Steadily gaining in popularity over recent years is the linear chandelier, which usually includes several lights on a rectangular or oval frame designed to overhang a kitchen island or dining table. Linear chandeliers, sometimes called island chandeliers, work wonderfully in open-concept living spaces because of the ample light they provide and their ability to sweep a large area with an interesting sculptural style. Choose one that suits your decor — you’ll find models in everything from French country to sleek and minimalist mid-century. Also consider a custom-designed island with shades that match or contrast your upholstery.
Nothing brings a room together more than a beautiful circle, and a sphere chandelier filled with warm, glowing light can’t be ignored. Globe chandeliers sway from the ceiling, providing an orb of light against a papered wall, near a fireplace or above a flower arrangement. The globe itself might be made from glass, acrylic, fabric, paper or even metal mesh. Try a blue-tinted recycled glass globe in a master bath or patio, a clear glass globe in an office or hallway, a trio of warm yellow globes in the kitchen, or a large paper globe in a baby’s nursery for a touch of magic and whimsy.
Usually shaded with paper, cloth, or plastic instead of glass, drum chandeliers fully encase their light inside a disc that resembles a hand drum. These circular-shaped chandeliers are often seen in wide-open spaces like shopping malls or restaurants, but also look great in a larger kitchen, living space or another area that needs a striking fixture and optimal light. Three small drums in a row over a billiards table or basement bar is a chic upgrade, especially when the light is dimmed or tinted.