Choosing the right size chandelier can be a daunting task due to the numerous variables involved. Sometimes, it's difficult to know where to start. Here, we will explore how to choose the perfect chandelier to add both ambiance and style to your home.
Here are some general rules that apply to most spaces:
1. How can I determine the appropriate diameter for a chandelier?
Measure the length and width of the space in feet, and add them together to determine an approximate diameter in inches for the chandelier.
For example 16 feet (Room Length) + 8 feet (Room Width) = 24 feet; The chandelier should be about 24 inches for its diameter
2. How can I determine the appropriate height for a chandelier?
Measure the distance from the floor to ceiling in feet and multiply by 2.5 to determine the appropriate height for a pendant chandelier. This rule applies mainly to pendant style chandeliers and may not necessarily apply to ceiling style chandeliers.
For example 11 feet (Room Height), 11*2.5 = 27.5 The chandelier should be about 27.5 inches for its height
3. How can I figure out the correct height to hang a chandelier?
If you're installing a chandelier in an open space, make sure that the bottom of the chandelier is at least 7.5 feet above the floor.
Depending on the type of space, there may be specific rules and tips that need to be followed.
Besides the general rules that apply to most spaces, there are specific rules and tips for different areas, such as choosing the appropriate chandelier size for the dining room or foyer.
Dining Room & Kitchen island
When hanging a chandelier above your dining table or kitchen island, it is important to consider the size of the chandelier in relation to the size of your dining table or kitchen island. As a general rule, we recommend that the length or diameter of the chandelier should be between 1/2 and 3/4 of the length of the dining table or kitchen island. This will ensure that the chandelier is appropriately sized and proportionate to the space, creating a balanced and harmonious look.
For example, let's say that you have a dining table with 60 inches in length. The chandelier should be between 30 (60 x 1/2) to 45 (60 x 3/4) inches in diameter or length (Same here 1/2 to 3/4 of the kitchen island length)
And the bottom of the chandelier should be 30 to 36 inches away from the tabletop of kitchen island or table.
Two-Story Foyer with Staircase
It is generally recommended that the bottom of a chandelier should be at least 7 and a half feet above the floor. However, if you have a two-story room, you should also consider how the chandelier will appear from the second floor. In terms of placement, there are two commonly used guidelines:
- To make sure a chandelier is hung at the right height, it's best to use the second floor as a reference point. Ideally, the chandelier should be hung slightly lower than or at the top of the staircase. This will ensure that when you're at the top of the stairs, the top of the chandelier will align with your eye level.
- Many designers prefer to place chandeliers independently to make them the main focus of the room. They also recommend placing the chandelier near other architectural features. For instance, if there is a large transparent window above the door, it is best to center the chandelier in the window to create the best visual impact from outside.
When determining the appropriate size of a chandelier for a hallway, multiply the hallway's width in feet by 2.5 to get the diameter of the chandelier in inches.
For example, the hallway’s width is 8 feet. The chandelier’s diameter should be about 20 (8 x 2.5) inches
If you want to decorate with chandelier for your long hallways. We always recommend having them
- Centered in the middle of the hallway
- Spaced between 8 and 10 feet apart
- At least 7 and half feet clearance from floor to bottom of chandelier.