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How to Choose the Right Chandelier for your Dining Room

Posted by admin on March 11, 2014
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Chandeliers come in a variety of styles, colors, sizes, and sizes. You can find anything from bronze to metal, to crystal or glass, even gold and ceramic. With so many choices out there, finding the perfect chandelier for you dining room is almost a guarantee. However, the process may be overwhelming. While shopping around, keep these considerations in mind in order to narrow down your search. With a clearer picture of what you want, you can make the process simple and easy.

How to Choose the Right Chandelier for your Dining Room


Your first consideration should be determining the appropriate sized lighting fixture and mounting height.

Chandeliers are designed to give the illusion that they are floating in a room.  If you choose a chandelier too large, it will overpower a space. A chandelier that is too small will look out of place.

Think about these questions:

How high is your ceiling?

What is the size and shape of your dining room table?

 How big is your dining room?

There is a general rule for determining the proper size chandelier for a dining room.

To size a chandelier for your dining room measure the length and width of the room and add those figures together. This sum, converted to inches, will equal the diameter of the correct-sized chandelier. As for length, the taller the ceiling, the taller the chandelier can be. In a room with an 8-foot ceiling, a chandelier should be suspended about 30 inches above a dining room table.



Your second step is to address other lighting in the dining room.

A dining room is a space where function is equally as important as aesthetics. A typical dining room setting is used for many everyday activities like eating, reading, and entertaining company. Using light fixtures that are multifunctional is key for this area.

Consider these questions.

Is the lighting fixture going to be a focal point in the space? 

What kind of lighting settings are you trying to achieve?

 Should the fixture be centered in the room or centered in consideration of the room’s lighting elements?

Additional lighting such as task or accent lighting might be needed to accommodate all your needs. You also need to consider other areas that need lighting like serving counter tops and focal art pieces. Your chandelier should compliment these lighting fixtures not compete with them. One way to achieve this is through a dimmer switch. A dimmer saves energy and helps control the levels of luminance needed in the space throughout the day.



Finally, your third step is to select a style of chandelier that matches with the decor of the room

Ask yourself these questions.

What catches your eye in the room?

What type of statement do you want to make?

What is the color or material that is predominant in the decoration scheme already in place?

To find the right style chandelier for your home, simply pick a style that matches the room. If the room is more traditional, choose chandeliers with more ornamentation and decorative details. If your home is modern, opt for less ornamentation and fewer details or try an interesting design like a black drum chandelier with a cluster of dangling glass. But remember, the chandelier should complement, not detract from the theme of the room. If the room is predominantly gold-toned, choose a gold chandelier. If the room is silver, go with silver.  Knowing the style of the room is the last step to creating a luminous dining room.



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