Choosing the Perfect Sized Chandelier

Choosing the Perfect Sized Chandelier

A chandelier can make your entryway or dining room come to life.  If your chandelier is too big it can over power the room and if it is too small then it doesn’t work and makes the room look smaller.  Choosing the perfect chandelier is part art and part science.  You need to think about the size of the room and the type of space that you have to work with.  Let’s go over the steps you need to take to find the perfect light fixture.

Step #1

Measure the room, both the length and the width.  Let’s say you have a room that is 10 feet wide by 12 feet long, the sum of the two numbers would be 22 feet.  Convert 22 feet to 22 inches and you will have the diameter of the chandelier that fits your room the best.  Now let’s figure out how tall your chandelier should be.  If you have ceilings that are 8 feet (which is average) they you should get a chandelier that is between 16-24 inches high.  You want the chandelier to be no more than 3 inches high for every foot of wall height.

Step #2

Define the area that is under the chandelier.  Since many chandeliers are above a dining table then the table will define the area.  If it is the living room then define it with an area rug, create a conversation area or use a table.

Step #3

If your hanging light fixture has multiple lights then you don’t want it to cover more than two thirds of the focal area.  So if you have a light fixture above the dining room table then the diameter of the lights should cover most of the table yet it should still be centered.

Step #4

Choose chandeliers that match the dimensions of your table.  Round chandeliers work with almost any dining table or entry way, on the other hand if you want a different style then it should match your table.  Long rectangular tables work well with long rectangular chandeliers with multiple lights.  Again it should be centered and no more than two thirds of the table.

Step #5

Make sure that your chandeliers are at least 30 inches above the table otherwise you’ll be hitting your head every time someone reaches across the table. When it comes to chandeliers in your entry way then it needs to be at least 7 feet from the floor.

Follow these tips and you will have the perfect chandelier in your home.  The right lighting can make your home feel warm and inviting not to mention highlighting the focal points with flattering light.