to an unexpected place. There are countless sizes, shapes, and colors to choose from, so hopefully this will be the inspiration you need to let your imagination run wild. Just remember that you always want your chandelier on a dimmer switch to make the most of the mood.
1. Keep it simple in the living areas
Living rooms and family rooms are spaces where you want to keep the style soothing and inviting – subtle with a touch of sophistication. What could possibly add more ambiance than a chandelier? Keep it simple, whether you’re working with classic metals or more organic wood tones. You don’t want the fixture to overwhelm the space, but rather to complement it.
2. Bring some opulence to the office
The number one thing interior designers hear from clients when designing office spaces is that they just can’t stay creative and motivated in a bland and beige office environment. A bit of out-of-the-box design lets your clients know that they can expect something more, and keeps the team from feeling like they’re just clocking in. Have fun with a colorful, contemporary design.
3. Bathe your bedroom in luxury and light
Bedroom design should be all about pampering yourself in a way that lets you unwind and rejuvenate at the same time. Indulge yourself with a gorgeous yet tailored chandelier that speaks to both masculine and feminine tastes while creating function and making a statement, all at once.
4. Get creative in the closet
A great closet needs hard-working lighting, and there’s no reason it shouldn’t be beautiful, too. If you’re lucky enough to have a walk-in closet, give it a dose of glamour with a shimmering chandelier. You’ll want to keep the fixture on the smaller side, but there’s no reason you can’t pick something that really pops. Getting ready for work never felt so good!
5. Create an island oasis in the kitchen
The dining room is where we expect to see a chandelier, but these days the kitchen has become a big part of entertaining at home; it’s a beloved hub for family and friends. Since guests are already gathering as you prep for a memorable evening at home, add to the memories with a kitchen they won’t forget. We love the look that a chandelier brings over a kitchen island. Don’t be afraid to hang them in multiples for extra impact.
What unexpected places have you hung a chandelier?
About the Author
Kerrie Kelly is an award-winning interior designer and lighting décor expert who writes for Home Depot. Kerrie offers guidance to homeowners on integrating lighting, including chandeliers, with the other features of a room. To view Home Depot’s selection of chandeliers, you can click here.