If you want to add décor and light to a room, a chandelier can do both jobs with a touch of class. But choosing the right chandelier for the living space can be tricky. Take cues from the room itself before heading out to the lighting store so you can have decorative light that will serve you well for years to come.
Look at Furniture
What type of furniture is in the room where the chandelier will be placed? Is it clean lines and modern, farmhouse, antique, etc.? Use the cues your room furnishings are giving as a starting point when choosing a lighting fixture.
Size matters when choosing a chandelier. If the fixture is too small for the room, it will go unnoticed and not provide adequate lighting for the room. If the chandelier is too big it will overwhelm the room and make it look small.
As a rule of thumb when hanging a chandelier in the dining room (where most of them go), it should be one-half the width of the table. When dealing with a high or vaulted ceiling, choose a taller chandelier instead of a wider lighting fixture to balance out the space.
How will the space be used? If bright light will be needed, choose a chandelier with lots of bulbs and plenty of wattage. A dimmer switch can be installed for rooms that will have varying lighting needs. The chandelier should be the main venue for lighting in the room where it’s located, so be sure to select one that will have the wattage and bulb capacity to provide the light.
Chandeliers are typically suspended over a dining room table, in which case there should be 30 inches from the bottom of the light fixture to the top of the table. This height allows for sufficient task lighting but is high enough to not cast unflattering shadows or impede the view across the table.
When chandeliers are placed in other rooms of the home, they should be suspended at a height which allows the fixture to be seen, but not so low as to pose an obstacle when walking in the room.
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