Yes, chandeliers are back in fashion. But we aren't talking some bedazzled fitting the size of a small car, that wouldn't look out of place in a French palace. This year is all about the understated natural look – enter the wooden beaded chandelier.
Still carrying that classic chandelier shape, these beaded beauties offer a more relaxed, bohemian take on their crystal counterparts. They might not be sparkly, but a wooden chandelier still makes one hell of a style statement.
Beaded chandeliers can be incorporated in almost any interior style – whether your home has a more rustic, Scandi or elegant look. Wood beaded chandeliers look just as good in a bedroom or nursery as they do dangling in the living room or above the dining table. Plus, they look just as good when they’re off as they do when they’re on, making them the perfect summer lighting showpiece.
Finally, they weigh a fraction of the crystal type, making them a possibility in more homes. And, if you don't have massive double height halls to hang them from, we have found some neater, smaller offerings for all the wow without the space requirements.
Take a look at our top choices below, to shop the look for yourself. Then see more modern decorating ideas in our gallery.
1. Maisons du Monde Beads Pendant Light, £385
Create a countryside retreat with the Beads pendant light, £385 at Maisons du Monde. Made from pine beads, this light has a rustic textural finish while embracing the traditional tiered style of a classic chandelier. If you're looking to add an air of Bohemia to a space, the vertical hand-assembled beads produces subtle movement, creating an ethereal light that dances around a room. Why not fully commit to the unpolished look by adding raw wooden furniture, using plaster-effect paint on the walls and a concrete or stone finish for your flooring. This pendant will create mood lighting that you will never tire of.
2. Graham & Green Bianca Wooden Bead Chandelier, £495
Combining vintage glamour with beach house charm, the Bianca wooden beaded chandelier, £495 at Graham & Green is the perfect statement for your sitting room or hallway. Made from patinated iron that gives an antique finish, this chandelier feels authentic in style and dramatic in size. The vintage looking ceiling rose that is provided, allows the light to be hung in your interior with grace as if it's a long standing fixture of your home. With beads made from maple, this light hangs beautifully in a way that echoes a crystal chandelier.
3. Amazon Lefuyan Farmhouse Wood Beaded Chandelier, £268.99
This carefully crafted Lefuyan farmhouse chandelier, £268.99 on Amazon, is made using varying shades of wooden beads with a framework that is wrapped in natural rope. Together, these rustic accents help to give this light a laid-back charm. This striped-back style would lend itself to a garden summer house, bringing the beach look to your outdoor space. Due to its pared-back design, this pendant would also suit a bedroom setting, alongside textures such a linen curtains, sheepskin rugs and merino wool throws. Styling tip: why not use the bound rope somewhere else in room, helping to tie your scheme together.
4. Dunelm Penelope Ceiling Fitting, £125
With its draped wooden beaded design, the Penelope ceiling fitting, £125 from Dunelm, is a beautifully crafted pendant light that creates a stunning silhouette. This chandelier boasts striking beading in different tones that feels unique, statement-making fixture for any room. The Penelope light would work well in a dining setting, hung above a large rustic dining table, alongside lots of indoor plants and other organic textures. If you're feeling brave, try hanging two lights together – at the same height but with space in between – to create a symmetrical focal point above your dining table.
5. Rockett St George, Star Shaped Beaded Statment Chandelier, £375
Impress your guests with this superb ceiling-fixed light. The Rockett St George Star Shaped chandelier (£375) brings an alluring sense of elegance, whilst providing a sense of playfulness thanks to the surprising celestial silhouette. Made up from a unique two-tiered gold frame, the luxurious pearl-style beading hangs effortlessly for a vintage glamour aesthetic. This chandelier would look stunning in a hallway setting and would soon become a talking point for your guests as they enter the door. Styling tip: use this design in a space with darker tone walls, to allow the brass and pale coloured beading to really sing within the interior setting.
6. Next Home Tahlia 3-Light Chandelier, £160
Real wooden beads have been strung together to create the Tahlia 3-Light chandelier – £160 at Next. Plus, it's worth noting the attention to detail - not only are the beads in a uniform shade of pale wood but the metal fittings and chain fixtures have also been painted in a white hue too. Use this light to illuminate a dark corner or hang it high within a white space to blend with the architecture. The Tahlia benefits from three light bulbs so can be used to maximise on the light within a setting.
7. The French Bedroom Company, Wooden Beads Waterfall Pendant Light, £425
Elegant scallops and swags made up of white wooden beads form this Wooden Beads Waterfall pendant light, £425 at The French Bedroom Company. A pendant that offers the best of both worlds; to ooze elegance hang it in a living room with antique mercury glass mirrors, or for a chilled out Ibizan vibe mix it with rattan furniture and giant palms. The Waterfall pendant has been made by artisans, so each design is slightly different with varying lengths of swooping beads. The glamour of this piece is reminiscent of the interiors from classic Hollywood movies.
8. Bed, Bath & Beyond, Wynne 2-Light Pendant Light, £203.99
The Wynne 2-Light pendant from Bed, Bath & Beyond, has been designed using natural beads and finely crafted rope – a modern spin on the French Empire-style chandelier. With a body that is slightly narrower in comparison with many chandelier style light fittings, this pendant is well suited for small spaces. Styling tip: instead of hanging this pendant in the centre of a room, why not use it as focal lighting in the corner of a space? Play with heights by hanging it lower than would be expected from this type of lighting. The Wynne 2-Light will fill an interior with interest and intrigue for years to come.
Lotte is the Digital Editor for Livingetc, and has been with the website since its launch. She has a background in online journalism and writing for SEO, with previous editor roles at Good Living, Good Housekeeping, Country & Townhouse, and BBC Good Food among others, as well as her own successful interiors blog. When she's not busy writing or tracking analytics, she's doing up houses, two of which have features in interior design magazines. She's just finished doing up her house in Wimbledon, and is eyeing up Bath for her next project.
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