How to solve the tricky problem of selecting a right chandelier
A right chandelier can not only be an eye-catching home decor but is able to maintain a nice balance of proportion in the space as well. With so many types of chandeliers to choose from, you must have been confused about which one you should pick. Haven’t got a clue about how to solve such a tricky problem? Here are some tips on choosing the right chandelier.
When speaking of chandelier, most people may think of chandeliers in dining rooms or a foyer. In fact, chandeliers can be hung everywhere in the house as long as you pick the chandelier with a style matching the room design. Hang one with a dimmer switch over your bed in a bedroom and dim it down to soft glow level for a romantic feel. A crystal chandelier above the tabletop in a living room sends out an aura of elegance to space. A mini-chandelier over a bathtub installed in your bathroom can introduce a dose of texture to the room. Consider installing a mini chandelier above a large kitchen island instead of pendant lights to add a glamorous vibe to the kitchen.
To look and function its best, your chandelier needs to be the proper width and height. Here’s the way to figure out both. To figure out your chandelier width, measure the length of the room. Next, measure the width. The length of the room plus the width in feet equals the most appropriate chandelier width in inches. If your room is 16 feet long by 14 feet wide, add those two up you get 30 feet. Turn the measurement into inches, you get 30 inches. That’s a good approximation of how wide the fixture should be. For a small room, consider a chandelier size that is 13 to 22 inches wide. If you have a medium-size room, select a chandelier that is 23 to 30 inches wide. And if you have a large room, look for a chandelier that is 31 inches wide or larger. To determine the chandelier height, first measure the room height, next multiply the room height by three. This equals the suggested height of your chandelier in inches. A chandelier above the dining table should be 12 inches narrower than a table and at least 48 inches away from each of the room walls or edges.
Keep in mind that chandelier size should also be in scale and proportion to room furnishing. The hanging height of your chandelier depends on its location. If you are hanging it above the dining room table, the bottom should be 32 to 34 inches above the tabletop. For chandeliers hung over the open floor, the bottom should be at least 7 feet above the floor. Over a kitchen island, a height of 32 to 34 inches above the countertop is recommended. For the chandelier hung over the bathtub, allow for 8 feet of clearance above the highest edge of the tub (for getting in and out.) In an open foyer, hang the chandelier at eye level or slightly below when viewed from the second floor. Our chandeliers usually come with 10 feet of wire and 6 feet of chain. This lengths work for most homes and can be customized to your ceiling height. Other chandeliers come with different downrod sizes which can be combined to achieve your ideal hanging height.