Choosing the right lighting for your home is never an easy task…but once you’ve decided to incorporate a chandelier into your interior, in order to choose the right one, there are a few things you need to know.
In what room will the chandelier be placed?
It is often assumed that chandeliers can only be used in the most formal of decors…but this is a total misconception. They can be used in any room, from the dining room or kitchen, foyer, living room or office. Even outdoor living spaces are being transformed with chandeliers. Upturned shades and candle lights give a warm wash of ambient lighting while center placed down lights or shades provide direct or task lighting for any table top or surface.
Which chandelier should I choose?
Because of the nearly limitless amount of choices, you can grace any room with the perfect chandelier that will knock their socks off. There are three decisions to make when deciding on a chandelier: Style, Shape and Size.
Today’s chandeliers come in a myriad of styles from a rustic rubbed bronze finish to polished brass or chrome dripping with prisms and crystals. Contemporary styles are also available to highlight a modern décor. Chandeliers are not just for your grandmother’s dining room anymore. Cool, hip styles are now available to give a current, yet graceful look. Bungalow Lighting as a style for every taste.
Chandeliers come in many shapes from the classical to the newest trends. Many, many shapes are available from the most fluid contemporary shaped to the clean lines of the Arts and Crafts inspired chandeliers. Choose your favorite and get ready to make a statement.
One of the most important considerations is the size of your new chandelier. Choosing chandelier that is too large for the room will over power it and visually shrink the size of the space. Installing one that is too small will not give the full impact of a correctly sized fixture..
The general rule for sizing a chandelier to a room is if the room is larger than 10 feet by 10 feet, then the correct size is a 17-20 inch fixture. If the room is 12 by 12, then choose a 26 to 36 inch chandelier. Choose a 36 or 37 inch chandelier for larger rooms.
Hanging and Installation
If a chandelier is going to be hung above a table, then it should be more than 32 to 36 inches above the table top. The chandelier should also be 10-14 inches smaller than the table above which it hangs. If these two measurements are taken into account, then even the tallest guest should be able to dine without hitting their head on your chandelier.
Remember, your new chandelier is likely heavier than a normal lighting fixture. Make sure your current electric junction box can support the larger lamp or purchase a new one that can support more weight.
Follow these easy to use tips and you will add functionality and drama to your interior for years to come.