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Modern / Contemporary Chandeliers

Design Tips:

  • For an unusual custom lighting feature, hang three small chandeliers together in a corner or over a dining table. Hang them at staggered heights or in a row for a unique ceiling light.
  • Coordinate the metal of the chandelier with other metal accents in the room. These include hardware and pulls on cabinets and furniture. Coordinate with decorative table accessories for a polished look.
  • Contemporary chandeliers can be complicated and elaborate. Let them be the focal point of the room or entry by keeping other lighting and décor minimal.
Modern chandeliers date back to the mid twentieth century. Strongly influenced by Art Deco, modern design celebrates the marriage of form and function. Clean lines, simple details and a focus on the materials and form are hallmarks of modern design. Contemporary chandeliers continue this tradition, but are often more playful and experimental with shape and materials. Both modern and contemporary chandeliers have a sculptural look that make them the star of any room they occupy.


Styles of modern and contemporary chandeliers range from the most simple globe to elaborate, intricate and organic forms. Glass and metal are typical materials, but other materials like rattan, plastic, and acrylic are used in modern and contemporary designs. Lamping can be part of the design with specific round or shaped lamps adding to the overall design of the chandelier. Contemporary chandeliers include more traditional crystal chandeliers inside fabric drum shades. Vintage modern chandeliers recall the pinnacle of modern design from the mid-twentieth century. Industrial designs have both a vintage and contemporary appeal for lofts and mid-century homes. Contemporary and modern lighting styles can be added to traditional or transitional rooms for a more eclectic style.


Modern and contemporary chandeliers are popular choices for hotels, restaurants, lofts, condos and homes. These chandeliers can range in style from industrial to vintage. High tech lamps, including halogen and LED, make contemporary chandeliers great lighting solutions for eco-friendly and green homes, offices and restaurants.


Shop Arcadian Home's wide selection of modern and contemporary chandeliers, featuring top lighting designers and manufacturers: Cyan Design, Elk Lighting, ET2 Lighting, Fredrick Ramond, Kichler Lighting, Maxim Lighting, PLC Lighting, Trans Globe Lighting and many more. Browse our ceiling lights section for more lighting choices and ideas for overhead lighting.

Modern style is all about leaving out ornate details and extras. Clean lines and interesting materials are the hallmarks of contemporary design. Combine modern's clean lines with contemporary's cool materials for a chic and stylish chandelier. Contemporary chandeliers like this one are like sculptures for the ceiling. Organic and industrial forms both work for contemporary chandeliers.
Add a contemporary chandelier above a modern dining table like the Molecular Modern/Contemporary Chandelier pictured at left for a cool dining room. Chrome, steel and glass chandeliers are perfect for modern and contemporary interiors. Glass globes and drum shades create the simplest modern chandeliers. Creative lighting in interesting forms is what contemporary chandeliers are all about.
Modern and contemporary chandeliers can be simple or complex depending on the style. Sleek and chic is what it is all about when it comes to modern and contemporary lighting. Lamping for modern and contemporary chandeliers can be eco-friendly LED or compact fluorescent and still fit with the sleek designs.

Q & A of the Day

  • Hello. Where is this lighting fixture manufactured? Thank you.
    Raymond Dec 18, 2012
    Item GLV-9-90392 has a base that was manufactured in India and the glass is made in China.
    Cynthia - Arcadian Lighting Dec 18, 2012

New Customer Review


This is the most amazing light fixture I have seen in a long time, and the price was definitely right. A little apprehensive because it was non-returnable, but what a buy. My son says it's "wicked!"
, Aug 28, 2013

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