The Right Size for Your Dining Room Chandelier, this is the tips for you!
Whether brass, leaded glass or wagon wheel, a chandelier makes a design statement as it hangs above a dining table. Early chandeliers cast soft light in great rooms and had to be lowered to clean and re-candle. Today’s models are powered and regulated using electricity. Once you’ve decided what style chandelier you want for your dining room, remember that it illuminates only the area beneath and around it; you may need sconces or additional lighting to illuminate corners or serving areas. The right size central fixture will help determine what supplementary lighting you need.
If you are selecting a chandelier or light fixture for your dining room, it can be confusing to decide on which size is best. Then, once you determine the correct size of light fixture, how do you determine at what height to hang it? While there are no hard and fast rules, there are a few guidelines that will help you determine the right size for your dining room chandelier, and these tips might help you to decide.
1. Measure Your Dining Room Table
The American Lighting Association recommends sizing a chandelier 12 inches less in diameter than the table’s smallest width. Because the recommended height above a table in a room with an 8-foot ceiling is 30 inches, you might subtract a few inches from that so heads don’t bump as diners move to or from the table.
2. Match the Scale of the Fixture to Ceiling Height
Add 1 inch to the height of the chandelier for each foot the ceiling stands over 8 feet. A 12-foot ceiling would lift a chandelier to at least 34 inches above the table. If the ceiling is very high, you may use a larger chandelier to match the scale of the room rather than the size of the table; as the chandelier rises, “headroom” is no longer an issue.
3. Fit the Chandelier to the Proportions of the Room
Add the two dimensions of the room in feet to get the diameter of the chandelier in inches. A 32-inch chandelier would look great on a 12-by-20-foot dining room but overwhelm a room that is only 10 feet wide by 15 feet long.
4. Consider Perceptions
Although they may be the same overall size, a modern chandelier of informal starbursts using light-emitting diodes will appear to spread out wider than a formal, compact “crystal” chandelier. In addition, consider using an oblong chandelier for a long table or one customarily used with one or more leaves; a round or square piece might appear to be skimpy.
Chandeliers come in a wide range of prices. Keep looking until you find one that fits your dining room and budget. You’ll have to look at it every day.