modern chandeliers and pendants

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Let's agree to agree: chandeliers aren't just for parents' homes, grandparents' homes and the Palace of Versailles anymore.

For a modern take, look no further than the space-race-inspired Sputnik light at the top of this post. Or with their liberal, updated approach to form, brushed nickel chandeliers like the one below have the look of instant classics.

Brushed Nickel Chandelier

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And for those who aren't ready to let crystal go just yet, look for faceted droplets and bubbles in contemporary designs. Mini crystal chandeliers are perfect for small spaces and bathrooms while full-size designs become exclamation points in your home.

Contemporary Crystal Chandelier

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crystal bubble chandelier

Glass Spheres Halogen Ceiling Light

Modern Nickel Chandelier

Robert Abbey Lucy Antique Nickel Pendant Chandelier

brass sputnik chandelier

Jonathan Adler Brass Sputnik Chandelier 

Excessive ornament may be on the out of style in contemporary design, but the fundamentals are still there: namely an attention to intrigue, balance of form, and quality of materials. Combine those influences and you've got yourself a classic chandelier, modernized and magnificent.

Images: Design Milk, Better Homes & Gardens, Gravity Gravity