5 Tips On Choosing The Right Chandeliers For Your Home
From its glimmering lights, a romantic glow and a charm that overflows, there is something about the chandelier that exudes luxury and glamor. In fact, the chandelier is one of the most glamorous elements you could have in your home. There’s just something about a chandelier that exudes luxury and glamor.
Whether you like the hanging crystals that bounce like rainbows across the room to make you feel as though you’re on set in a Hollywood movie, installing your very own chandelier will make any room feel more luxurious, no matter what decor style you favour.
However, selecting the right chandelier to suit your space does take some know-how. That’s what we’re here for today. We’re here to help you out with some tips to choose the right chandelier for your home.
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1. Know Your Chandelier Size in Proportion to Your Room
If you install a chandelier that’s too big for the space, it can feel overwhelming. Too small and it’s underwhelming. It’s one of those design elements in which proportion is key. There are some differences in opinion when it comes to chandelier sizes, but most experts tend to agree that there’s a mathematical formula that can help you find your ideally-sized chandelier.
"There's a no-fail equation for the size to choose. Take the width of the room (in feet) + the length of the room (in feet) = diameter/width of chandelier (in inches). So, for example, if your room is 14-feet long by 10-feet wide, a 24-inch-diameter chandelier would look proportionate.” says Yanic Simard, principal designer of the Toronto Interior Design Group.
Still, it would be easy to say that the ALVA 30-Light Antique Chandelier is more well-suited for a larger room as compared to a smaller space.
"To choose the vertical dimensions of the chandelier, the classic rule is to take the room height (in feet) and multiply it by 2.5 or 3 to get a good range (in inches) for the vertical proportions of the light. So if your room has an eight-foot ceiling, this would mean your chandelier should be roughly 20 to 24 inches top to bottom.” he adds.
2. Placement of Your Chandelier is Key
A simple choice of placement can communicate whether you’re a traditionalist or someone who has a penchant for unconventional décor. If you love the classic look and the rest of your space is steeped in the tried-and-true, center your chandelier over the dining table, for example. Otherwise, hang it slightly off-center for something a bit more special. Something like the Franklin 6-Light Antique Chandelier would fit perfect in the center of your living room.
"Chandeliers are ideal for rooms that have tall ceilings or spaces that need a little extra punch, like a grand staircase, for example.” says Eric Cohler of Eric Cohler Design in New York.
“Staircases are perfect for a cascading chandelier element, as both the staircase and the chandelier play off one another to create a sense of drama. Entryways are also great for hanging chandeliers since they help set the first impression of what’s to come.”
3. Complements the Colour and Materials of your Space
A chandelier should feel like an extension of the style of that particular room. When searching for a chandelier, think about the hues and materials that stand out in the room. Look out for warm or dark wood colors to figure out the kind of chandelier best suited for the room. For example, the Alva 12-Light Antique Chandelier is a great fit for more rustic rooms, while the TULIM 18-Light Crystal Chandelier may be more suited for a modern design.
"The best way to select the style is by looking for drama and artistic intent. You want to generate a ‘wow’ effect and leave an impression” says Kobi Karp, founder and principal Kobi Karp Architecture and Interior Design in Miami.
“But really, there are no rules. You might hang a traditional crystal chandelier in a more modern space, or a more modern chandelier in a traditional space."
Are you looking for bright colors or a more neutral palette? Does your room have a mix of metals or only one type of metal present? These are the things to consider when you are deciding on whether to choose a wood, beaded, crystal or metal chandelier. For example, the BEN 3-Light Timber Chandelier would definitely look great in a room with a more neutral palatte.
4. Make Your Chandelier Stand Out
Chandeliers work beautifully as the center of attention in a room. This is undoubtedly true if the chandelier is particularly ornate or displays vibrant colors. A well-proportioned chandelier can open up a room tremendously through the play of light and shadow that lift the eye toward the ceiling. The ALVA 8-Light Antique Farmhouse Chandelier is a great example of this, as it is able to draw your attention to the fixture with its aged brass design.
"Always consider proportion, line and scale. It's essential to measure the ‘drop’ between the bottom of the chandelier and the floor or table.” says Eric Cohler.
In your space, forgo large, attention-grabbing furniture or décor items in lieu of a chandelier that’s directly in the spotlight, and allow it to shine.
"My advice is to look for a fixture with an open eye—some of the most successful rooms I've designed have a mix of lighting styles and materials. And always keep in mind that with lighting, you're in control of creating the room's atmosphere." he continues.
5. Hang the Chandelier Correctly
Depending on where you’re placing your chandelier, there are some guidelines you can follow. When hanging a chandelier above a dining room table, experts generally agree that it should hang 30 to 36 inches above your table. The rule is simple—the taller the ceiling, the taller the chandelier. Chains can always be extended or shortened if needed. For an entryway, the majority of experts still assert that the chandelier should hang no lower than 7 feet.
Chandeliers always capture the eye, and balances the scale and proportion of a room and instantly creates that WOW factor. The glamour and sheer exuberance of a chandelier can transform a space. Purchasing lighting for your home can be shockingly tricky, even for decorating veterans, so we hope that our chandelier tips have helped you find the perfect match for your space.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. What are some dos when it comes to chandeliers?
- If the chandelier is going to be hung over a table, center it over the table rather than being centered in the room. This is especially important within a dining room that has a hutch present.
- Most rooms offer multiple lighting sources which compliment the chandelier. Be sure and install a dimmer switch to control the intensity so you can set the mood appropriately.
- The distance between the bottom of the chandelier and the table should be about 30-34 inches. This allows for proper scaling as well as a centerpiece to be utilized on the table.
2. What are some don’t when it comes to chandeliers?
- The most common mistake when hanging lighting fixtures is they are hung too high. Be mindful of this during installation.
- Be careful not to select a fixture that is too large for the space. A good rule of thumb for round tables is the chandelier should be 1/3 the width of the table. Rectangular and oval tables can take a slightly wider piece rather easily.
- Resist the urge to select a fixture that doesn’t compliment your overall design theme. Make sure the materials and style of the chandelier matches the room. Trends come and go and if you are not careful, you will be replacing your lighting fixtures more frequently than you’d like.