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How to Pick the Best Size Chandelier for your Room?

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Even though chandeliers can add amazing ambiance to almost any room in your home most people struggle when it comes to selecting the right one. Unfortunately, when they aren’t chosen well, they end up being unsightly monstrosities that take over their space.

I know it can be extremely confusing when selecting a Chandelier.  Chandeliers have become more than just a fixture in the Dining Room, Foyer or Hallway, they are now added to washrooms and bedrooms!  Deciding on which size is best can be quite the task and once you determine the correct size, how do you determine at what height to hang it?

To help make your task easier, I’ve put together some tips that work for me.

In the Dining Room (One Chandelier)….

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The Visual Weight of the Chandelier plays an important role. The style and heaviness of the light fixture will affect what size you choose.

A visually heavy chandelier can go more towards a smaller diameter. A visually light chandelier can be a little wider in diameter.  If you are not sure you can always send me a Quick Q!

For a Chandelier that will hang over the dining room table it is best to go with a fixture that has a diameter that is half the diameter (or width) of the tabletop.

For example, if the dining room table is a rectangle of 48” wide x 72” long, a chandelier that is approximately 24” (half of the 48” width of the table) in diameter would look accurate. If the table is a 60” round diameter, a 30” diameter chandelier would be appropriate.

In the Dining Room (Two Chandeliers)….

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If you want to hang two chandeliers over an exceptionally long dining room table (for example a table that is approximately 54” wide x 120” long), if you select chandeliers that are 1/3 the width of the table and hang them centered on each end that would work.

Each chandelier would then be approximately 18” in diameter.

 

Determining the height…

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The height of the actual chandelier should be determined by the ceiling height of the room. The rule of thumb allows 2 ½” – 3” for each foot of a rooms height.
For instance, a room that has an 8’ ceiling can use a chandelier that is approximately 20” to 24” in height.
If the ceiling is 10 feet high, than a light fixture that is 25” to 30” would look more appropriate.

The chandelier should be hung centered over the table (unless you are installing more than 1 fixture over the table) and the bottom of the light fixture should be about 30” above the table top.

Dining room chandeliers should always have a dimmer switch so that you can use the dining room for multiple functions. Not to mention the fact that most chandeliers require a dimmer switch as a must!

For the Foyer or Hallyway…

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When you don’t have a table to help you determine the width of the chandelier you need for a room, you rely on the size on the overall room dimensions.
One trick is to add the width and length of the room together in feet and convert that figure to inches to come up with the correct width of the chandelier.

For example, if a Hallway is only 8’ x 6’, you would add 8 + 6 together which equals 14, but instead of 14 feet, it would indicate that a 14” diameter chandelier would work best.

If a room is larger, say 10’ x 18’, you would figure the diameter of the chandelier by the following formula:

10 + 18 = 28 (Therefore, a 28” diameter chandelier would fit the room proportionately.)

It makes sense that the higher the ceiling the taller the chandelier should be so that it will look balanced in the room.

Some Designers follow the rule of allowing 2 ½” – 3” for each foot of a rooms height.
Using this calculation, a room that has an 8’ ceiling can use a chandelier that is approximately 20” to 24” in height.
If the ceiling is 10 feet high, than a light fixture that is 25” to 30” would look more appropriate.

The chandelier in a Foyer or Hallway should be hung centered in the room with the bottom of the fixture no lower than 7′ from the floor.
7 feet is the absolute minimum to allow for head clearance. If you have a tall ceiling you should follow a rule of thumb of at least 7′ 6″ from the floor to the bottom of the light fixture.

Crystal vs. Glass…

Budget usually plays an important role when it comes to glass vs. crystal.  Most people will take the cheaper route not thinking (or knowing) about the long term effects.  Glass changes colour overtime, it can also look blurry or incur black spots.  However, if you invest a bit more into a quality crystal then the colour you see today will be the same colour for years to come.  Remember, a chandelier isn’t something we change all the time, so we want to make sure that we spend wisely!

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