The Ultimate Nightlight

The Ultimate Nightlight

Fun, flattering and more than a little flirtatious, the chandelier is the seductress of the light world. So where better to hang one than in a bedroom?

“Recessed lighting is beneficial in lots of rooms, but I think a fixture gives better lighting and much more intimate light,” says Suzy Treby of Treby Spanedda Interiors at Midland Park, New Jersey. Chandeliers are particularly powerful in areas with high ceilings, because they tend to direct the eye down from the ceiling and make the room feel much more intimate.

While we tend to consider chandeliers in conventional spaces, they are equally at home in different types of interiors. A bowl-style fixture is a great fit for a transitional room, while more contemporary insides would benefit from some of the wilder or more playful designs out there. With a lot of chandelier styles to choose from, is there some place Treby would not put you?

“Maybe not at all a boy’s room,” she says, laughing.

Michael J. Lee Photography

Aside from falling light, chandeliers create an artistic statement (such as a hanging sculpture) and give a focal point. Just be sure to hang on the fixture at 84 inches above the ground, to prevent any accidental collisions.

Historical Concepts

Chandeliers are particularly effective in rooms with high ceilings, because they tend to draw the eye down from the ceiling, making the ceiling feel much less lofty and also the room more intimate.

Hyde Evans Design

This globe-shaped chandelier has a traditional sense but with of the dangly bits, making it well suited to the traditional ceiling height in this bedroom.

Michael Abrams Limited

Chandeliers are not only for conventional rooms. A contemporary chandelier illuminates this bedroom at a Chicago high-rise, supplying ample ambient light without detracting from the perspective.

Britto Charette – Interior Designers Miami , FL

A black chandelier provides a fresh twist on a classic form — perfect with this contemporary Miami high-rise. Mounting the fixture to ceiling blocks helps anchor the chandelier at the space and gives it a much more contemporary appearance.

D.A.S. Custom Builders

Poised from a white ceiling, this glass chandelier appears to be almost subliminal, but it’s a nice job bridging the gap between the ceiling, both the headboard as well as the curtains.

Rugo/ Raff Ltd.. Architects

A chandelier is probably the last thing you’d expect to see within this masculine Chicago bedroom. But this cut-glass amount takes some of the edge off the room, softening the atmosphere and making the space feel much more inviting.

Sealy Design Inc..

A shaded chandelier matches the tailored personality of this Toronto bedroom.

kimberly peck architect

In this New York City loft, a playful chandelier adds a bit of electric fireworks overhead.

Bruce Kading Interior Design

To get a boudoir dripping with glamour, nothing is too over the top — such as this beautiful beaded chandelier.

Anne Harris Studio

The sparkle of this chandelier matches the sparkle of the water outside the window of this magnificent New York bedroom.

Treby Spanedda Interiors

Treby Spanedda Interiors utilized a classic Baccarat crystal chandelier at a Customer’s Central Park West bedroom in Manhattan. The fixture’s delicate, twinkly demeanor is a great match for your area’s traditional decoration and higher ceiling.

Chandeliers can take several forms. This gnarled nest of painted branches and scattering echoes the trees at the background behind the bed, bringing the woods motif to three-dimensional life.

Want a chandelier for your bedroom? Listed below are a few choices.


Regina Andrew Scalloped Wood Bead Chandelier – $1,247.50

I love the way that this chandelier has wood beads rather than crystals, giving the whole piece a much more relaxed and endearing feel. This could be a fantastic choice for a state home, beach home or child’s room. The distressed metallic finish adds an heirloom signature, and while I usually find bare bulbs too harsh, here their unpretentiousness feels just right.

Seldens Furniture

Fine Art Lamps Quadralli Chandelier, 331240 – $2,625

This chandelier would look fantastic at a Craftsman-style bedroom — particularly one with a beamed or coffered ceiling. The plan pays homage to the Arts and Crafts era, although the light is filtered through layers of crepe and organza, making a soft, flattering light that’s perfect for a bedroom.

Pottery Barn

Mia Faceted-Crystal Pendant, Small (13.5″ Diameter) – $299

This chandelier doesn’t lack sparkle. But all those glittery strands form the outline of a necklace, making this fixture feel much more controlled and somehow better to be used in a bedroom.

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