Choosing the main light fitting can be one of the trickiest design decisions in any room redesign. The options are so vast, where do you start? And a limited budget adds to the challenge. In the second of my mini blog series about statement lighting on a budget, I’m sharing with you the very best of affordable chandeliers and other high impact ceiling lighting. At under £300 all of these deliver serious bang for your buck.
This design dilemma is very real for me having just faced it in the revamp of our bedroom. I’d gone with a pared back scandi aesthetic; all soft greys, layered textures and natural woods (like my hanging branch light). But there were hints of glamour too, from the original features, the intricate carving of my vintage bed, and the shabby chic of the Victorian chaise longue. With these contrasting vibes going on there were a number of ways I could go with the main pendant light in this room. Not helpful for an indecisive designer! But since I considered such a wide range of different options, and I’m sharing here my favourites among them, hopefully there will be one that’s just right for you too.
While the options I considered were diverse, they had one important factor in common: size. As I explained in the first post in this mini series, if you’re aiming for a statement light, petite and dainty will not deliver. All of the fittings featured here are amply proportioned and wouldn’t look out of scale in a larger than average room. In a smaller room they would add an on trend over-sized wow factor.
Here’s are the runners and riders.
Searchlight Willow, Castlegate Lights £249.60
The Willow caught my eye long before I was ready to buy and I kept coming back to it. In truth, I think I would have bought it except that when it came to the crunch it was out of stock everywhere. In mimicking the natural appeal of twisting branches it avoids the formality of a traditional chandelier but the sparkle adds just the right amount of bling. I still love this.
I wondered though whether a chandelier registering anywhere on the bling-o-meter would jar with the scandi simplicity of the decor. So I turned my attention to options crafted from natural materials.
Aurora Vita Eos, Graham and Green £199.
I’ve coveted the Aurora since it first started stealing the show on every interiors shoot in which it featured. While the original white is stunning in its simplicity, the earthy appeal of the brown was nigh on impossible to resist. Now it comes in this beautiful soft grey too. Not owning one is almost too much to bear.
Sticking with the natural materials theme, the beautiful beaded Mila from M&S is a real head turner.
Adorning the homes of some of the most stylish IG style gurus, this fitting has propelled M&S into the interiors spotlight and is set to become a classic in its own time.
The Mila looks lush in the super stylish home of Tina (@archer.t.j ), whose Instagram account is a must-follow for any interiors addict.
As much as I love the natural beauty of the Aurora and the Mila, I still hankered after a bit of sparkle. My bedroom is the biggest and grandest room in the house. If I’m going all out anywhere, it’s here. But to avoid overwhelming the Scandi elements, the bling needed to be understated.
Crystal globe chandeliers seemed to fit the bill – the glitz of a traditional chandelier but the simplicity of the shape keeping it chic. Ah but crystal globes are either tiny and out of all proportion to a larger room, or waaaay over budget. However, good old M&S have come up trumps again.
Gem Ball, M&S £250
The Gem Ball is the smallest of my picks but with a diameter of 45cm it’s no midget and it’s gorgeousness is off the scale. It would be the perfect finishing touch in all sorts of schemes.
Vintage style gold leaf chandelier, Woodpecker Interiors, £294.50
I was drawn to this gold leaf stunner. With its whimsical woodland charms it evokes a magical fairytale forest and at 98cm across it would make a huge impact in any space.
But as much as I love it, this price point for me is a big investment. I wanted a chandelier that would be flexible enough to weather complete room makeovers in future. It needed to be timeless, simple, and chic. And in truth I have always wanted a Marie Therese crystal chandelier. Finally I have a room that can take one. How could I pass up the chance?
So I hunted high and low for THE perfect crystal chandelier. I found lots of large chandeliers within budget but most were plastic. While an acrylic frame is fine (it keeps the weight down, which helps with hanging) I wasn’t prepared to compromise on anything less than real crystal droplets. Then i found the Erin.
Erin, Out There Interiors, £220
Yeeeees. At 70cm she’s no wallflower and at £220 she comes in under budget too. Readers, Erin is THE ONE.
Here she is hanging beautifully in our bedroom. At last I have my crystal chandelier. And the chaise longue. I just need the glass slipper now and all my princess fantasies have come true. (I already have my Prince Charming of course, and happily, it turns out he’s a bit handy in the chandelier-hanging department.)
Do any of these statement lights grab you, or have you already found your perfect match?