Chandeliers were kind of a
big deal back in the day - having one was the ultimate status symbol. Eventually, this form of overhead lighting came to be seen as a bit stodgy, unless it was in a historical mansion. Recently, however, cool new takes on the chandelier have been coming out in droves. It's a relatively inexpensive way to update nearly any room in the house, and the latest versions are cool and fresh.

Image: Natasha Barrault Design

Here are two examples of neat chandeliers and what to do with them.

Red Chandalier
From: Jill Sorensen

Brightly colored

One version of the new and improved chandelier looks as though it was dipped in paint. It retains the same basic shape, but in a bold hue like poppy red or lemon zest. This style also tends to have fewer frills than the original - those hanging crystals are significantly more sparse in the modern overhead. A chromatic version is the perfect way to add a splash of color to a black-and-white room, particularly in a kitchen or above a dining room table. It goes nicely with clean shapes such as roman shades, modern chairs and glass tables.

From: Pottery Barn

Eclectic materials

For the funky tastemaker, a chandelier constructed out of unusual materials is the way to go. This ranges from chandeliers in rainbow glass to models made out of flatware. Many can be DIY projects, as long as the materials can stand up to some lightbulb heat. These styles are a unique way of expressing your interests. For example, a personalized chandelier can feature
hanging globes instead of crystals, or vintage wine bottles as the structure. This version is perfect for a craft room or casual dining area.