Give any room of your house a new look by replacing an overhead light fixture with a chandelier.

 * It makes a cookie-cutter house unique.

 * It modernizes a home that's stuck in the past because of its outdated fixtures.

 * And it provides a pretty focal point that's also functional.

 A chandelier by definition is a decorative ceiling-mounted light fixture with "arms" or "branches" that hold light bulbs. Chandeliers attach to electrical wires in the ceiling and hang down into the space, bringing light down into the room . Unlike task lighting, chandeliers are designed to provide general, overall light to the section of the room where it hangs.

 It's a piece of jewelry for a room. Even when it's not illuminated, it's a decorative element.

 Traditionally found in more formal spaces like the foyer, living room and dining room, today's homeowners have more recently been hanging chandeliers in bedrooms, bathroom and kitchens.

 Chandeliers are available in so many styles and options that there's certain to be one that fits your home's ambiance -- or the ambiance you want it to have.

 Your choice can change the entire vibe of a room, so it's a great way to express your personality without having to spend money on anything else.

 And if you shop around -- for a sale or  at thrift stores and discount retailers -- you may be able to find a bargain chandelier that looks expensive.

 It's important to select a chandelier that's the right size for your room and hang it at the proper height. House Beautiful magazine suggests that the bottom of the chandelier be 60 inches from the floor. If you're hanging it over a table, the bottom of the chandelier should be 30 inches to 36 inches above the table.

 And to find the right size of chandelier, interior designer Scott Meacham Wood explains, "Measure the length and width of your ... room in feet. Then, add those two numbers together and take that sum and use it in inches — that's the best place to start to figure out the diameter of your chandelier. For example, in a dining room that measures 10 feet by 14 feet, add 10 + 14 = 24. You'll want to look for a 24-inch diameter chandelier."

 A crystal chandelier adds a stylish element to this living room from