A main staple in lighting for centuries, chandeliers never seem to go out of style. Now no longer just reserved for the dining room, designers are breaking away from typical applications and experimenting with creative uses for chandeliers. With many different styles, sizes, and variations, chandeliers can work in almost every room in the home from kitchens to bathrooms, or even laundry rooms. Their timeless nature makes them the perfect investment in style and quality. Shopping for a chandelier can seem confusing with many factors to consider such as ceiling height, shape, design, and materials. To help you confidently begin your search we’ll guide you through the world of chandeliers, explaining styles, and breaking down sizes and placement guidelines.
Choose Your Chandelier Style
- Crystal Chandeliers: Synonymous with elegance and sophistication, crystal chandeliers instantly add a touch of glamour to any space. Crystal chandeliers are commonly found over dining room tables or in grand entryways; however we believe they can work truly anywhere. We love adding them to intimate spaces like powder rooms, closets, and bathrooms. With endless options available, you can achieve several different looks with a crystal chandelier. For a luxurious look, choose an ornate fixture dripping with crystals, or choose a chandelier with fewer crystals, combined with lampshades for a refined look.
- Traditional Chandeliers: If you are attracted to the look of a crystal chandelier but want something a little more subdued, traditional chandeliers can be the perfect option. Traditional chandeliers can add sophistication to your space, without stealing the show away from the rest of the furniture. Traditional chandeliers come in many different variations and designs; some are simple metal fixtures, while others are dressed up with accents and pendants.
- Modern Chandeliers: Most modern chandeliers look more like works of art than actual lighting fixtures. Modern chandeliers can be the perfect focal point above a contemporary dining room table, or in an updated living room. As mentioned in our Pro Tip below, modern chandeliers can also offer a nice contrast as an accent piece in a traditionally decorated space. Just like hanging artwork, hanging a modern chandelier is an easy way to express your personal aesthetic in your home.
Transitional Chandeliers: In-between the traditional and modern styles, you’ll find transitional chandeliers. These chandeliers can be the perfect combination of traditional elegance, and sleek modernity. Transitional chandeliers work very well in spaces that combine many different design styles. Transitional chandeliers are very versatile, and are perfect for someone who loves to re-decorate and play with different design styles.
Rustic Chandeliers: Crafted from metal, wood, or even antlers and horns, rustic chandeliers are mainly characterized by their materials. Rustic chandeliers looks perfectly placed in cabins and lodges, but we love seeing them in modern spaces for an amazing contrast.
Find Your Chandelier Size
When it comes to chandeliers, one size does NOT fit all; when shopping for fixtures, proportion is the key. Buying the wrong sized chandelier, either too big or too small, can draw too much unwanted attention to the fixture. The goal is to have your chandelier blend in effortlessly and compliment the space, not stick out awkwardly. Mini chandeliers can be the perfect accent in a small cozy room; however in a large foyer the same chandelier would look underwhelming. You can easily hang small, medium, and large chandeliers throughout your house, as long as they are hung in a complimentary space.
Mini & Small Chandeliers: Mini and small chandeliers have become increasingly popular in the last few years. These chandeliers typically range in size from nine to twelve inches, making a big impact without taking up too much real estate. Mini and small chandeliers are perfect for intimate spaces like bathrooms, powder rooms, walk-in closets, laundry rooms, and nurseries. We also love two mini chandeliers in the bedroom, one above each nightstand anchoring the room.
Medium Chandeliers: Medium chandeliers are the most common type of chandelier and will work well in practically any space. Depending on the size of your dining room table, medium chandeliers will work well above the table, acting as a focal point. Medium chandeliers are perfect hung in the center of a bedroom, living room, or kitchen. This size is also ideal for hallways, and for entryways that are on the smaller to medium side.
Large Chandeliers: Though they can certainly be an investment, large chandeliers make a bold statement. Large chandeliers are perfect for large rooms and open spaces that are in need of a wow-factor. This size chandelier works well hung in a large formal dining room or in a large entryway or foyer.
Sizing Entry Way Chandeliers
Entryway chandeliers can be a great way to make a lasting impression on guests when they enter and leave your home. The most important things to consider when hanging an entry way chandelier are placement and height.
Placement: The first thing to do is to size up your space. Is is more than one floor? Chandeliers shouldn’t hang below the second floor, and if your home is only one story the chandelier should be at least seven feet above the floor. The chandelier should be in the centered in the room, in most cases directly in line with the front door.
Height: The height of your chandelier should reflect the height of your ceilings. Most designers recommend that for each additional foot of ceiling height you should add about three inches to the suspension height.
Sizing Dining Room Chandeliers
Chandeliers are perfect for anchoring a dining room table, and can be a great conversation starter. The most important things to consider when hanging a chandelier above a dining room table are height, size, and placement.
Size: Choose a chandelier that’s diameter is one foot narrower than the table’s entire width. This will ensure that no guest bumps their head on your fixture while excusing themselves from the table.
Height: A good rule of thumb to follow for hanging dining room chandeliers is that the bottom of the chandelier should hang between 30 and 36 inches from the top of the table, assuming you have an eight foot ceiling. You can raise your chandelier even higher if you want to leave enough room below for a flower arrangement or a centerpiece on the table, or if you often stand to give toasts. In this case, the best thing to do is hold the fixture over the table and move it up and down until the height feels right.
Placement: Chandeliers should always be centered and hung in the middle of the dinging room table, unless you are taking our advice to hang two medium chandeliers in place of a larger one.