We’ve all seen them: the dreaded boob lights, marring apartments and builder-grade homes everywhere with their unrepentant mediocrity. If you’re a little bit handy you’ve probably replaced one, or thought about it, but then you probably ran into the same difficulty I did when I started looking for a fixture to replace the boobs in my own apartment: flush-mount fixtures can be really ugly. If the room in question doesn’t have the head room for a beautiful chandelier with a two-foot drop, finding the right fixture can be a real challenge. Where are all the nice-looking flush-mount lights? Surely, they have to be out there…somewhere, so we decided to do a little hunting, and here’s what we found.
The classic schoolhouse fixture, available in a variety of finishes and in a variety of shapes.
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Chandeliers and pendants are the jewelry of a home: Without them, you have a totally passable ensemble, but with them, you have pizazz…a chance to further show your aesthetic point of view to the world (or, in this case, visitors). If you’re bucking traditional crystal chandeliers in place of more contemporary lighting, scroll through for 15 of our favorite modern ceiling fixtures.
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The past few years has seen a huge resurgence in sputnik chandeliers, but they’ve taken on a completely new, modern aesthetic, like this one from Mercer41 you can pick up for less than $150.
Please, someone put this over their dining room table and email me a photo. I’d greatly appreciate it. The tube lights beautifully extend the delicate lines of the fixture’s frame, creating what I can only refer to as a glorious adult version of Pick-Up Sticks.
Another fabulous sputnik chandelier, another fabulous day. Jonathan Adler knows how to do modern Hollywood Regency, and the mix of black, white and antiqued brass here makes for a truly timeless piece.
Linear chandeliers easily find their home over a long rectangular dining table or kitchen island, and if you swoon over the mix of warm industrial and cool contemporary, look no further than this RH Modern light.
Anges Chandelier – Six Bulb – Modern Branching Lamp at France and Son
The secret to finding reasonably priced lighting is to shop the children’s section. This mini crystal chandelier from Pottery Barn Kids imitates the look of larger fixtures, but comes at a fraction of the price, and with only an 8-inch diameter, takes up much less space.
This tiny chandelier may only measure 8 inches across, but its three tiers of crystals deliver a big dose of glam. On sale for $60, it’s tempting to get one for every room.
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There’s nothing “square” about this cube-shaped chandelier. It would be beautiful in a foyer to set the tone for the rest of your home.
Good for replacing an unappealing flush mount fixture in a smaller space, like an entryway or hallway.
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Chandeliers are the kind of style stars that have the power to guide a room’s design. However, all those crystals come at a cost and take up valuable air space in homes with low ceilings. Fear not, small space dwellers, you can have your chandelier and hang it, too. The bright idea: Shop for mini, small-scale fixtures (often found in the kid’s section) that cost less than the full-size version, yet shine every bit as bright.
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Something about this chandelier reminds me of a defeated 6-legged spider, curled up in submission…and I’m (strangely) pretty okay with that.
The Fairmont Chandelier from Serena & Lily comes in small and large sizes in both a brass and white plaster finish.
This chandelier can be mounted with a drop or installed flush to the ceiling.
Where nature meets contemporary design: The branching arms of this fixture elicit an organic sensibility, but the bar lighting and brushed brass keep things modern.
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This fixture’s Buckminster Fuller-inspired faceted glass globe will make an intriguiging centerpiece for any room.
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This chandelier may be little, but it certainly makes a statement. The combination of shiny brass and modern geometric cutouts will light up any room in the house.
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Blown glass, antiqued brass and frosted bulbs come together to form a modern wagon wheel-inspired beauty from luxury home brand Arteriors.
If you have the room for this fixture’s 10.5″ drop, it would make a beautiful (and budget-friendly) alternative to standard ugly flush mounts.
Now, for something totally different. The Tam Tam comes in this four-light size, a larger 5-light version and a one-light sconce, and can be customized in seven color combinations.
A classic design reimagined on a slightly smaller scale, the Fairmont’s thin gold arms and delicate lampshades won’t overwhelm a small space.
This small-scale chandelier channels contemporary style with a nautical twist, thanks to glass chips that resemble shells. This versatile light would fit in just as well in a new traditional home as in a bohemian abode.
This funky mid-century modern chandelier drops just 18 inches from the ceiling, making it ideal for spaces with low ceilings. Lucent Lightshop can also customize the drop length to fit your space.
Hand strung with almost 300 crystals, this orb is sure to sparkle even when it’s not turned on.
Part alien space ship, part lamp, this transforming piece from IKEA is a certified showstopper. Check it out in action here.
Seven bulbs make this flush mount fixture appropriate even for a space where you need a lot of light, and has the grandness to stand in for a chandelier.
Reviewers love that this mini chandelier doesn’t hang too low from the ceiling—just 16 inches—and that the dangling crystal is removable.
It’s like we’re back in high school chem class, except this time, it’s far, far more interesting. The peacock blue shades are not something you see often, either, so if you’re after the mid-century look but want something a smidge different, this atomic chandelier might be for you.
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West Elm kills it with its lighting season after season. Its new Sphere + Stem chandelier reminds me of the “boob” lights my parent’s used to have in my childhood kitchen, but in a way that’s far more chic.
Perfect if you crave the look of an industrial, modern chandelier but just don’t have the ceiling height.
All the style of a modern chandelier in a product with only a 6″ drop. It’s also available with the bulbs in a slightly different configuration that results in only a 4″ drop, for spaces where clearances are especially tight.
We can easily imagine this bronze geometric fixture on display in a warm industrial style kitchen or dining room.
All the style and glamour of a chandelier in a fixture that hugs the ceiling.
Jonathan Adler Caracas 6-Light Sputnik Chandelier at Wayfair
The industrial lighting trend doesn’t seem to be going anywhere fast. A few old timey Edison bulbs, brass joints and a matte black finish go a long way to add some serious style above a dining table or entryway.
We get it: brass isn’t for everyone. If silver and chrome finishes are more your speed, try it on for size with this explosive fixture.
Possini Euro Design Glass Sphere 15-Light Pendant Chandelier at Lamps Plus
The simple design and low price of this fixture make it a perfect choice for renters and homeowners alike looking to ditch the boob.
Every bit as eye-catching as the full-size version, this small-scale beaded chandelier adds boho flair to any size space. Although it was originally intended for a kid’s room, the sophisticated design could brighten up a grown-up bedroom, too.