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Does a chandelier work in a modern home?

By Ela Das

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When we think about chandeliers or jhumar, images of old castles, mansions and manors, and grand palaces immediately come to mind. But, it’s not common to think of associating these pieces in a modern Indian apartment. With the thought of a conventional chandelier being a large opulent light fixture with intricate shards of crystal, it may feel too grand and dominating a décor piece for a modestly sized home.

However, today, there are a range of modern chandeliers and jhumar available in multiple materials, sizes and price points that can work in practically every room in the house. We’ve broken down a list of tips, tricks and questions to tackle before choosing the right chandelier design for your home.
 

1. A CHANDELIER CAN EVEN WORK IN THE BEDROOM

Think a chandelier is only meant as an opulent statement lighting fixture in the living and dining rooms? That couldn’t be further from the truth. These stylish lights can work in almost every space in a home design from the entrance to the kitchen and even in the bedroom. When choosing a chandelier for the bedroom, however, take a look at your personal style first to decide the kind of fixture you’d like in the room. Since your bedroom is the one room in the house that completely echoes your own style choices, it should also dictate the design of the chandelier or jhumar light you pick for the room. If you’re a maximalist, an ornate yet modestly sized chandelier can add a dose of drama to the room; while a clean-lined simple chandelier will add visual balance in a minimalist space.

Modern chandelier in bedroom with wooden furniture & rustic rug - Beautiful Homes

Image courtesy, Asian Paints

Muted living room having modern chandelier with glass ball lights - Beautiful Homes

Image courtesy, Collov Home Design/ Unsplash

2. A MODERN CHANDELIER THAT’S A STATEMENT PIECE IN THE LIVING ROOM

The right chandelier design can also serve as a focal point or statement piece in the living room. If you’re one to collect art and prominent pieces of design, a unique chandelier can double as an art installation on your ceiling. But it’s not just maximalist and opulent light fixtures that make for stylish chandeliers. In this muted yet colourful living room, we see a cluster of clear glass ball lights forming a modern chandelier. While it is definitely eye-catching, it’s neat design doesn’t take away any attention from the art on the walls or the rest of the space’s style.

3. WHAT IS THE RIGHT HEIGHT TO HANG A CHANDELIER?

When hanging lights in any room, how does one figure out the right height for placing it? How high is too high? What exactly is bad lighting, and at what height does that happen? For hanging any light fixture above a table or seating area, your starting point should always be finding the exact centre of the space on the ceiling. Fixing your light here will help tie the room together and give it more spatial and focal logic. For its height, never have a light hung at a point that’s too jarring to the eye. Above a dining table, for example, the light shouldn’t be at eye level when standing or sitting. If it’s fixed that low, you even pose the danger of bumping into the fixture every time you get up! If the light or chandelier is fixed too high up, you may be stuck with bad overhead lighting or 

Traditional jhumar in this blue shaded dining room with wooden dining furniture - Beautiful Homes

Image courtesy, Asian Paints

even very dim illumination depending on the lights you choose. As a rule of thumb, start with three feet above a table’s surface and adjust the height further depending on the room’s layout and your personal preferences.
 

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Simple exposed bulbs form a chandelier in the living room design - Beautiful Homes

Image courtesy, Asian Paints

4. A SIMPLE BUT UNIQUE CHANDELIER FOR THE LIVING ROOM

These days, every chandelier design does not include oversized ornate and intricate styles that you might think of associating with century-old castles and mansions. There are more pared down versions that work beautifully (and sensibly) in modern living rooms. In this living room, for example, a simple wheel of exposed bulbs forms an elegant and modern chandelier that looks neat and stylish in the living room. If you look closer, the subtly varying lengths of each spoke form a unique design; while the dull gold finish of the entire piece brings in an element of glamour in the space.

5. HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT CHANDELIER FOR YOUR LIVING ROOM

When it comes to lighting a room, there are several options available in the market. But, if you’ve decided to fix a chandelier or jhumar in your home, how do you find the best one for a room. When looking for a chandelier online, you’ll discover them in several sizes, colours, metals and materials, and a range of intricacies and handicrafts. The first thing to consider is the size of the room. If you have a large and spacious living room, a generously sized chandelier would echo its abundance of space. However, if your room isn’t as spacious, look for a chandelier that’s compact with cleaner straighter lines. This will make the area look less cluttered and more open.

INSIDER’S TIP: Looking for an expert’s opinion for the right chandelier for your home? Visit an AP Homes store to discover 

Simple & elegant jhumar design for a small living room - Beautiful Homes

Image courtesy, Asian Paints

everything you need for your home under one roof. With a curation of products and solutions from a family of brands, AP Homes is your one-stop shop to create a home or space that tells your unique story. With inspirational lighting concepts by TISVA (a concept brand by USHA International Limited), an AP Homes store will give you a range of choices for decorative, architectural or functional lightning solutions.

Ornate gold chandelier or jhumar paired with pink living room design - Beautiful Homes

Image courtesy, Asian Paints

6. RECREATE THE CHARM OF A FAIRYTALE WITH A CHANDELIER

If you love a dreamy romantic aesthetic in any room, while the colour of your paint and the décor pieces you choose can immediately create this look, the right chandelier can also do the trick. While ice-cream pink walls and a tufted creamy sofa set bring in a fairytale mood in this living room design, it is the ornate gold chandelier hanging above that quietly dictates this style. You could even use a jhumar (a collection of lights that is pieced together to create a larger lighting unit) to recreate this look.

7. AN ELEGANT AND MODERN CHANDELIER FOR A CHIC LIVING ROOM

When we think of chandeliers, we immediately think of older, rustic homes. But the right chandelier can be the perfect accent piece for even the most modern living rooms. If you’re still not sold on the idea, take a look at this chic and stylish living room where the jhumar not only extends its aesthetic, but enhances it. With a simple circle of fluted lights, we have a modern chandelier design that can work in any room in the home—from the living room to the bedroom, and even a large kitchen.

Circular fluted modern chandelier lights for any room design - Beautiful Homes

Image courtesy, Breadmaker/ shutterstock

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