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If you’re selecting lighting for a new home and you don’t have dining room furniture yet, there’s a very simple rule you can follow. Add the length and width measurements of the room together. Your answer equals the right size diameter a chandelier should be. For example, if your dining room is 10′ x 14′, a 24″ diameter chandelier would look great.
For example, in the dining room above, we’ve used the Extra Large Orb Chandelier which is 40″ in diameter with our Andrews 60″ Dining Table. The Orb Chandelier is exactly 2/3 the diameter of the dining table. Perfect!
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Add the length and width measurements of the room together, and your answer equals the right size diameter your chandelier should be.
Tip This same rule applies to flush mount pendants. A larger room requires a flush mount light fixture with a wider diameter.
If it isn’t positioned over a table or surface, hang your pendant or chandelier no lower than 7 feet to allow plenty of room for tall folks.
To find a chandelier that looks proportionate to your table, sheds the right amount of light and won’t bump the heads of your dinner guests, stick to the rule of thumb that your chandelier should be about one-half to three-quarters of the width of your table.
Whether you prefer a chandelier with clean lines, a rustic finish or dripping with crystals, a great fixture captures the eye and makes a dramatic statement. Once you’ve decided on what style you want, there’s one more key ingredient to consider — size. Not only do you want to get the scale right, but you also want to make sure you’re casting enough light for the space. There are a few things to consider before you select and hang a chandelier for your room, so grab a tape measure and follow our tips below.
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Once you’ve chosen the right size light fixture, the next challenge is being sure it’s hung at the proper height. Over a dining table or island, we suggest 30-36 inches above the surface.
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For example, if your dining room is 10′ x 14′, a 24″ diameter chandelier is the appropriate size.
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It’s important to choose a design that’s large enough to wash the entire table in light, so you don’t leave some of your guests sitting in the shadows. Below, we used a drum shade with a diffuser to create super flattering light that your guests will certainly appreciate.
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Casting the right amount of light is so important in creating an ambient setting. You want to avoid the harsh light that comes from functional, or more direct, lighting. Instead, cast a soft, warm glow over your picture-perfect feast. Consider adding a dimmer switch, so you can adjust lighting as needed. You can also use shades for softer lighting.
For a room where your chandelier isn’t hanging over a table, select a size that matches the scale of the room. Simply add the length and width of your room in feet to get the diameter of the chandelier in inches. For example, if your living room is 12 feet wide by 16 feet long, a 28″ diameter chandelier works best.
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However, if you already have a table, it’s more important to size your chandelier design to the table than the room.
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For the right hanging height, position the bottom of the chandelier about 30-32 inches above the table, adjusting to work with the size of the table and the overall scale of your interior.
If you’re hanging two pendants or chandeliers, leave 30 inches of space between them.
A chandelier adds ambiance and provides general lighting for dining and entertaining. You’ll want to choose one that’s large enough to wash the entire table in light, so you don’t leave some of your guests sitting in the shadows.
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However, if you already have a table, it’s more important to size the chandelier to the table than the room. A good rule of thumb is to make sure your chandelier is one-half to three-quarters the width of your table.
Tip Your chandelier should hang 30-36″ above the top of your table.
The rule of thumb is to make sure your chandelier is one-half to three-quarters the width of your table.
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If you don’t have furniture yet, there’s a very simple interior design and decoration rule you can follow:
For the right hanging height, position the bottom of the chandelier about 30-32 inches above the table, adjusting to work with the size of the table and the overall scale of your space.
Often, the trick to good interior design is about sizing up your choices and less about the decoration of the piece. This is especially important when selecting a chandelier for your dining room. Even the most fabulous chandelier, if too large, will simply overwhelm the room.
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We happen to love chandelier shades for their flexible styling. Easily switch up your look throughout the year—use deeper, more dramatic colors in the fall, and lighten up in the spring with cream, butter yellow or another soft color. Or, switch to frosted glass for a totally different look altogether.
In an entryway, follow the same rule for the living room. The length plus width of the entry in feet should be the size of the light fixture in inches.