I love the lighting that chandeliers provide, but many of the traditional ones are a little much for me–hundreds of crystals pack a punch but I shudder at the thought of them tinkling above my dining room table. Luckily there are a slew of options that are much sleeker and more contemporary. Here are some I found on Etsy:
Perfect for lofts with high ceilings, the Vintage Minimalist Ring Chandelier is basic but not boring. The carbon filament bulbs are both industrial/urban and old-fashioned. Image from KAM Lamp Company on Etsy.
This Umbrella Chandelier is kind of the polished version of the first fixture. It keeps the classic eight-arm chandelier shape but the sleek, no-fuss design keeps it super modern. This would look equally at home in a brand-new high-rise or in a 1920's row house. Image from Electric Eye Design on Etsy.
I know I said that I'm not a huge fan of crystal chandeliers, but this one is a game-changer. Sometimes if you go the opposite direction–aka "completely overboard"–it ends up working out in your favor. The Crystal Strand Chandelier one works for me because the designers chose to go with one popular chandelier feature (dangling crystals) and stick with it. The result is a multi-dimensional, glittery glow, without any of the kitsch. Image from Ellio Lavish Lighting on Etsy.