How to Choose the Best Chandelier for Your Bedroom

The days when you could expect to find ornate chandeliers in grand entryways and ornate dining rooms are over, and we’re not sad about it. We’re not saying they don’t have their place in these grand spaces, but as the style of chandeliers has changed, the places they can go in your home has also changed.

These days, you will see these elegant light fixtures in many places throughout the home, including hallways, bathrooms, and living rooms. That brings us to the bedroom — what better place for elegant lighting that makes a statement?

Here are some of our favorite bedroom chandelier ideas along with tips on how to find the perfect chandelier for your bedroom. You’ll love how a chandelier can dramatically change the look and feel of your bedroom.

Does a Bedroom Chandelier Provide Functional Lighting?

Hanging a chandelier in the bedroom adds an ambiance and elegance previously reserved for formal spaces. If you’re considering making this change, you may wonder if a chandelier will give you enough light in your bedroom.

A chandelier emits ambient light. This indirect light is evenly spread out to illuminate the entire room. It lets you see throughout the space while adding a soft, gentle glow. A chandelier offers additional lighting, especially in spaces with little or no natural light.

Making a Statement with a Bedroom Chandelier

Bedroom chandelier ideas should draw on your bedroom style and design. A chandelier can add a design element to the ceiling that will draw the eye in and up, bringing it into the room. The size and design of your bedroom chandelier can make it the main focal point of your space and a starting point for your design. Or, it can be the element that elevates the final look of your bedroom.

Tips for Choosing the Perfect Chandelier for Bedrooms

The perfect chandelier for your bedroom should complement your style and reflect your personality. The classic style with many tiers and arms can suit many different design styles. It depends on the finishes and detailing.

Gorgeous Chrysalita 25 Inch 6 Light Chandelier by Schonbek from Capitol Lighting

Chrysalita 25 Inch 6 Light Chandelier by Schonbek

A beautiful crystal chandelier such as the Chrysalita 25 Inch 6 Light Chandelier by Schonbek is right at home in an old-world style bedroom. It also creates a romantic feel when paired with an elegant chaise and pretty pastel wallpaper.

Chandeliers with Bold Metal Finishes

These days, chandeliers come in various metal finishes. When choosing a chandelier with a bold metal finish for your bedroom, match the finish to other hardware in the space.

Broche 29 Inch 8 Light Chandelier by Crystorama hanging above the master bed

Broche 29 Inch 8 Light Chandelier by Crystorama

The Broche 29 Inch 8 Light Chandelier by Crystorama with its antique gold finish and white linen barrel shade works well in this space. Bedside lamps with metallic bases and barrel shades match the chandelier’s style, and the antique gold finish on the curtain rods completes the look.

Pretty, Functional Lighting

In addition to the style of your bedroom chandelier, consider how it will be used. If the chandelier is the primary light source in the room, choosing one with big, unshaded bulbs will ensure you have enough light.

A Poppy 45 Inch 8 Light Chandelier by Hinkley Lighting in the center of a bedroom

Poppy 45 Inch 8 Light Chandelier by Hinkley Lighting

For example, the Poppy 45 Inch 8 Light Chandelier by Hinkley Lighting features numerous arms and unshaded bulbs that throw bright, clear light throughout the room. The elegant, clear seedy glass globes and crisp crossbars create a simple, yet sophisticated silhouette.

On the other hand, a large shade on the chandelier or mini shades on every bulb will diffuse the light and create mood lighting. Candle-style bulbs emit less light than larger bulbs. The type of light you want in your space will guide the type of bulbs and shades on your chandelier.

Best Place to Hang a Chandelier in the Bedroom

Where you hang your chandelier depends partly on its function and partly on the decorative effect you are going for. Design and function will determine its placement or vice versa. Here are a few things to consider when hanging your bedroom chandelier.

Placed in the Center of the Room

Hanging your chandelier in the middle of your bedroom not only illuminates the entire space but also makes a bold statement. Keep in mind when hanging the chandelier that you will need enough headroom for people to walk underneath it without worrying about hitting their heads.

Approximately seven feet above the floor is the general rule, but you can adjust it depending on the height of your bedroom ceiling and the size of your chandelier.

A bedroom lit by a Lily 26 Inch Large Pendant by Corbett Lighting from Capitol Lighting

Lily 26 Inch Large Pendant by Corbett Lighting

When you are making a statement by hanging a chandelier in the center of your bedroom, it’s time to go bold. The Lily 26 Inch Large Pendant by Corbett Lighting allows you to do just that. The elegant silver leaf finish and porcelain crystal flowers make this stunning chandelier a focal point in your bedroom. It is highlighted by romantic wallpaper and the simple lines of the upholstered bed.

Directly over the Bed

The bed is the natural focal point of a bedroom, and you can highlight this by hanging your chandelier directly above it, or even a little toward the head. Since you will not be walking under it, you can hang it a little lower, if you wish, as long as you have enough room to sit up or get in and out bed without hitting your head. Also, hang it high enough so that it doesn’t block your view when watching TV in bed.

A bedroom lit by a Ariel 40 Inch 6 Light Chandelier by Mitzi from Capitol Lighting

Ariel 40 Inch 6 Light Chandelier by Mitzi

In this room, the bronze finish Ariel 40 Inch 6 Light Chandelier by Mitzi matches the bronze finish of the framed print over the bed. The understated décor lets the chandelier take center stage while highlighting the simple lines of the bed frame and bedside tables.

These are just a few of the ways you can add a chandelier to your bedroom décor. Visit one of our Capitol Lighting showrooms today to find the perfect chandelier for your space. Or, schedule a virtual consultation with a lighting professional to see all your options.


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