You don’t need an outer space theme to hang a starburst chandelier — the retro style enhances quirky or vintage spaces and is especially suited to mid-century modernism. The starburst style or sputnik chandelier
is usually a striking sculptural hybrid of globes and shooting spikes of varying sizes with the light source tucked into the center and distributed out and around the end points. The star-like quality of these chandeliers make them perfect for offices, lounge spaces and entry points of your home. They’re great conversation pieces, so hang one near the front door for your guests to admire as they arrive for a night of card-playing and conversation.
An enduring and classic style is the lantern chandelier
. Some frames hold many lanterns, others only one, but all of them speak to times past when streets and shops were lit with oil or gas instead of electricity. Look for lanterns that compliment your decor theme — you’ll find endless options made from materials of all kinds. An iconic brass lantern chandelier in a front room lends elegance as you enter and exit your home, while a painted metal or distressed wood lantern chandelier can add upbeat charm to a covered porch or office space, providing plenty of light for summer parties or late-night work sessions.
Flip a dome-shaped shade upside down and you have the bowl chandelier
. This type is sometimes made of several smaller bowls attached to a frame or one very large bowl in a dramatic color from your favorite palette. Available in many styles and with shades made of glass, acrylic, or ceramic, you’ll often see bowl chandeliers hanging over dining tables — their softly diffused light makes every meal feel warm and cozy. Also consider a bowl fixture over a piano, a bistro set or in a large master bedroom.
With so many chandelier types available to you, shopping for your perfect piece is even more fun. Use our wish list to save your favorites! If you need a little more information as you explore the idea of buying a chandelier, our buying guide
will tell you everything you need to know.